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Game 45: Twins at Cardinals

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Detroit Tigers v Minnesota Twins Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

First Pitch: More-or-less right now

TV: FSNO

Radio: WCCO, El Lobo (that’s the Wolf in spanish,) TIBN, twinsbeisbol.com

Know Thine Enemy: VEB, again and/or still.

Maybe I got this one posted before the game started. Lets hope so. I’m writing it in the first inning of game one, so all I need to do is push the publish button.

Anyway, Randy Dobnak starts on four days rest. He’s generally only gone around 70ish pitches and/or 5ish innings this season, typically twice through the order. I would assume this trend continues.

Daniel Ponce de Leon starts opposite. I believe he is looking for a certain fountain that Nelson Cruz has already drank from. Hint: its probably in Florida. DPdL (totally just made that up, no idea if anyone calls him that,) has had a rough year. He’s got a 0-3 record and a 7+ ERA. This is his third year operating as a swingman for the Cards, picking up the start in a majority of his appearances, but also spending time in the pen. He’s been generally effective overall, and his 2020 is a small sample with some encouraging things (like a 12.2 K/9) that means he could be a tougher challenge for the Twins than first glance suggests.

Today's Lineups

TWINS CARDINALS
LaMonte Wade - CF Tommy Edman - RF
Josh Donaldson - 3B Paul DeJong - SS
Nelson Cruz - DH Paul Goldschmidt - DH
Eddie Rosario - LF Brad Miller - 2B
Miguel Sano - 1B Rangel Ravelo - 1B
Brent Rooker - RF Tyler O'Neill - LF
Ehire Adrianza - SS Matt Carpenter - 3B
Marwin Gonzalez - 2B Matt Wieters - C
Ryan Jeffers - C Harrison Bader - CF
Randy Dobnak - RHP D. Ponce de Leon - RHP