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  • Twins vs. Orioles, 07-18-2012, 7:10pm


    The Twins rallied last night and defeated the Orioles in what seemed to be a never-ending game that finished just before 11pm Central Time. Led by a balanced hit attack up and down the lineup, the Twins came back from a 4-1 deficit and the bullpen held strong to finish the game with a 6-4 victory. Joe Mauer raised his batting average to .333, trailing only Mike Trout of the Angels in the American League.

    Tonight, Twins fans will see Francisco Liriano on the mound, going against the Orioles' Tommy Hunter. Liriano has one, maybe two, more starts before the trade deadline and after his 15 strikeout affair last week, looks to continue building his trade value heading into July 31st. Like most of the Baltimore staff, Hunter has struggled this season, posted a well below average ERA for the club.

    Can the Twins pull it off again? What kind of lineup do you expect Gardenhire to roll out onto Target Field this evening? And is Liriano quickly becoming the best pitcher available on the trade market? Join the Twins Daily discussion below and talk about it!

    Francisco Liriano

    W L ERA G GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR HB BB IBB SO AVG WHIP GO/AO
    SEASON 3 8 4.93 20 15 0 0 91.1 78 54 50 8 4 51 4 97 .233 1.41 1.17
    MLB Totals 50 50 4.28 154 128 1 1 774.2 716 391 368 72 29 320 6 776 .246 1.34 1.32

    Tommy Hunter

    W L ERA G GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR HB BB IBB SO AVG WHIP GO/AO
    SEASON 3 4 6.11 15 13 0 0 81.0 101 59 55 20 3 16 2 45 .308 1.44 1.24
    MLB Totals 29 20 4.82 80 68 2 0 416.2 463 239 223 70 13 100 5 231 .279 1.35 0.99

    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 82 306 48 102 19 1 6 44 46 49 4 1 .333 .420 .461 .881
    2 Revere, B MIN RF 56 234 27 74 8 2 0 15 10 18 19 5 .316 .347 .368 .714
    3 Doumit, R MIN C 72 252 28 73 18 1 7 41 21 54 0 0 .290 .342 .452 .794
    4 Span, D MIN CF 82 332 42 95 22 2 3 29 34 43 9 5 .286 .351 .392 .743
    5 Willingham, J MIN LF 86 309 53 84 22 1 22 65 48 84 2 1 .272 .386 .563 .950
    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 71 249 44 64 11 0 19 37 26 55 0 3 .257 .329 .530 .859
    8 Morneau, J MIN 1B 70 272 33 69 17 1 11 40 25 56 1 0 .254 .319 .445 .764
    9 Dozier, B MIN SS 60 229 24 56 8 1 4 26 10 41 6 2 .245 .277 .341 .617
    10 Carroll, J MIN SS 84 288 36 69 11 1 0 28 34 42 6 3 .240 .323 .285 .608
    11 Casilla, A MIN 2B 60 178 16 42 10 1 0 15 9 34 10 1 .236 .271 .303 .574
    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

    Baltimore 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 90 360 60 105 20 2 21 48 18 64 11 5 .292 .335 .533 .868
    3 Markakis, N BAL RF 55 222 30 61 17 1 8 27 24 37 1 1 .275 .348 .468 .816
    4 Davis, C BAL 1B 77 285 39 74 12 0 14 41 16 89 0 3 .260 .304 .449 .753
    5 Betemit, W BAL 3B 76 255 31 66 12 0 10 32 24 75 0 1 .259 .319 .424 .743
    6 Wieters, M BAL C 82 298 35 77 15 1 12 45 32 56 1 0 .258 .337 .436 .774
    7 Paulino, R BAL C 20 63 5 16 3 0 0 5 1 9 0 0 .254 .266 .302 .567
    8 Matusz, B BAL P 2 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 .250 .250 .250 .500
    9 Pearce, S BAL LF 26 69 8 17 4 0 3 14 7 17 0 1 .246 .308 .435 .742
    10 Thome, J BAL DH 10 37 2 9 2 0 0 2 7 15 0 0 .243 .364 .297 .661
    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 88 374 42 81 15 2 13 34 20 60 0 0 .217 .257 .372 .629
    15 Reynolds, M BAL 3B 66 211 30 44 14 0 8 27 36 76 1 2 .209 .335 .389 .723
    16 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 21 59 4 12 3 0 2 6 4 14 1 0 .203 .254 .356 .610
    18 Flaherty, R BAL 3B 53 99 7 20 0 0 2 7 2 32 1 0 .202 .231 .263 .493
    Comments 54 Comments
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      Quote Originally Posted by sbknudson View Post
      The problem is that, given his track record, the next start could just as easily be the reverse - 2 IP 6 ER. I'd love to be able to believe that this time is for real, but when you get burned, it's hard not to be skittish about playing with fire.
      The same could be said for any pitcher.

      How many pitchers do the twins have with the ability to put up a ten start stretch with the above numbers?
    1. TheLeviathan's Avatar
      TheLeviathan -
      2011 MIN 26 24 9 10 0 0 0 1 1 134.1 125 81 76 14 75 112 5.09 1.49 .249

      Frontline baby. Frontline.
    1. GCTF's Avatar
      GCTF -
      Oh noes, down to 2 catchers now.
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      Quote Originally Posted by Badsmerf View Post
      I think Plouffe is now my favorite player. Can't help but pull for the guy. Seems to take things seriously and keeps getting better. I'm more impressed with how well he's played on defense and his continual growth than anything.
      Hes really looked pretty good.

      Odd, considering i was told in spring that its impossible for a guy with the skills to play SS for half a decade of pro ball to ever transition to an easier infield position.
    1. GCTF's Avatar
      GCTF -
      Spantastic.
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      Nice job Fein.

      Side note: According to JoeC in the STrib, the MRI on Capps "came back worse than expected."

      All I can say is Crapp(s).
    1. Badsmerf's Avatar
      Badsmerf -
      Quote Originally Posted by USAFChief View Post
      Nice job Fein.

      Side note: According to JoeC in the STrib, the MRI on Capps "came back worse than expected."

      All I can say is Crapp(s).
      Nice contract JR lol. Not that its breaking the bank, just stupid.
    1. snepp's Avatar
      snepp -
      What a cluster**** this inning is turning into.


      Twins Baseball™!
    1. Ultima Ratio's Avatar
      Ultima Ratio -
      Cant' Casilla steal second? Why do we have to sacrifice. ugh....
    1. Ultima Ratio's Avatar
      Ultima Ratio -
      Total amateur 9th there fellas....
    1. TheLeviathan's Avatar
      TheLeviathan -
      It still irritates me so much that this team has good speed and yet can't seem to steal a base when it matters. This just has to be a Gardy thing.
    1. JB_Iowa's Avatar
      JB_Iowa -
      Well, they have to get rid of Frankie just because they can't score many runs when he's on the mound. Geez.
    1. Ultima Ratio's Avatar
      Ultima Ratio -
      Revere must be the only one able to swipe a bag... Span doesn't steal much either.
    1. Badsmerf's Avatar
      Badsmerf -
      I didn't get the jizz fest when Casilla didn't run past that ball. If he gets hit he is out, runner's interference he is out. He doesn't beat the throw anyway. Just thought it was a stupid tantrum.
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