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  • Twins vs Royals, 07-20-2012, 7:10pm

    The Twins handed a late lead to the Orioles and lost yesterday's game, 4-3. That left them with a disappointing 2-5 homestand as they travel to Kansas City to meet the fourth place Royals and play a three game set.

    But hey, Nick Blackburn is back in the rotation! After pitching well in a couple of starts in Rochester, the Twins have brought Nick back to Minnesota in hopes that he's be and track and that his sinker is finally, uh, sinking. To counter, the Royals are offering their own struggling right-hander in Luke Hochevar to keep the playing field even.

    Now that Blackburn is back, what do you expect from him? Will he continue to get shelled at the Major League level or is there a chance he has figured out his sinker again? Join the Twins Daily discussion below!

    Nick Blackburn

    W L ERA G GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR HB BB IBB SO AVG WHIP GO/AO
    SEASON 4 5 8.10 13 13 0 0 63.1 90 57 57 15 0 22 0 30 .333 1.77 1.25
    MLB Totals 43 51 4.79 139 131 5 0 783.1 950 466 417 109 18 198 11 376 .301 1.47 1.34

    Luke Hochevar

    W L ERA G GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR HB BB IBB SO AVG WHIP GO/AO
    SEASON 6 8 5.16 18 18 1 1 103.0 111 60 59 11 7 33 2 75 .280 1.40 1.24
    MLB Totals 36 51 5.27 118 114 4 2 688.2 734 428 403 79 34 229 8 462 .272 1.40 1.38

    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 84 313 49 103 20 1 6 44 47 49 4 1 .329 .416 .457 .873
    2 Revere, B MIN RF 58 243 28 76 8 2 0 15 10 19 20 5 .313 .342 .362 .705
    3 Doumit, R MIN C 74 256 28 73 18 1 7 41 21 55 0 0 .285 .339 .445 .784
    4 Span, D MIN CF 84 340 42 95 22 2 3 29 35 43 9 5 .279 .346 .382 .728
    5 Willingham, J MIN LF 88 315 54 87 22 1 23 67 50 84 2 1 .276 .392 .571 .963
    6 Mastroianni, D MIN LF 35 72 10 19 1 1 1 8 9 13 9 2 .264 .346 .347 .693
    7 Plouffe, T MIN RF 73 256 44 67 12 0 19 38 26 56 0 3 .262 .333 .531 .865
    8 Morneau, J MIN 1B 72 280 34 71 17 1 11 40 25 58 1 0 .254 .317 .439 .756
    9 Dozier, B MIN SS 62 237 24 57 8 1 4 26 10 41 6 2 .241 .272 .333 .605
    10 Carroll, J MIN SS 85 292 36 70 11 1 0 28 34 43 6 3 .240 .322 .284 .606
    11 Butera, D MIN C 26 68 5 16 5 0 1 4 4 16 0 0 .235 .288 .353 .641
    12 Casilla, A MIN 2B 62 181 16 42 10 1 0 16 9 34 10 1 .232 .265 .298 .564
    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

    Royals Offense
    RK Player Team Pos G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG OPS
    1 Mazzaro, V KC P 2 4 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 .500 .500 .500 1.000
    2 Perez, S KC C 19 69 12 26 5 0 5 9 2 4 0 0 .377 .394 .667 1.061
    3 Bourgeois, J KC CF 19 33 8 11 2 1 0 4 3 2 3 3 .333 .389 .455 .843
    4 Falu, I KC 2B 15 53 8 17 4 1 0 5 1 9 0 0 .321 .333 .434 .767
    5 Escobar, A KC SS 89 331 37 102 21 3 4 28 15 61 14 2 .308 .349 .426 .775
    6 Getz, C KC 2B 41 117 13 35 7 2 0 12 7 9 6 2 .299 .336 .393 .729
    7 Butler, B KC 1B 90 337 35 100 13 0 18 56 32 58 2 1 .297 .367 .496 .863
    8 Gordon, A KC LF 91 363 52 106 31 3 5 33 49 71 3 3 .292 .378 .435 .814
    9 Cain, L KC CF 12 38 7 11 2 0 2 7 2 6 0 0 .289 .310 .500 .810
    10 Moustakas, M KC 3B 86 329 45 88 22 0 16 49 23 69 3 2 .267 .321 .480 .801
    11 Pena, B KC C 45 140 11 37 9 0 1 17 5 14 0 1 .264 .286 .350 .636
    12 Dyson, J KC CF 68 216 35 54 6 4 0 7 20 39 17 3 .250 .313 .315 .627
    12 Francoeur, J KC RF 88 348 34 87 15 3 8 27 16 64 1 4 .250 .290 .379 .669
    14 Betancourt, Y KC 2B 47 180 20 42 11 1 6 31 9 20 0 1 .233 .266 .406 .671
    15 Quintero, H KC C 43 138 7 32 12 0 1 19 4 28 0 1 .232 .257 .341 .598
    16 Hosmer, E KC 1B 88 333 38 75 16 1 9 40 31 51 9 1 .225 .294 .360 .655
    17 Giavotella, J KC 2B 21 69 8 15 3 0 0 6 4 12 0 0 .217 .260 .261 .521
    Comments 77 Comments
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Twins:
      Revere CF

