• Twins vs. Orioles, 07/17/2012, 7:10pm

    In the sort of pounding that would make Pythagoras proud, the Twins shelled the Baltimore pitching staff for 19 runs last night. Almost everyone on the team contributed offensively and Scott Diamond threw a workman-like start behind some slipshod defense by Denard Span, who certainly offset the mistake with a 5 RBI night.

    Tonight, we see Sam Deduno take the mound for the Twins, making only his second career MLB start. For the Orioles, Zach Britton will make his first start of the season. Having started 28 games last season, Britton has spent the year in the minors, accruing a 5-1 record with a 3.47 ERA.

    Did the Twins spend all their offensive might last night? What kind of night do you expect from Deduno? As always, join the Twins Daily discussion found below!

    In other news, the AL batting race is now on for Twins fans, as Joe Mauer has officially moved into second place, .020 behind Mike Trout of the Angels.

    Sam Deduno

    W L ERA G GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR HB BB IBB SO AVG WHIP GO/AO
    SEASON 0 0 5.06 1 1 0 0 5.1 6 3 3 2 0 3 0 3 .333 1.69 1.00
    MLB Totals 0 0 4.09 7 1 0 0 11.0 14 5 5 3 0 7 1 10 .326 1.91 1.50

    Zach Britton

    W L ERA G GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR HB BB IBB SO AVG WHIP GO/AO
    MLB Totals 11 11 4.61 28 28 0 0 154.1 162 93 79 12 1 62 3 97 .276 1.45 1.67

    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 81 302 48 99 18 1 6 43 45 49 4 1 .328 .414 .454 .868
    2 Revere, B MIN RF 55 229 27 73 8 2 0 14 10 18 19 5 .319 .350 .371 .721
    3 Doumit, R MIN C 71 247 27 71 18 1 7 39 21 54 0 0 .287 .341 .453 .794
    4 Span, D MIN CF 81 329 41 93 22 2 3 29 32 42 9 5 .283 .345 .389 .734
    5 Willingham, J MIN LF 85 306 52 83 21 1 22 65 46 83 2 1 .271 .384 .562 .946
    6 Mastroianni, D MIN LF 34 71 10 19 1 1 1 8 9 13 9 2 .268 .350 .352 .702
    7 Plouffe, T MIN RF 70 245 43 63 11 0 19 37 25 55 0 3 .257 .327 .535 .862
    8 Morneau, J MIN 1B 69 269 32 69 17 1 11 40 23 56 1 0 .257 .318 .450 .767
    9 Dozier, B MIN SS 59 224 24 55 8 1 4 25 10 41 6 2 .246 .278 .344 .622
    10 Casilla, A MIN 2B 60 178 16 42 10 1 0 15 9 34 10 1 .236 .271 .303 .574
    11 Carroll, J MIN SS 83 284 35 67 10 1 0 27 34 41 6 3 .236 .321 .278 .599
    12 Butera, D MIN C 25 66 5 15 5 0 1 4 4 16 0 0 .227 .282 .348 .630
    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

