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Game 7: Mariners at Twins

Hopefully not the last Game 7 the Twins play this year.

JOB on the job.
JOB on the job.
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First Pitch: 1:10 PM CDT
Radio: WCCO 830, TIBN
Know Thine Enemy: Lookout Landing

After an exciting come-from-behind victory in Thursday afternoon's home opener, the Minnesota Twins will attempt to lock up the series early with a win here today against the visiting Seattle Mariners. The Mariners have an even 3-3 record to begin their year; the Twins are 4-2 and leading the American League Central. But it's still early -- there's plenty of time for the Twins to extend their lead over the second-place team to 30, maybe 40 games.

This afternoon it will be 30-year-old Mike Leake on the hill for the Mariners, and Jose Berrios getting the start for the Twins. The last time the Twins sent Jose Berrios out to the mound, he pitched the first complete-game shutout of his career. No pressure, Jose!

Leake went 7 strong innings against our divisional rivals in Cleveland his last time out, giving up two runs on five hits en route to a 5-4 victory. Leake's not a big strikeout kind of guy, but has been a pretty dependable starter over the last six years, starting at least 30 games in every season since 2012 and posting a 3.97 ERA over that stretch. Leake throws a fastball, changeup, cutter, curve, and slider (in that order of frequency.) He sits right at or under 90 mph in velocity, so control is a big part of his game. If the lineup can stay patient and draw some walks off ol' Mike, he can be roughed up with some timely hitting.


Today's Lineups


Dee Gordon - CF

Brian Dozier - 2B

Jean Segura - SS

Joe Mauer - 1B
Robinson Cano - 2B Miguel Sano - 3B

Mitch Haniger - RF

Eddie Rosario - LF
Kyle Seager - 3B Logan Morrison - DH
Daniel Vogelbach - DH Eduardo Escobar - SS

Ryon Healy - 1B

Max Kepler - RF
Ichiro Suzuki - LF Byron Buxton - CF
Mike Marjama - C Jason Castro - C
Mike Leake - RHP Jose Berrios - RHP