• Twins vs. Athletics, 07/13/2012, 7:10pm


    Finally, back to baseball. After three days of zero ball and one night of awful All-Star play where the National League drubbed the American League 8-0, we can finally get back to baseball that (mostly) matters. Tonight, the Twins square off against the A's, who entered the break on quite a tear to bring their record back up to .500 at 43-43. The Twins didn't fare quite as well going into the break, losing two wrenching extra innings affairs against the Texas Rangers. But there is light at the end of the tunnel... Young Twins starters pitched well in Texas, giving hope for the rest of the season. Will they keep it up against the Athletics?

    Minnesota lefty Francisco Liriano is taking the mound tonight against righty AJ Griffin. How many more starts do you expect to see Liriano make in a Twins uniform? And what who do the Twins turn to fill his spot in the rotation? As always, be sure to join the Twins Daily discussion below!

    Francisco Liriano

    W L ERA G GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR HB BB IBB SO AVG WHIP GO/AO
    SEASON 3 7 5.08 19 14 0 0 83.1 74 50 47 7 4 50 4 82 .242 1.49 1.18
    MLB Totals 50 49 4.28 153 127 1 1 766.2 712 387 365 71 29 319 6 761 .247 1.34 1.33

    AJ Griffin

    W L ERA G GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR HB BB IBB SO AVG WHIP GO/AO
    SEASON 0 0 2.00 3 3 0 0 18.0 9 4 4 2 0 5 0 11 .143 0.78 1.05
    MLB Totals 0 0 2.00 3 3 0 0 18.0 9 4 4 2 0 5 0 11 .143 0.78 1.05

    Twins Offense
    RK Player Team Pos G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG OPS
    1 Mauer, J MIN C 77 285 44 93 18 1 5 41 44 44 4 1 .326 .416 .449 .865
    2 Revere, B MIN RF 51 209 26 66 6 2 0 11 10 16 18 5 .316 .350 .364 .713
    3 Doumit, R MIN C 67 234 25 67 16 1 7 36 21 52 0 0 .286 .343 .453 .796
    4 Span, D MIN CF 78 315 39 85 20 2 3 24 31 41 9 3 .270 .334 .375 .709
    5 Mastroianni, D MIN LF 32 67 9 18 1 1 1 8 9 12 9 2 .269 .355 .358 .713
    6 Willingham, J MIN LF 81 291 47 76 21 1 19 60 44 79 2 1 .261 .376 .536 .913
    7 Plouffe, T MIN RF 66 229 39 58 10 0 19 36 24 54 0 2 .253 .325 .546 .871
    8 Morneau, J MIN 1B 65 252 28 62 14 1 11 38 23 53 1 0 .246 .312 .440 .752
    9 Butera, D MIN C 23 62 5 15 5 0 1 4 4 15 0 0 .242 .299 .371 .669
    10 Dozier, B MIN SS 55 211 21 51 8 1 3 22 8 41 6 2 .242 .267 .332 .599
    11 Casilla, A MIN 2B 58 174 16 41 10 1 0 14 9 33 10 1 .236 .273 .305 .577
    12 Carroll, J MIN SS 80 273 32 64 10 1 0 25 32 39 6 3 .234 .318 .278 .597
    13 Komatsu, E MIN RF 15 32 2 7 0 0 0 1 4 3 0 0 .219 .297 .219 .516
    14 Hughes, L MIN 2B 4 10 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 4 1 0 .200 .182 .200 .382
    15 Parmelee, C MIN 1B 38 103 9 20 5 1 2 5 9 27 0 0 .194 .278 .320 .599
    16 Valencia, D MIN 3B 27 100 9 19 5 1 1 11 2 23 0 1 .190 .204 .290 .494
    17 Diamond, S MIN P 3 7 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 .143 .143 .143 .286
    17 Thomas, C MIN RF 12 28 2 4 1 0 1 4 0 16 0 0 .143 .172 .286 .458
    19 Burroughs, S MIN 3B 10 17 0 2 1 0 0 1 1 3 0 0 .118 .167 .176 .343