    Orioles Offense
    RK Player Team Pos G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG OPS
    1 Reimold, N BAL LF 16 67 10 21 6 0 5 10 2 14 1 0 .313 .333 .627 .960
    2 Jones, A BAL CF 89 355 59 104 20 2 20 45 18 63 11 5 .293 .337 .530 .866
    3 Markakis, N BAL RF 54 218 28 58 17 1 8 27 23 37 1 1 .266 .339 .463 .802
    4 Davis, C BAL 1B 76 282 39 74 12 0 14 41 15 86 0 3 .262 .305 .454 .759
    5 Thome, J BAL DH 9 35 1 9 2 0 0 2 4 13 0 0 .257 .333 .314 .648
    6 Betemit, W BAL 3B 75 251 31 64 12 0 10 32 24 74 0 1 .255 .317 .422 .739
    7 Wieters, M BAL C 81 295 35 75 15 1 12 45 31 56 1 0 .254 .332 .434 .766
    8 Paulino, R BAL C 20 63 5 16 3 0 0 5 1 9 0 0 .254 .266 .302 .567
    9 Matusz, B BAL P 2 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 .250 .250 .250 .500
    10 Pearce, S BAL LF 26 69 8 17 4 0 3 14 7 17 0 1 .246 .308 .435 .742
    11 Avery, X BAL CF 24 90 13 21 6 1 1 6 11 22 6 2 .233 .317 .356 .672
    12 Andino, R BAL 2B 79 274 28 63 9 1 5 21 23 73 4 3 .230 .292 .325 .617
    13 Hall, B BAL LF 7 9 2 2 0 0 1 1 5 7 0 0 .222 .500 .556 1.056
    14 Hardy, J BAL SS 87 370 42 80 15 2 13 34 19 60 0 0 .216 .255 .373 .628
    15 Reynolds, M BAL 3B 65 207 30 44 14 0 8 27 36 75 1 2 .213 .340 .396 .736
    16 Flaherty, R BAL 3B 52 96 7 20 0 0 2 7 2 30 1 0 .208 .238 .271 .508
    17 Johnson, N BAL 1B 38 87 9 18 4 0 4 11 11 26 2 0 .207 .324 .391 .714
    17 Tolleson, S BAL 3B 20 58 4 12 3 0 2 6 4 13 1 0 .207 .258 .362 .620
    19 Teagarden, T BAL C 3 5 1 1 0 0 1 2 1 2 0 0 .200 .333 .800 1.133
    20 Roberts, B BAL 2B 17 66 2 12 0 0 0 5 5 12 1 1 .182 .233 .182 .415
    21 Chavez, E BAL LF 34 106 12 18 2 0 2 6 4 19 2 2 .170 .207 .245 .452
    Comments 120 Comments
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      The Twins are doing a good job of letting Britton off the hook tonight. Not very RISP-y.
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Quote Originally Posted by glunn View Post
      I have been begging for Butera AND Mauer to do a Tovar this year -- two Tovars in one game would be amazing.
      Why stop there? Throw Doumit in for laughs.
    1. Top Gun's Avatar
      Top Gun -
      Sorry, it is not my intent to fool anyone. I'm well past retirement age, I don't see so well and posting on the internet is way out of my league so maybe I should just go back
      to listening to the Twins on the radio.
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      Quote Originally Posted by rocketpig View Post
      Why stop there? Throw Doumit in for laughs.
      That my friend is PURE GENIUS.
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Quote Originally Posted by Top Gun View Post
      Sorry, it is not my intent to fool anyone. I'm well past retirement age, I don't see so well and posting on the internet is way out of my league so maybe I should just go back
      to listening to the Twins on the radio.
      Dont let their snark get to you. They're just mad that mom won't let them out of the basement to play with the neighbor kids.
    1. SpiritofVodkaDave's Avatar
      SpiritofVodkaDave -
      Hijack!
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      On another note, I just noticed that MLB At Bat changes the release point for each pitch. Awesome. I don't know what kind of crazy mapping tech their using for that but it's awesome.
    1. Top Gun's Avatar
      Top Gun -
      We don't need no more Charlie Finley. stuff.
    1. Top Gun's Avatar
      Top Gun -
      I remember when Jim Lemon, Bill Tuttle, and Lenny Green played the OF.
    1. snepp's Avatar
      snepp -
      Quote Originally Posted by rocketpig View Post
      On another note, I just noticed that MLB At Bat changes the release point for each pitch. Awesome. I don't know what kind of crazy mapping tech their using for that but it's awesome.
      Release point is among the information tracked by Pitchf/x.
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      Quote Originally Posted by Top Gun View Post
      I remember when Jim Lemon, Bill Tuttle, and Lenny Green played the OF.
      You got me by a couple years, but I did see TonyO play as a rookie.
    1. jctwins's Avatar
      jctwins -
      Does anyone else find these conversations with people in the booth very awkward? Give them a microphone or quit asking them questions on camera.
    1. Badsmerf's Avatar
      Badsmerf -
      If Deduno could actually locate his pitches, he might have a future. As it is now, his guess is as good as ours to where the ball is going. I think it has to do with his follow through more than anything. It is inconsistent to say the least.
    1. IdahoPilgrim's Avatar
      IdahoPilgrim -
      Quote Originally Posted by jctwins View Post
      Does anyone else find these conversations with people in the booth very awkward? Give them a microphone or quit asking them questions on camera.
      Better yet, just stick to calling the game and forget about the cute fluff stuff.
    1. Badsmerf's Avatar
      Badsmerf -
      Quote Originally Posted by jctwins View Post
      Does anyone else find these conversations with people in the booth very awkward? Give them a microphone or quit asking them questions on camera.
      Yes, it is weird. They are just trying to add something since Bert has been gone.
    1. IdahoPilgrim's Avatar
      IdahoPilgrim -
      Quote Originally Posted by Badsmerf View Post
      Yes, it is weird. They are just trying to add something since Bert has been gone.
      They did it back when Bert was there too.
    1. JB_Iowa's Avatar
      JB_Iowa -
      It's all part of the Twins strategy of marketing entertainment instead of baseball. Same thing they do with TF.

      I hate it but its all part of the game. One more reason I often turn off the sound.
    1. IdahoPilgrim's Avatar
      IdahoPilgrim -
      To actually talk about the game for a change, Deduno has settled down nicely since that first inning. Too bad he's got his pitch count up into the 80s. I must admit I didn't expect this good a start from him. Not lights out spectacular, but he's getting the job done - keeping the score down and giving the hitters a chance.
    1. NorthwestTwinsFan's Avatar
      NorthwestTwinsFan -
      Carroll comes through with a big two-out rbi double.
    1. jctwins's Avatar
      jctwins -
      With one swing of the bat, I think this season is over.
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