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  • Twins vs Indians, 08-07-2012, 6:05pm

    The Twins kept rolling last night, defeating the Indians 14-3 and sending Cleveland to its tenth consecutive loss. Now just two games behind the Tribe for third place, the Twins send Deduno to the mound, hoping to reign in his control just long enough to deliver Minnesota another win.

    Built on the back of a ten run second inning, the Twins chased Cleveland starter McAllister out of the game after he retired only five Twins batters. This bodes well for Minnesota, who now play Cleveland two more times while the Indians deal with a depleted pen during their long losing streak. Tonight, the Indians hope for a solid start from Corey Kluber, who has only made one start for the team, going a rather disastrous 4.1 innings and giving up six earned runs in the process.

    By the way, Justin Morneau is on fire, posting a 1.009 OPS since the All-Star break and jacking his 200th career home run last night. Will he keep it up? Is the old Justin back? Tell us your opinion in the TD discussion below!

    Sam Deduno

    W L ERA G GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR HB BB IBB SO AVG WHIP GO/AO
    SEASON 3 0 2.48 5 5 0 0 29.0 22 9 8 3 0 20 0 19 .218 1.45 1.70
    MLB Totals 3 0 2.60 11 5 0 0 34.2 30 11 10 4 0 24 1 26 .238 1.56 1.77

    Corey Kluber

    W L ERA G GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR HB BB IBB SO AVG WHIP GO/AO
    SEASON 0 0 12.46 1 1 0 0 4.1 9 6 6 2 0 1 0 4 .429 2.31 3.00
    MLB Totals 0 0 10.38 4 1 0 0 8.2 15 10 10 2 2 4 0 9 .366 2.19 1.83

    Twins Offense
    RK Player Team Pos G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG OPS
    1 Revere, B MIN RF 74 308 42 102 12 3 0 23 14 27 27 5 .331 .361 .390 .750
    2 Mauer, J MIN C 100 371 62 119 23 1 7 56 60 58 5 3 .321 .415 .445 .859
    3 Doumit, R MIN C 90 317 36 92 22 1 12 55 23 65 0 0 .290 .340 .479 .819
    4 Span, D MIN CF 100 405 56 116 28 2 3 34 40 51 12 6 .286 .350 .388 .737
    5 Morneau, J MIN 1B 86 335 44 92 22 1 15 54 28 61 1 0 .275 .335 .481 .816
    6 Mastroianni, D MIN LF 46 96 13 26 3 2 2 10 11 20 12 2 .271 .346 .406 .752
    7 Willingham, J MIN LF 105 376 66 99 22 1 29 83 60 100 2 1 .263 .379 .559 .937
    8 Plouffe, T MIN RF 74 259 44 67 12 0 19 38 26 57 0 3 .259 .330 .525 .855
    9 Carroll, J MIN SS 99 339 41 83 14 1 0 32 42 49 6 3 .245 .332 .292 .624
    10 Dozier, B MIN SS 79 299 30 70 10 1 5 30 14 56 9 2 .234 .269 .324 .593
    11 Casilla, A MIN 2B 76 221 23 49 12 2 0 20 12 41 14 1 .222 .263 .294 .557
    12 Komatsu, E MIN RF 15 32 2 7 0 0 0 1 4 3 0 0 .219 .297 .219 .516
    13 Butera, D MIN C 30 79 5 17 5 0 1 4 5 18 0 0 .215 .271 .316 .587
    14 Parmelee, C MIN 1B 40 108 10 22 5 1 2 6 9 28 0 0 .204 .283 .324 .607

    Indians Offense
    RK Player Team Pos G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG OPS
    1 Rogers, E CLE P 3 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.000 2.000
    2 Lowe, D CLE P 2 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500 .500 .500 1.000
    3 Carrera, E CLE CF 4 16 3 7 0 2 1 1 0 4 1 1 .438 .438 .875 1.313
    4 Tomlin, J CLE P 2 5 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 .400 .400 .400 .800
    5 Brantley, M CLE CF 106 406 44 119 33 4 4 48 33 41 11 6 .293 .345 .424 .768
    6 Choo, S CLE RF 103 403 68 116 33 2 13 41 46 100 12 6 .288 .372 .476 .848
    7 Cabrera, A CLE SS 99 399 53 111 24 1 12 45 35 70 4 3 .278 .342 .434 .775
    8 Chisenhall, L CLE 3B 24 72 10 20 2 1 3 9 1 8 2 1 .278 .297 .458 .756
    9 Diaz, J CLE SS 5 15 4 4 0 0 0 0 1 5 0 0 .267 .353 .267 .620
    10 Kipnis, J CLE 2B 106 413 58 108 14 3 11 57 43 71 21 4 .262 .333 .390 .722
    11 Gomez, J CLE P 2 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .250 .250 .250 .500
    11 Marson, L CLE C 44 124 19 31 7 2 0 9 18 30 3 0 .250 .347 .339 .686
    13 Lopez, J CLE 2B 66 213 16 53 13 0 4 28 8 35 0 1 .249 .272 .366 .639
    14 Hafner, T CLE DH 60 201 21 48 6 2 11 32 31 44 0 0 .239 .355 .453 .808
    15 Santana, C CLE C 93 321 45 76 19 0 12 49 65 74 2 3 .237 .364 .408 .772
    16 Hannahan, J CLE 3B 68 202 15 47 11 0 4 23 20 46 0 2 .233 .300 .347 .647
    17 Kotchman, C CLE 1B 95 318 37 71 10 0 10 39 22 38 3 0 .223 .287 .349 .636
    18 Damon, J CLE LF 64 207 25 46 6 2 4 19 17 27 4 0 .222 .281 .329 .610
    18 Duncan, S CLE LF 68 189 27 42 9 0 9 25 26 45 1 2 .222 .315 .413 .728
    Comments 81 Comments
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Twins:
      Span CF