    A's Offense
    RK Player Team Pos G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG OPS
    1 Carter, C OAK 1B 6 17 6 6 1 0 3 5 1 5 0 0 .353 .389 .941 1.330
    2 Cowgill, C OAK RF 32 96 9 26 1 0 1 9 11 24 3 4 .271 .343 .313 .655
    3 Reddick, J OAK RF 83 314 52 84 15 4 20 43 38 77 8 0 .268 .348 .532 .880
    4 Cespedes, Y OAK CF 54 198 19 52 11 1 9 36 16 48 6 2 .263 .326 .465 .790
    5 Moss, B OAK 1B 26 87 15 22 4 0 10 18 7 30 0 0 .253 .316 .644 .959
    6 Smith, S OAK LF 76 221 33 55 13 1 8 27 36 53 2 2 .249 .364 .425 .789
    7 Norris, D OAK C 11 41 5 10 0 0 2 6 4 12 2 0 .244 .311 .390 .701
    8 Crisp, C OAK LF 60 220 23 52 5 2 3 18 20 28 16 2 .236 .299 .318 .617
    9 Ka'aihue, K OAK 1B 39 128 13 30 9 0 4 14 10 28 1 0 .234 .295 .398 .693
    10 Gomes, J OAK LF 55 147 23 34 6 0 8 21 25 57 2 1 .231 .352 .435 .788
    11 Weeks, J OAK 2B 79 311 33 69 11 5 2 13 38 46 12 5 .222 .312 .309 .620
    12 Inge, B OAK 3B 47 173 15 37 8 0 6 36 18 50 0 0 .214 .287 .364 .651
    13 Suzuki, K OAK C 67 232 16 49 11 0 0 16 9 46 1 0 .211 .248 .259 .507
    14 Pennington, C OAK SS 78 272 30 56 13 1 3 16 23 57 11 4 .206 .269 .294 .563
    15 Milone, T OAK P 2 5 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 .200 .200 .200 .400
    16 Barton, D OAK 1B 37 106 7 21 6 0 1 4 19 30 1 0 .198 .325 .283 .608
    17 Taylor, M OAK LF 4 16 2 3 1 0 0 0 0 7 0 0 .188 .188 .250 .438
    18 Rosales, A OAK 2B 13 24 2 4 0 0 0 3 9 3 0 0 .167 .394 .167 .561
    19 Hicks, B OAK 3B 9 25 1 4 3 0 0 2 2 8 0 0 .160 .222 .280 .502
    20 Donaldson, J OAK 3B 28 98 5 15 5 0 1 7 1 26 1 0 .153 .160 .235 .395
    21 Sogard, E OAK 3B 22 69 6 10 1 0 2 6 4 12 1 0 .145 .192 .246 .438
    22 Recker, A OAK C 13 31 3 4 1 0 0 0 4 13 0 0 .129 .250 .161 .411
    Comments 93 Comments
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Twins:
      Span CF

      Revere RF
      Mauer DH
      Willingham LF
      Morneau 1B
      Plouffe 3B
      Dozier SS
      Butera C
      Carroll 2B
      (Liriano P)

      A's:
      Crisp CF
      Weeks 2B
      Reddick RF
      Cespedes DH
      Carter 1B
      Gomes LF
      Norris C
      Inge 3B
      Hicks SS
      (Griffin P)
    1. DPJ's Avatar
      DPJ -
      Where the hell do the A's continue to find these arms?

      I know Oakland can Petco a pitcher, but they keep trading arms only fill them with no name talent that gets the job done.
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Quote Originally Posted by DPJ View Post
      Where the hell do the A's continue to find these arms?

      I know Oakland can Petco a pitcher, but they keep trading arms only fill them with no name talent that gets the job done.
      Yep. Billy ****in' Beane. That's all I can say about it.

