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  • Twins vs White Sox, 07-25-2012, 1:10pm

    The Twins bullpen was shelled for nine runs last night as the White Sox drubbed Minnesota 11-4. Wasting a quality start from Cole De Vries (6 IP, 2 runs, 1 earned), the Twins pen disintegrated, allowing nine runs in three innings pitched with five walks. Not the type of performance you want to make against a division rival.

    In the getaway game, we'll see a rejuvenated Nick Blackburn take on a rejuvenated Jake Peavy. Pitching well in his last start, Blackburn looks to cement his spot in the rotation for the rest of the summer. We'll see how well that works, given US Cellular's bandbox nature and Nick's proclivity to give up the long ball when his sinker isn't working.

    What do you expect from Blackburn today? What member of the Twins lineup will step up and drive in some runs after Willingham's one-man show last night? 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 7.46 14 14 0 0 70.0 97 58 58 15 0 22 0 32 .327 1.70 1.22
    MLB Totals 43 51 4.76 140 132 5 0 790.0 957 467 418 109 18 198 11 378 .300 1.46 1.33

    Jake Peavy

    W L ERA G GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR HB BB IBB SO AVG WHIP GO/AO
    SEASON 7 7 3.22 19 19 4 1 134.0 113 50 48 14 6 27 0 120 .228 1.04 0.65
    MLB Totals 116 88 3.45 270 269 13 6 1715.1 1497 691 658 173 59 526 37 1674 .234 1.18 0.95

    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 89 329 52 109 21 1 6 45 52 50 4 1 .331 .422 .456 .878
    2 Revere, B MIN RF 62 257 31 80 8 3 0 15 14 21 21 5 .311 .349 .366 .715
    3 Doumit, R MIN C 79 275 32 79 19 1 10 46 21 58 0 0 .287 .340 .473 .813
    4 Span, D MIN CF 89 358 44 101 24 2 3 30 35 47 9 6 .282 .345 .385 .731
    5 Willingham, J MIN LF 93 336 57 92 22 1 25 72 51 87 2 1 .274 .385 .568 .953
    6 Mastroianni, D MIN LF 38 80 11 21 1 2 2 9 9 16 9 2 .263 .337 .400 .737
    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 74 289 34 73 18 1 11 40 25 59 1 0 .253 .314 .436 .750
    9 Carroll, J MIN SS 90 309 38 74 12 1 0 29 37 47 6 3 .239 .324 .285 .609
    10 Dozier, B MIN SS 67 255 25 60 9 1 4 28 10 46 6 2 .235 .265 .325 .590
    11 Butera, D MIN C 28 74 5 17 5 0 1 4 5 18 0 0 .230 .288 .338 .625
    12 Casilla, A MIN 2B 67 200 16 45 10 1 0 16 9 37 11 1 .225 .259 .285 .544
    13 Komatsu, E MIN RF 15 32 2 7 0 0 0 1 4 3 0 0 .219 .297 .219 .516
    14 Parmelee, C MIN 1B 40 108 10 22 5 1 2 6 9 28 0 0 .204 .283 .324 .607
    15 Hughes, L MIN 2B 4 10 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 4 1 0 .200 .182 .200 .382
    16 Valencia, D MIN 3B 27 100 9 19 5 1 1 11 2 23 0 1 .190 .204 .290 .494

    White Sox Offense
    RK Player Team Pos G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG OPS
    1 Konerko, P CWS 1B 89 330 45 111 17 0 16 48 37 50 0 0 .336 .410 .533 .943
    2 Rios, A CWS CF 95 363 57 114 23 5 15 58 17 49 14 5 .314 .349 .529 .878
    3 Danks, J CWS CF 18 27 3 8 1 0 0 2 0 8 1 1 .296 .286 .333 .619
    4 Pierzynski, A CWS C 83 293 40 84 11 3 16 50 19 44 0 0 .287 .339 .509 .847
    5 De Aza, A CWS CF 95 380 64 106 20 5 6 37 34 78 17 8 .279 .347 .405 .752
    6 Youkilis, K CWS 3B 24 92 18 25 4 0 5 19 14 21 0 0 .272 .370 .478 .849
    7 Ramirez, A CWS SS 95 366 36 97 14 3 3 46 10 52 13 3 .265 .286 .344 .630
    8 Viciedo, D CWS RF 89 309 37 79 9 1 15 46 15 72 0 0 .256 .294 .437 .730
    9 Beckham, G CWS 2B 93 340 42 78 16 0 9 38 23 59 3 2 .229 .285 .356 .640
    10 Dunn, A CWS 1B 96 338 59 71 12 0 30 71 75 146 1 1 .210 .353 .512 .865
    11 Escobar, E CWS SS 34 80 14 16 2 1 0 2 9 22 2 0 .200 .281 .250 .531
    11 Humber, P CWS P 2 5 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 .200 .200 .200 .400
    13 Hudson, O CWS 3B 33 101 7 18 3 2 1 11 9 16 1 1 .178 .245 .277 .523
    14 Flowers, T CWS C 29 73 9 13 3 0 2 2 6 31 2 0 .178 .259 .301 .561
    15 Morel, B CWS 3B 35 113 14 20 2 0 0 5 7 39 4 1 .177 .225 .195 .420
    16 Lillibridge, B CWS RF 49 63 10 11 1 0 0 2 4 26 7 2 .175 .232 .190 .422
    17 Fukudome, K CWS RF 24 41 2 7 1 0 0 4 8 9 0 1 .171 .294 .195 .489
    Comments 164 Comments
    1. Hijinks's Avatar
      Hijinks -
      Quote Originally Posted by twinsnorth49 View Post
      But how can anyone be a Blackburn fan?
      If they are fans of the opposing team?
    1. Ultima Ratio's Avatar
      Ultima Ratio -
      Quote Originally Posted by DPJ View Post
      I am so happy to see this continue to happen to Blackburn cause I wish nothing but bad things apon him.
      Whether you like it or not, he's going to be a starter again for us next year. You know that, right?
    1. DPJ's Avatar
      DPJ -
      Quote Originally Posted by CDog View Post
      The mark of any good fan.
      Cause any real fan of the Twins should hate Nick Blackburn, he's everything that's wrong with this teams pitching philosophy.