      Revere RF
      Mauer C
      Willingham DH
      Morneau 1B
      Doumit LF
      Nishioka 2B
      Dozier SS
      Carroll 3B
      (Deduno P)

      Indians:
      Kipnis 2B
      Cabrera SS
      Choo RF
      Santana C
      Brantley CF
      Kotchman 1B
      Duncan DH
      Hannahan 3B
      Carrera LF
      (Kluber P)
    1. crarko's Avatar
      crarko -
      Sam needs (and deserves) solid infield defense tonight. Fingers crossed.
    1. mnfireman's Avatar
      mnfireman -
      Nice! Nishioka goes 0-5 with two errors (one on a routine grounder a 9 yr old handles) and he starts again. Granted Casilla isn't exactly ripping the cover off of the ball, but.... what crarko said!
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Quote Originally Posted by mnfireman View Post
      Nice! Nishioka goes 0-5 with two errors (one on a routine grounder a 9 yr old handles) and he starts again. Granted Casilla isn't exactly ripping the cover off of the ball, but.... what crarko said!
      You don't bench a guy for one bad day, especially his first day with the team.

      In fact, it's the opposite of what you do. You throw that guy out there again and show him that you have confidence in his ability to play baseball.

      Not that any of us have any confidence in Nishioka's ability to play baseball but Gardy's doing the right thing.
    1. TKGuy's Avatar
      TKGuy -
      Quote Originally Posted by rocketpig View Post
      You don't bench a guy for one bad day, especially his first day with the team.

      In fact, it's the opposite of what you do. You throw that guy out there again and show him that you have confidence in his ability to play baseball.

      Not that any of us have any confidence in Nishioka's ability to play baseball but Gardy's doing the right thing.


      Agreed, just like a closer with a blown save.
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Quote Originally Posted by rocketpig View Post
      You don't bench a guy for one bad day, especially his first day with the team.

      In fact, it's the opposite of what you do. You throw that guy out there again and show him that you have confidence in his ability to play baseball.

      Not that any of us have any confidence in Nishioka's ability to play baseball but Gardy's doing the right thing.
      You would have to admit, not all the confidence-boosting methods in the world will have the remotest chance of changing what IS is.

      It's a general theory both this year and last, and exposited today on the radio, that Gardy's hands are tied on this one and is following the directive from the front office. Sadly, despite the club remaining in denial, the odds are staggering that this can only end one way- with egg on everyone's face.
    1. Head First's Avatar
      Head First -
      Is the old Justin back? Yeah, if not all the way back, very close to it. He just looks so much more confident.
      Thanks for posting the start of this thread. I appreciate all the info and the lineups.
    1. one_eyed_jack's Avatar
      one_eyed_jack -
      Nishi needs to figure out how to relax. The man looks like he mentally ties himself in knots out there, which leads to him physically tie himself in knots like he did on that first play last night.

      It's like watching a well-meaning but hopelessly nervous guy on a first date who keeps spilling drinks and saying stupid things. Sure, he'll never be the Dos Equis guy, but if he could just find a way to relax, he'd at least avoid humiliating himself. And a non-humiliating effort would be a step in the right direction for Nishi.

      Have we tried having him do a few shots before first pitch? Maybe he'd calm down and play better if he were a little liquored up.
    1. Ultima Ratio's Avatar
      Ultima Ratio -
      Deduno hasn't given up more than 3 ER in a start this year in the majors. That's good, though he's only qualified for a quality start 2 or 3 times I believe. Keep it rolling tonight boys! (though I'm betting at least one more error from Nishi)
    1. kydoty's Avatar
      kydoty -
      "Twins have gotten a lot of home runs via the home run." - Bert
    1. crarko's Avatar
      crarko -
      Quote Originally Posted by kydoty View Post
      "Twins have gotten a lot of home runs via the home run." - Bert
      My Minnesota math says all of them.
    1. crarko's Avatar
      crarko -
      I think this discussion they had about Morneau in the first inning states why I'd rather not trade him. This team has precious few on field leaders, but he can be the best of them. You think of Puck's "climb on my back" statement, and who else is here to do that now? Maybe the Hammer.
    1. SpiritofVodkaDave's Avatar
      SpiritofVodkaDave -
      Nishioka ****ting himself in the field again.

      Drink 3.
    1. crarko's Avatar
      crarko -
      Quote Originally Posted by SpiritofVodkaDave View Post
      Nishioka ****ting himself in the field again.

      Drink 3.
      Hey, at least he caught the ball.
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      Quote Originally Posted by crarko View Post
      Hey, at least he caught the ball.
      And made the throw to 2nd.

      Baby steps.
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      I'm not sure how, but the HR was undoubtedly Nishioka's fault.
    1. SpiritofVodkaDave's Avatar
      SpiritofVodkaDave -
      Well that wasn't predictable in the least. It was a good run Sammy.
    1. snepp's Avatar
      snepp -
      Quote Originally Posted by USAFChief View Post
      I'm not sure how, but the HR was undoubtedly Nishioka's fault.
      The bench must be further away from the mound in Cleveland, Drew's whispers aren't reaching him.
    1. SpiritofVodkaDave's Avatar
      SpiritofVodkaDave -
      Are we allowed to be negative about DeDuno yet?
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      After weeks of watching it download at 5kps speeds, I finally finished downloading the entire run of Cop Rock.

      Screw you, baseball.
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