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Game 11: Pirates at Twins

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LaMaKina looks to get on track unless Baldelli thinks he needs MOAR REST.

MLB: Cleveland Indians at Minnesota Twins Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

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Be Cognizant of the Enemy: Bucs Dugout

The Minnesota Twins and Pittsburgh Pirates finish up part one of the weird home-and-home series today. You know what else is weird?

  • This is a day game... on a Tuesday. At least I don’t think it’s too common for the Twins. They’ll leave for Pittsburgh after this, so at least it makes sense.
  • This is a day game on a Tuesday... and it’s nationally televised. ???????????????

At the time of this writing, Jose Berrios will take the mound for the home team unless Rocco Baldelli & Co thinks it’s a great idea to make some last-minute roster move to put Berrios on the 130-day Injured List for a mild left thumb strain and gives another starter 39 days of rest so we’ll probably see Terry Mulholland and that would be pretty awesome. Anyway, last time we saw La MaKina, he started the first game of the series against the Cleveland Spiders. He went five innings, allowing only three hits and two runs, fanning six batters. Alas, those were the only two runs scored in the game and he therefore got tagged with the L.

Former Twins bench coach Derek Shelton gives righty Joe Musgrove the nod for the Bucs. Are you wondering how the word “pirates” and “buccaneers” are interchangeable and/or related? Thanks to Wikipedia, here you go:

The term buccaneer was taken from the Spanish bucanero and derives from the Caribbean Arawak word buccan, a wooden frame on which Tainos and Caribs slowly roasted or smoked meat, commonly manatee.

It doesn’t answer my question, either. Oh well. Musgrove has made two starts and leads the majors in home runs allowed (four), which is good news for the Bomba Squad! Last time out, he allowed two homers to the Milwaukee Brewers in 5.2 innings of work, walking three, but striking out eight. Thanks to Brooks Baseball (possibly some relation to Brandon Brooks of this fine site?), I can tell you that he has a four-seamer that tops at 93ish miles-per-hour, and a slider that sits in the low-to-mid 80s. He also mixes in a bunch of other pitches, including a curveball, changeup, sinker, and “rarely” a cutter.

John Ryan Murphy is still alive and well. He leads the National League in sacrifice hits (1) and is in today’s lineup for Pittsburgh. This is the information that you crave.

Today's Lineups

Adam Frazier - 2B Max Kepler - RF
Phillip Evans - 3B Jorge Polanco - SS
Josh Bell - DH Nelson Cruz - DH
Colin Moran - 1B Eddie Rosario - LF
Bryan Reynolds - LF Miguel Sano - 1B
Gregory Polanco - RF Luis Arraez - 2B
Erik Gonzalez - SS Marwin Gonzalez - 3B
Jarrod Dyson - CF Alex Avila - C
John Ryan Murphy - C Byron Buxton - CF
Joe Musgrove - RHP Jose Berrios - RHP