      Carroll SS
      Mauer 1B
      Willingham LF
      Morneau DH
      Plouffe 3B
      Doumit C
      Mastroianni RF
      Casilla 2B
      (Blackburn P)

      Royals:
      Gordon LF
      Escobar SS
      Butler DH
      Moustakas 3B
      Cain CF
      Hosmer 1B
      Francoeur RF
      Perez C
      Betancourt 2B
      (Hochevar P)
    1. stringer bell's Avatar
      stringer bell -
      Hmmm. no Span. Could he be packing his bags for a trip to DC or Cincy? Bohlinger says it just a day off.
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      Was that a double given up by Blackburn on an 0-2 pitch?

      Have I mentioned my position on giving up solid contact on 0-2 pitches?
    1. snepp's Avatar
      snepp -
      Quote Originally Posted by USAFChief View Post
      Was that a double given up by Blackburn on an 0-2 pitch?

      Have I mentioned my position on giving up solid contact on 0-2 pitches?
      It was more of a single, but your primary point remains.
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      Quote Originally Posted by USAFChief View Post
      Was that a double given up by Blackburn on an 0-2 pitch?

      Have I mentioned my position on giving up solid contact on 0-2 pitches?
      Time to cut a switch?
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      Quote Originally Posted by snepp View Post
      It was more of a single, but your primary point remains.
      I'm "watching" on gamecast.

      Interesting side note: According to gamecast, there have been a total of 3 pitches outside the strike zone through one inning.

      Lots of pitches called a ball, but only 3 outside the strike zone.

      I'm guessing gamecast's pitch location depiction isn't entirely, uh, accurate.
    1. IdahoPilgrim's Avatar
      IdahoPilgrim -
      Quote Originally Posted by USAFChief View Post
      Was that a double given up by Blackburn on an 0-2 pitch?

      Have I mentioned my position on giving up solid contact on 0-2 pitches?
      Given that this is Blackburn pitching, I'm just glad it stayed in the ballpark.
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      Nice homer by Mastro. It would be great to build a lead here.
    1. jctwins's Avatar
      jctwins -
      Macaroni!
    1. snepp's Avatar
      snepp -
      Quote Originally Posted by USAFChief View Post
      I'm "watching" on gamecast.
      It was a ball that Revere dove for and had it hit the heel of his glove. If Span had been out there he doesn't even have a chance to make a play on the ball and it ends up a generic single.
    1. IdahoPilgrim's Avatar
      IdahoPilgrim -
      To give him credit, Blackburn is starting off nicely. He's throwing strikes, he's keeping the ball down in the zone, and while he's given up 3 hits, they haven't been hit that hard (a shallow fly into center, a broken-bat bloop, and a shallow single).
    1. snepp's Avatar
      snepp -
      Moooooooooooooooose.
    1. IdahoPilgrim's Avatar
      IdahoPilgrim -
      You don't see that much - an outfielder trying to throw a runner out at first.

      I remember, at the end of Harmon's career, that sometimes worked - he singled to right field but couldn't get down the baseline in time to beat the throw.
    1. jctwins's Avatar
      jctwins -
      Quote Originally Posted by sbknudson View Post
      You don't see that much - an outfielder trying to throw a runner out at first.

      I remember, at the end of Harmon's career, that sometimes worked - he singled to right field but couldn't get down the baseline in time to beat the throw.
      How dare you speak of Harmon that way. Blasphemy.
    1. IdahoPilgrim's Avatar
      IdahoPilgrim -
      Quote Originally Posted by jctwins View Post
      How dare you speak of Harmon that way. Blasphemy.
      Hey, I loved watching him hit the bombs, but let's be honest - at the end he did get a bit big. I remember one time he came to the plate and the organist played "Roll out the barrel."
    1. jctwins's Avatar
      jctwins -
      Blacky can't be tired enough to have his sinker working tonight.
    1. snepp's Avatar
      snepp -
      Is everyone afraid to jinx Blacksie tonight?
    1. GCTF's Avatar
      GCTF -
      Quote Originally Posted by snepp View Post
      Is everyone afraid to jinx Blacksie tonight?
      Got that nasty ERA down to 7.50!
    1. IdahoPilgrim's Avatar
      IdahoPilgrim -
      Quote Originally Posted by snepp View Post
      Is everyone afraid to jinx Blacksie tonight?
      This is the critical inning - pitch count rising, heart of the order.
    1. IdahoPilgrim's Avatar
      IdahoPilgrim -
      Who woulda thought that Blackburn would pitch 6 shutout innings and not even have one 3-ball count!
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