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  • Twins vs Royals, 07-21-2012, 6:10pm


    It required 11 innings and a great outing by Nick Blackburn but the Twins managed to pull off a 2-1 last night against the Kansas City Royals. Led by three hits from Joe Mauer (now firmly in second place in the AL batting race), the Twins look to get back on track against the Royals after (unnecessarily) dropping their last two games against Baltimore at home.

    Tonight, the Twins' best pitcher, Scott Diamond, takes the mound in hopes of starting a winning streak. Countering him is Luis Mendoza, who last faced the Twins in early June, going only five innings and giving up two earned runs.

    One thing to note is that Trevor Plouffe is listed day-to-day after injuring his thumb in last night's game. If he's out tonight, what do you expect from Carroll at third and how much does that hurt the Twins' offense? And if he's out for a prolonged period of time, will the Twins recall Danny Valencia from Rochester? Join the Twins Daily discussion below!

    Scott Diamond

    W L ERA G GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR HB BB IBB SO AVG WHIP GO/AO
    SEASON 8 3 2.96 13 13 0 0 85.0 90 34 28 9 4 13 1 48 .272 1.21 2.08
    MLB Totals 9 8 3.63 20 20 0 0 124.0 141 59 50 12 4 30 4 67 .287 1.38 1.65

    Luis Mendoza

    W L ERA G GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR HB BB IBB SO AVG WHIP GO/AO
    SEASON 3 6 4.32 16 11 0 0 81.1 86 43 39 5 4 35 2 50 .278 1.49 1.44
    MLB Totals 9 15 5.99 54 27 0 0 180.1 219 138 120 18 15 73 6 100 .301 1.62 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 85 317 50 106 21 1 6 44 48 50 4 1 .334 .421 .464 .885
    2 Revere, B MIN RF 59 248 28 77 8 2 0 15 10 20 21 5 .310 .340 .359 .699
    3 Doumit, R MIN C 75 260 28 74 19 1 7 41 21 56 0 0 .285 .338 .446 .784
    4 Span, D MIN CF 85 340 42 95 22 2 3 29 35 43 9 6 .279 .346 .382 .728
    5 Willingham, J MIN LF 89 320 54 89 22 1 23 68 50 84 2 1 .278 .392 .569 .960
    6 Mastroianni, D MIN LF 36 76 11 21 1 2 2 9 9 15 9 2 .276 .353 .421 .774
    7 Plouffe, T MIN RF 74 259 44 67 12 0 19 38 26 57 0 3 .259 .330 .525 .855
    8 Morneau, J MIN 1B 73 285 34 71 17 1 11 40 25 59 1 0 .249 .312 .432 .744
    9 Dozier, B MIN SS 63 239 24 57 8 1 4 26 10 43 6 2 .238 .270 .331 .600
    10 Carroll, J MIN SS 86 297 36 70 11 1 0 28 34 45 6 3 .236 .317 .279 .597
    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 63 185 16 42 10 1 0 16 9 35 10 1 .227 .260 .292 .552
    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 20 73 12 27 5 0 5 9 2 4 0 0 .370 .387 .644 1.031
    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 90 336 37 105 23 3 4 28 15 61 14 2 .313 .353 .435 .787
    6 Getz, C KC 2B 42 118 13 35 7 2 0 12 7 9 6 2 .297 .333 .390 .723
    7 Butler, B KC 1B 91 342 35 100 13 0 18 56 32 58 2 1 .292 .362 .488 .851
    8 Gordon, A KC LF 92 368 52 106 31 3 5 33 49 73 3 3 .288 .374 .429 .803
    9 Cain, L KC CF 13 42 7 12 2 0 2 7 2 7 0 0 .286 .304 .476 .781
    10 Moustakas, M KC 3B 87 334 45 89 22 0 16 49 23 69 3 2 .266 .320 .476 .796
    11 Pena, B KC C 45 140 11 37 9 0 1 17 5 14 0 1 .264 .286 .350 .636
    12 Francoeur, J KC RF 89 352 34 88 15 3 8 27 16 64 1 4 .250 .290 .378 .667
    13 Dyson, J KC CF 69 217 35 54 6 4 0 7 20 39 17 3 .249 .311 .313 .625
    14 Betancourt, Y KC 2B 48 183 20 43 12 1 6 32 9 21 0 1 .235 .267 .410 .677
    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 89 337 39 76 16 1 9 40 31 52 9 1 .226 .294 .359 .653
    17 Giavotella, J KC 2B 21 69 8 15 3 0 0 6 4 12 0 0 .217 .260 .261 .521
    Comments 20 Comments
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Twins:
      Span CF
      Revere RF
      Mauer C
      Willingham DH
      Doumit LF
      Plouffe 1B
      Dozier SS
      Casilla 2B
      Carroll 3B
      (Diamond P)

      Royals:
      Gordon LF
      Escobar SS
      Butler DH
      Cain CF
      Perez C
      Moustakas 3B
      Francoeur RF
      Hosmer 1B
      Betancourt 2B
      (Mendoza P)
    1. Top Gun's Avatar
      Top Gun -
      Twins placed 1B Justin Morneau on the paternity leave list.

