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Game XXX: Twins @ White Sox

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"It's time you knew the truth, Jose. I'm not your real father."
"It's time you knew the truth, Jose. I'm not your real father."
Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports
Time: 6:10 (00:10 GMT.) Vegas Line: -200 CHW / MIN +180
Weather: Partly Cloudy, Gusty, Temp Around 54
Opponent SB Site: South Side Sox
TV: FSN. Radio: Does Not Use Hawk Harrelson

Goofy anomaly about Sox starter Chris Sale: in 2013 (as usual a fine season for him) he allowed 19 steals on 21 attempts. That's for a lefhander, mind you, and one who picked off six runners the previous year. (This season he's already picked off three.) But, the Sox catchers that year included Tyler Flowers, Josh Phlegley, etc. . . . it was The Curse of Letting A.J. Leave, I guess.

The Twins have "Not Johan" Santana, fresh from the D.L. Their digits:

ERA H/9 K/9 BB/9 HR/9 OPS v L/R BAbip FIP
Santana 3.15 9.0 8.1 3.6 0.5 .652/781 .317 3.13
Sale 1.66 5.4 7.9 1.9 0.6 .437/.480 .207 2.92

Sale basically throws a 2-seamer, slider and change at bafflingly different speeds. His BAbip is ridiculous, but unfortunately his strikeout rate is lower than usual, too, so both those things will straighten out and you wish the Twins had him. Lineups:

Second Rate Second City
Darin Mastroianni, RF
Adam Eaton, RF
Eduardo Nunez, SS Austin Jackson, CF
Miguel Sano, DH Jose Abreu, 1B
Trevor Plouffe, 3B Todd Ali-Frazier, 3B
Byung Ho Park-Bang, 1B Melky Cabrera, LF
Oswaldo Arcia, LF Brett Lawrie, 2B
Jorge Polanco, SS Avisail Garcia, DH
Kurt Suzuki, C Dioner Navarro, C
Danny Santana, CF Tyler Saladino, SS

Yes, the lifetime slugging machine "Maestro" is leading off (an OBP of .193 his last two MLB seasons.) On a lighter note, I saw on the Orioles SB site that today in Twins history is kind of interesting for what happened in 2010. Can you guess what that was?