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Game 37: White Sox at Twins

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Guess who’s back... back again. Big Mike’s back - tell a friend!

Cleveland Indians v Minnesota Twins
Big Mike is back!
Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

First Pitch: 710p Central
Wind (Target Field): S 10 MPH
Wind (Sandwiches’ apartment): ??? 999999 MPH
Television: FOX Sports North; ESPN+ (out-of-market); MLB Network (out-of-market)
Radio (EN): ‘CCO 830 AM, Treasure Island Baseball Network, KMBN 102.9 FM “The Wolf”
Radio (ES):
Know the Foe: South Side Sox

It’s what you’ve been waiting for: Michael Pineda is back from his suspension and he’s going to shore up the Minnesota Twins starting rotation and all will be good in the world. Also, Byron Buxton is back. Also, the Twins need to win. Pretty simple, at least to me, some non-athletic individual sitting in front of a laptop writing about it.

Big Mike will make his first start in almost exactly one year. His last start was on September 6, 2019, when he went six innings of four-hit, one-run, ten-strikeout baseball in a 6-2 loss to the Cleveland Ball Club at Target Field. He had a respectable 4.01 ERA/4.02 FIP with a 8.6 K/9 and a 8.7 H/9. He was the team’s most consistent starter last season, so it will be a sight for sore eyes to see him on the mound again.

He’ll match up against Dallas Keuchel tonight. The Chicago White Sox southpaw has a stellar 2.70 ERA/3.22 FIP across seven starts this season. His 0.4 HR/9 leads the American League, so maybe no bombas tonight? Hopefully someone in the Minnesota lineup disagrees with that. On the other hand, the Twins lineups have not done well against lefties...

How about that Twins lineup, eh?

Today's Lineups

Tim Anderson - SS Miguel Sano - 1B
Yasmani Grandal - C Jorge Polanco - SS
Jose Abreu - 1B Nelson Cruz - DH
Edwin Encarnacion - DH Marwin Gonzalez - RF
Eloy Jimenez - LF Eddie Rosario - LF
Luis Robert - CF Ehire Adrianza - 3B
Nomar Mazara - RF Byron Buxton - CF
Yolmer Sanchez - 3B Ildemaro Vargas - 2B
Nick Madrigal - 2B Ryan Jeffers - C
Dallas Keuchel - LHP Michael Pineda - RHP


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