      Morneau will be away from the team for the next 24 for 72 hours, as expected. Chris Parmelee is being promoted from Triple-A Rochester in a corresponding move.
    1. Top Gun's Avatar
      Top Gun -
      Yahoo has Parmelee at 1b?
    1. TwinsGuy55422's Avatar
      TwinsGuy55422 -
      Hoping for a good outing from diamond and some good execution by the offense. I was at the game last night. It was my first time at Kauffman Stadium and it was a great atmosphere.
    1. Chance's Avatar
      Chance -
      Figured Plouffe would be off with his thumb... I'd think it's parm at 1st
    1. Jocko87's Avatar
      Jocko87 -
      Quote Originally Posted by TwinsGuy55422 View Post
      Hoping for a good outing from diamond and some good execution by the offense. I was at the game last night. It was my first time at Kauffman Stadium and it was a great atmosphere.
      Kauffman is great, it's kinda rough in these temps though. I'm staying home this weekend, the A/C in the casino works great and the game will be on TV.
    1. Scheherezade's Avatar
      Scheherezade -
      These throwback jerseys don't help the "Ben Revere gets mistaken for the ball boy" problem.
    1. Ultima Ratio's Avatar
      Ultima Ratio -
      Gameday said that Mauer sac bunted Revere to second. Is this so? If so, wtf?
    1. mikeee's Avatar
      mikeee -
      Quote Originally Posted by Ultima Ratio View Post
      Gameday said that Mauer sac bunted Revere to second. Is this so? If so, wtf?
      Yeah, I heard it called on the radio.
    1. mikeee's Avatar
      mikeee -
      mijares is coming on to stop the Twins uprising,, 4-3. gettin some hits now.
    1. Scheherezade's Avatar
      Scheherezade -
      Quote Originally Posted by Ultima Ratio View Post
      Gameday said that Mauer sac bunted Revere to second. Is this so? If so, wtf?
      He was trying to bunt for a hit, but yet it was ridiculous.

      Having the second highest active career AVG hitter in baseball sacrifice himself for second base?
    1. Ultima Ratio's Avatar
      Ultima Ratio -
      Quote Originally Posted by Scheherezade View Post
      He was trying to bunt for a hit, but yet it was ridiculous.

      Having the second highest active career AVG hitter in baseball sacrifice himself for second base?
      I was hoping he was at least bunting for a hit. If the defense shifts on him, he should put down a bunt to keep them honest, but this normally doesn't happen with a runner on first, nor should Mauer bunt at all with a runner on. Maybe he was trying to stay out of the 4-6-3 he likes to hit into at times.
    1. JB_Iowa's Avatar
      JB_Iowa -
      Enough is enough. I hope to never again see the guy with Mauer 7 shaved into his back.

      Blech.
    1. Scheherezade's Avatar
      Scheherezade -
      Span out of the game. Besides injury, Dick speculated that he could be involved in a transaction.
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Quote Originally Posted by Scheherezade View Post
      Span out of the game. Besides injury, Dick speculated that he could be involved in a transaction.
      Was there any kind of play last inning where he could have injured himself?
    1. notoriousgod71's Avatar
      notoriousgod71 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Scheherezade View Post
      Span out of the game. Besides injury, Dick speculated that he could be involved in a transaction.
      Dick speculated this?
    1. Twinsoholic's Avatar
      Twinsoholic -
      I am not sure what happened to Span tonight, but he has been playing un-Span like of late, so I wonder if the trade deadline is not getting to him. His average has slipped, he has misplayed fly balls in the outfield, and his baserunning last night (picked off going to third) all could signal a player distracted by the possibility of being traded. What do folks think?
    1. Top Gun's Avatar
      Top Gun -
      Just like I said they got Duensing wrecked for the rest of the year.
    1. CDog's Avatar
      CDog -
      Quote Originally Posted by Ultima Ratio View Post
      I was hoping he was at least bunting for a hit. If the defense shifts on him, he should put down a bunt to keep them honest, but this normally doesn't happen with a runner on first, nor should Mauer bunt at all with a runner on. Maybe he was trying to stay out of the 4-6-3 he likes to hit into at times.
      Was absolutely bunting for a hit. He's been showing bunt a few times recently with 3B slightly shifted and playing way back. This was the first one I actually saw him put into play (although I haven't watched Friday's game). He got it a bit too far from the line and too close to the pitcher who made a good bare-handed pickup and got him on a fairly close play.
    1. Ultima Ratio's Avatar
      Ultima Ratio -
      Quote Originally Posted by CDog View Post
      Was absolutely bunting for a hit. He's been showing bunt a few times recently with 3B slightly shifted and playing way back. This was the first one I actually saw him put into play (although I haven't watched Friday's game). He got it a bit too far from the line and too close to the pitcher who made a good bare-handed pickup and got him on a fairly close play.
      Thanks for the update. Hunter was great at the surprise bunt, hopefully Mauer can too.
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