      Luckily for the rest of the division, he can't find bats to go with those arms.
    1. Winston Smith's Avatar
      Winston Smith -
      I hope when Liriano is traded they trade Butera with him!
    1. twinswon1991's Avatar
      twinswon1991 -
      The All Star game was so taxing for Joe he couldn't man up and catch a game after 4 days off. We need to quit calling him a catcher when he only does the job part time. Nothing like paying 23 mil for a slap hitting DH who forces us to play freaking Butera 50 games per year!
    1. J-Dog Dungan's Avatar
      J-Dog Dungan -
      Quote Originally Posted by twinswon1991 View Post
      The All Star game was so taxing for Joe he couldn't man up and catch a game after 4 days off. We need to quit calling him a catcher when he only does the job part time. Nothing like paying 23 mil for a slap hitting DH who forces us to play freaking Butera 50 games per year!
      Have you been watching ANY Twins games lately when Liriano is pitching? It has always been Butera catching, because he seems to be able to get through to Liriano on the mound where nobody else has been able to.
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Quote Originally Posted by J-Dog Dungan View Post
      It has always been Butera catching, because he seems to be able to get through to Liriano on the mound where nobody else has been able to.
      Except for that time Liriano had his best season ever with Joe Mauer behind the plate in 2010.

      But whether or not Joe should be catching Liriano, it's certainly not his decision. Gardy is the one to blame for that.
    1. twinswon1991's Avatar
      twinswon1991 -
      Quote Originally Posted by J-Dog Dungan View Post
      Have you been watching ANY Twins games lately when Liriano is pitching? It has always been Butera catching, because he seems to be able to get through to Liriano on the mound where nobody else has been able to.
      If Joe can't get thru to pitchers what value does he have besides a DH/1B? Seriously quit calling this guy a catcher.
    1. minn55441's Avatar
      minn55441 -
      Quote Originally Posted by twinswon1991 View Post
      If Joe can't get thru to pitchers what value does he have besides a DH/1B? Seriously quit calling this guy a catcher.
      If not a Catcher, what would you suggest we call him? He has 145 of his 283 AB's while catching. If you are curious, he has 88 while DHing and another 50 while playing first base.
    1. twinswon1991's Avatar
      twinswon1991 -
      Quote Originally Posted by minn55441 View Post
      If not a Catcher, what would you suggest we call him? He has 145 of his 283 AB's while catching. If you are curious, he has 88 while DHing and another 50 while playing first base.


      He is a high value utility guy who catches 3 days a week. A rich man's Skip Schumacher with less speed but better vs LHP.
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Quote Originally Posted by twinswon1991 View Post
      A rich man's Skip Schumacher with less speed but better vs LHP.
      Calling Joe Mauer a rich man's Skip Schumacher is like calling Craig Biggio a rich man's Nick Punto.
    1. stringer bell's Avatar
      stringer bell -
      While I am beginning to despise having Butera catch Liriano every time, I have mixed opinions about Mauer. IMHO, how much Mauer catches is a much tougher call. If Mauer is behind the plate too much, he misses games because he gets beat up, If Mauer catches too little, his value at a premium defensive position is not maximized. Gardenhire has used Mauer about 50% of the time as a catcher, I guess I'd like to see him there a bit more. The nonsense of Butera being Liriano's catcher should stop, but in a lost season, it bothers me a bit less.
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      I'm a little skeptical of this game starting on time.
    1. Badsmerf's Avatar
      Badsmerf -
      Why does is ****ing matter how much Mauer catches this year? He isn't blocking anyone. He isn't taking AB's from Jim Thome. Get off it. Let him build his legs up. Next year this team will be better, and the after a playoff caliber team. Let Mauer spend his time behind the plate then, when there ARE bats that need to be in the lineup. Who ****ing cares right now.
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Quote Originally Posted by Badsmerf View Post
      Why does is ****ing matter how much Mauer catches this year? He isn't blocking anyone. He isn't taking AB's from Jim Thome. Get off it. Let him build his legs up. Next year this team will be better, and the after a playoff caliber team. Let Mauer spend his time behind the plate then, when there ARE bats that need to be in the lineup. Who ****ing cares right now.
      What he said.
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      Quote Originally Posted by rocketpig View Post
      I'm a little skeptical of this game starting on time.
      I cannot take much more of this damn All Star break. They need to play tonight even if they have to wear SCUBA gear.
    1. Top Gun's Avatar
      Top Gun -
      I'm so ready for baseball.
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      The weather is starting to clear. They might just make it on time.
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      Those last two games in Texas were blacked out here, so it has been a LONG time since I watched a game. I got so desperate that I had to watch the Yankees and Red Sox and the stinking AAA all star game.
    1. Badsmerf's Avatar
      Badsmerf -
      Rubbin son, is racin'.
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