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Pat Dean Makes His Debut as Twins Lose 9-2

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The Orioles slugged three homers in dismantling the Twins this afternoon.

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There wasn't much else that was good in this game. Phil Hughes was knocked out of the game early and suffered his sixth loss already this season. Joe Mauer's second day as leadoff man went much better as he went 2-for-3 with a walk. However, he didn't score either run today as the rest of the offense was meh as usual. Miguel Sano hit a home run. Solo, of course. Juan Centeno had two singles, which I'm sure made most Twins fans believe he's already a more valuable catcher than John Ryan Murphy.

As for the bad, there was quite a bit. Hughes needed to keep the ball in the ballpark against this murderer's row and he didn't succeed. He first allowed a two-run homer to Mark Trumbo in the 2nd inning, then served up back-to-back dingers to Chris Davis and Trumbo in the 4th. With a 5-1 deficit, Paul Molitor chose to pull Hughes even though he had thrown just 67 pitches. The ball was given to Pat Dean, making his major league debut and it went okay. Eating up 2 2/3 innings for the bullpen, Dean gave up single runs in the 6th and 7th innings, though he did strike out three. Adam Jones completed the slugfest with a 2-run homer of his own off Brandon Kintzler in the 9th inning.

This is fine. Everything is fine.

WP: Tyler Wilson (2-1)

LP: Phil Hughes (1-6)

S: lol

Studs

Joe Mauer (2-for-3, BB), Miguel Sano (1-for-4, HR, RBI), Juan Centeno (2-for-3)

Duds

Phil Hughes (4 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, 4 K), Byung Ho Park (0-for-3, BB, 2 K)