• 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. minn55441's Avatar
      minn55441 -
      Load them up for Justin. I'm sure a dinger would feel good right now.
    1. COtwin's Avatar
      COtwin -
      Hit streak done
    1. Reginald Maudling's Shin's Avatar
      Reginald Maudling's Shin -
      Does Perkins have any trade value? Is he considered a "proven closer" yet?
    1. minn55441's Avatar
      minn55441 -
      25 runs in our last 15 innings. One way to overcome not so good pitching. Don't think we can keep this up the rest of the season.
    1. snepp's Avatar
      snepp -
      He can't field a grounder to save his life, but he can do that.
    1. IdahoPilgrim's Avatar
      IdahoPilgrim -
      OK, diving into the stands to make a catch is fine, but as it was the last out of the inning, couldn't he have at least given the ball to the fan he almost knocked down?
    1. minn55441's Avatar
      minn55441 -
      Perkins has plenty of trade value, but probably not as a closer. With only 6 career saves, I would not call him proven. I can't imagine a club in contention turning to a guy with only 4 saves on the year as their closer for the playoff race.
    1. IdahoPilgrim's Avatar
      IdahoPilgrim -
      That woman gave the Orioles player way too much respect. If that had been me with a glove, I'd have been right at the edge of the rail, glove stretched up, with shoulder braced to take the collision.

      Or maybe not.
    1. Highabove's Avatar
      Highabove -
      Perkins and Burton are going no where.

      The Twins will use those two for a core of a young Bullpen next year.
    1. Milkman's Avatar
      Milkman -
      Hijack part 2
    1. snepp's Avatar
      snepp -
      The two-headed closermonster.
    1. Milkman's Avatar
      Milkman -
      Quote Originally Posted by snepp View Post
      The two-headed closermonster.
      Closing based off of match ups? What a novel idea!
    1. IdahoPilgrim's Avatar
      IdahoPilgrim -
      And with that, the Twins move within a half-game of 4th place Kansas City! Go Twins! The miracle starts now!

      Was nice to see them win two in a row, though.
    1. minn55441's Avatar
      minn55441 -
      Very nice win, nice to see the guys come from behind with a bunch of runs.
    1. Top Gun's Avatar
      Top Gun -
      The Twins with the statement game last nite and the ,payback game tonite, Mr. K goes tomorrow, The Twins are out to sweep the Orioles for season opener, halfway home!
    1. buckninetyone's Avatar
      buckninetyone -
      Quote Originally Posted by minn55441 View Post
      nice to see the guys come from behind with a bunch of runs.
      i'm new here. can i make a joke or not?
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      Quote Originally Posted by sbknudson View Post
      That woman gave the Orioles player way too much respect. If that had been me with a glove, I'd have been right at the edge of the rail, glove stretched up, with shoulder braced to take the collision.

      Or maybe not.
      The ball was indeed in her space, but she did not look capable of surviving the hit that she would have sustained. The Twins should sell those seats to burly guys with gloves.
    1. Scheherezade's Avatar
      Scheherezade -
      Great game! It was a blast to watch in section 225. I was worried getting tickets with Deduno on the mound, but he didn't do so bad (or the O's were just inept). Bats came alive and the Bullpen was tight when it counted.
    1. snepp's Avatar
      snepp -
      Quote Originally Posted by glunn View Post
      The ball was indeed in her space, but she did not look capable of surviving the hit that she would have sustained. The Twins should sell those seats to burly guys with gloves.
      It's the burly guys with gloves that are too stupid to recognize when a ball is still in play, they're as likely to hurt the home team.
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      Quote Originally Posted by buckninetyone View Post
      i'm new here. can i make a joke or not?
      Not that one. No. No.
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