      I'd rather cheer for wife beating Brett Meyers then Nick Blackburn.
    1. CDog's Avatar
      CDog -
      Between last night and today, I'm wondering if there's some sort of force in left field. Maybe some weird magnetism wreaking havoc with anyone out there's muscles and brains and blood flow.
    1. AJ's Avatar
      AJ -
      this team is pathetic
    1. DPJ's Avatar
      DPJ -
      Quote Originally Posted by Ultima Ratio View Post
      Whether you like it or not, he's going to be a starter again for us next year. You know that, right?
      I hope he is, I want this team to bottom-out Houston style.
    1. CDog's Avatar
      CDog -
      Quote Originally Posted by DPJ View Post
      Cause any real fan of the Twins should hate Nick Blackburn, he's everything that's wrong with this teams pitching philosophy.

      I'd rather cheer for wife beating Brett Meyers then Nick Blackburn.
      You stay smart AND classy and all will be well.
    1. Boom Boom's Avatar
      Boom Boom -
      Maybe we should all try to say something positive about Nick.

      He's 1/5th of our 2013 rotation, so that's one less item on the shopping list. And I don't hope that a speeding bus runs him over.
    1. Ultima Ratio's Avatar
      Ultima Ratio -
      Quote Originally Posted by DPJ View Post
      I hope he is, I want this team to bottom-out Houston style.
      To what end?
    1. DPJ's Avatar
      DPJ -
      Quote Originally Posted by Ultima Ratio View Post
      To what end?
      Worst team in baseball for atleast 3-4 years.

      Bottom it out, start over and pray the Twins are smart enough to hit on some picks and trades.
    1. GCTF's Avatar
      GCTF -
      Quote Originally Posted by Boom Boom View Post
      Maybe we should all try to say something positive about Nick.
      I like the clean shaven look. At least he no longer looks like he just got home from a week long bender.
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Damn, this team can really look pathetic some days.
    1. Hijinks's Avatar
      Hijinks -
      A double and this could be tied up, and cue two K's in a row.
    1. IdahoPilgrim's Avatar
      IdahoPilgrim -
      Quote Originally Posted by rocketpig View Post
      Damn, this team can really look pathetic some days.
      At least we're getting the game out of the way early today - leaves plenty of time to drown our sorrows in whisky later.
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      I would have laid 10 to 1 on Casilla K'ing.
    1. Ultima Ratio's Avatar
      Ultima Ratio -
      Quote Originally Posted by DPJ View Post
      Worst team in baseball for atleast 3-4 years.

      Bottom it out, start over and pray the Twins are smart enough to hit on some picks and trades.
      I've heard a little, though not much, of this thinking and completely disagree. Yes, losing and better draft picks are proportional, but winning and losing is infective. It's not like you can try to lose a couple years and then turn it off in the following years and try to win again. Look at the Royals and Pirates, it takes decades to even get a winning record, even all the while stock piling high draft picks... it's an all-too-easy and none-too-clever approach.
    1. twinsnorth49's Avatar
      twinsnorth49 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Hijinks View Post
      A double and this could be tied up, and cue two K's in a row.
      make that three, nice.
    1. CDog's Avatar
      CDog -
      Quote Originally Posted by rocketpig View Post
      Damn, this team can really look pathetic some days.
      The second half of last season and the first few weeks of this year were like that. It seemed like every single inning on both offense and defense were an adventure and a struggle. That almost every play seemed like it was nearly impossible to execute cleanly. And it had more or less gotten better for a couple months+ and has come back with a vengeance recently. Ugh.
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Quote Originally Posted by twinsnorth49 View Post
      make that three, nice.
      At least Casilla made Peavy work for it.
    1. IdahoPilgrim's Avatar
      IdahoPilgrim -
      Well, at least it wasn't an 0-2 pitch.
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