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Game 87: Rangers @ Twins

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It’s a game of the based balls, why not?

MLB: AUG 03 Rangers at Indians
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Time: 7:10 Central. Vegas Line: -172 MIN / +157 TEX

Weather: Scheduled start temp 76°, rather significant chance o’ rain

Opponent’s SB site: Lone Star Ball

TV: FSN. Radio: Players in the 1980s/90s were different and you will hear about this

Texas starter Adrian Sampson throws a slider that’s effective when hitters think it’s a fastball. If they know it’s a fastball, they pound the thing.

These Vegas odds are incredibly weird; generally; they are all multiples of 10. That could be because bettors don’t know what to make of Twins lefty Martin Pérez. He’s muddled since articles on his magic fixed-ness via corporate brilliance appeared here and elsewhere, churning out an ERA of 4.61. That’s... that’s OK. As a friend and husband, my ERA (estimated relationship ability) of 4.61 is definitively subpar, but it’s not terrible. I’ve seen worse.

Today's Lineups

Shin-Soo Choo - DH Max Kepler - RF
Delino DeShields Jr. - CF Jorge Polanco - SS
Elvis Andrus - SS Nelson Cruz - DH
Nomar Mazara - RF Mitch Garver - C
Logan Forsythe - 1B Marwin Gonzalez - LF
Asdrubal Cabrera - 3B C.J. Cron - 1B
Rougned Odor - 2B Luis Arraez - 3B
Danny Santana - LF Jonathan Schoop - 2B
Tim Federowicz - C Byron Buxton - CF

Old friend Lance Lynn, whom the Twins will not face this series, is sixth in the American League among starting pitchers in bWAR. You read that right. Numero uno is Mike Minor, and presumably Adalberto Mejia will face him on Sunday. Could be a tough series for the boys in Kasota Gold, or whatever that jersey number highlight is.

Danny Santana continues to be Danny Santana.