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  • Twins vs Indians, 08-08-2012, 11:05am

    Well, the Twins did it again. Trailing 5-1 to the Indians late in the game last night, they rallied in the final three frames, scoring six times on route to a 7-5 win. Almost everyone was involved in the rally and even the much-lamented Tsuyoshi Nishioka drove in the go ahead run with a sacrifice fly, sending Cleveland to their eleventh consecutive loss.

    The Twins have to turn around quickly and do it again this morning, starting the game at just 11 o'clock Central Time. Brian Duensing goes against Justin Masterson. Duensing got it done with smoke and mirrors in his last outing, going six innings while giving up only two runs on 10 hits. Masterson is coming off one of his worst starts of the season, pitching only four innings while giving up seven runs.

    Who will get it done this morning for the Twins? Can they keep the streak going and move into a tie for third place with the Indians? Will Nishi get his first hit of 2012 in today's game? Join the Twins Daily discussion below and let us know your opinion!

    Brian Duensing

    W L ERA G GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR HB BB IBB SO AVG WHIP GO/AO
    SEASON 2 6 4.39 39 6 0 0 65.2 73 36 32 7 2 16 2 36 .282 1.36 0.90
    MLB Totals 26 25 4.03 148 56 2 2 442.0 472 217 198 46 9 134 11 282 .275 1.37 1.18

    Justin Masterson

    W L ERA G GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR HB BB IBB SO AVG WHIP GO/AO
    SEASON 7 10 4.78 23 23 1 0 143.0 144 83 76 11 9 62 0 111 .264 1.44 1.94
    MLB Totals 35 48 4.08 169 110 4 1 756.2 748 383 343 58 47 300 14 596 .260 1.39 1.89

    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 75 313 43 103 12 3 0 24 15 27 27 5 .329 .360 .387 .747
    2 Mauer, J MIN C 101 374 63 119 23 1 7 56 62 59 5 3 .318 .415 .441 .856
    3 Doumit, R MIN C 91 322 37 95 24 1 12 55 23 65 0 0 .295 .344 .488 .831
    4 Span, D MIN CF 101 409 56 117 29 2 3 34 42 52 12 6 .286 .352 .389 .741
    5 Morneau, J MIN 1B 87 340 45 93 22 1 15 55 28 62 1 0 .274 .333 .476 .810
    6 Mastroianni, D MIN LF 47 96 14 26 3 2 2 10 11 20 13 2 .271 .346 .406 .752
    7 Willingham, J MIN LF 106 380 66 100 22 1 29 83 60 101 2 1 .263 .379 .555 .934
    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 100 344 42 85 14 1 0 32 42 49 6 3 .247 .332 .294 .626
    10 Dozier, B MIN SS 80 304 31 72 11 1 5 31 14 56 9 2 .237 .271 .329 .600
    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
    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 34 126 13 25 6 1 2 17 3 32 0 1 .198 .212 .310 .522
    17 Diamond, S MIN P 3 7 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 .143 .143 .143 .286
    17 Thomas, C MIN RF 12 28 2 4 1 0 1 4 0 16 0 0 .143 .172 .286 .458
    19 Burroughs, S MIN 3B 10 17 0 2 1 0 0 1 1 3 0 0 .118 .167 .176 .343
    20 Blackburn, N MIN P 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
    20 Duensing, B MIN P 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
    20 Hendriks, L MIN P 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
    20 Liriano, F MIN P 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
    20 Nishioka, T MIN 2B 2 8 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 .000 .100 .000 .100

    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 5 20 3 8 0 2 1 1 0 6 1 1 .400 .400 .750 1.150
    3 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 107 410 45 121 33 4 4 48 34 42 12 6 .295 .348 .424 .772
    6 Choo, S CLE RF 104 408 68 116 33 2 13 42 46 102 12 6 .284 .368 .471 .839
    7 Cabrera, A CLE SS 100 402 53 113 24 1 12 46 37 70 5 3 .281 .347 .435 .782
    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 107 414 60 108 14 3 11 57 45 72 21 4 .261 .336 .389 .725
    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 94 325 45 77 20 0 12 50 66 74 2 3 .237 .364 .409 .774
    16 Hannahan, J CLE 3B 69 205 16 48 11 0 4 23 21 47 0 2 .234 .304 .346 .650
    17 Duncan, S CLE LF 69 192 28 43 9 0 10 27 27 46 1 2 .224 .318 .427 .745
    18 Kotchman, C CLE 1B 96 323 37 72 11 0 10 39 22 38 3 0 .223 .286 .350 .636
    19 Damon, J CLE LF 64 207 25 46 6 2 4 19 17 27 4 0 .222 .281 .329 .610
    19 Lillibridge, B CLE CF 8 18 3 4 0 0 0 0 0 7 1 0 .222 .222 .222 .444
    21 Carlin, L CLE C 4 14 2 3 1 0 0 1 0 3 1 0 .214 .214 .286 .500
    22 Donald, J CLE 3B 18 48 5 9 1 0 0 4 3 17 3 0 .188 .226 .208 .435
    23 LaPorta, M CLE 1B 3 11 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 .182 .182 .182 .364
    24 Cunningham, A CLE RF 72 97 5 17 4 0 1 7 9 25 0 3 .175 .245 .247 .493
    Comments 90 Comments
    1. GCTF's Avatar
      GCTF -
      Nishi Scoreboard

      Errors 3
      Hits 0

      Is there some kind of kamikaze mission he could be assigned to?
    1. notoriousgod71's Avatar
      notoriousgod71 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Ultima Ratio View Post
      Is Nishi super nervous or horrible or both? Never in my life have I seen a major leaguer play defense like a tee-baller.

      What's the board policy on racist jokes as long as I'm not flying off the deep end?

      I'll refrain from saying anything if it's frowned upon.
    1. Ultima Ratio's Avatar
      Ultima Ratio -
      Quote Originally Posted by USAFChief View Post
      Hey...all this complaining about Nishioka. The twins are undefeated with Nishioka in the lineup and averaging over 10 runs per game on offense!
      Nishioka the Twins' talisman?
    1. DPJ's Avatar
      DPJ -
      Quote Originally Posted by Brock Beauchamp View Post
      Cuellar better be working some serious black voodoo magic with Hendriks down in Rochester for him not to be on the Twins roster at this point.
      oH YEAH Liam...the teams top pitching prospect who's done nothing but pitch well at AAA. Should the Twins start him...no lets keep rolling out the rotting flesh of Duensing and ****ing Blackburn.
    1. RickSchuette's Avatar
      RickSchuette -
      I suspect we are seeing the difference between a ball being hit to a second basemen at 90 mph in Japan, and 125 mph in America. The speed and power of the MLB game is clearly a flight or two over his head, something neither he nor the Twins thought would be the case. Unfortunately, he's been blessed with outfield speed, but cursed with a second baseman's arm. The Twins front office knows he isn't working out. I suspect they're letting him prove it to himself that he doesn't belong at this level. He isn't the first player to bust at the MLB level. Every team tries some things that don't work out.
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Quote Originally Posted by DPJ View Post
      oH YEAH Liam...the teams top pitching prospect who's done nothing but pitch well at AAA. Should the Twins start him...no lets keep rolling out the rotting flesh of Duensing and ****ing Blackburn.
      It seems to me as if they're working on something specific with Hendriks. He was sent down at an odd time and the organization has been mum about him since. It'd be nice if someone gave the fanbase an update on him.
    1. Ultima Ratio's Avatar
      Ultima Ratio -
      Quote Originally Posted by notoriousgod71 View Post
      What's the board policy on racist jokes as long as I'm not flying off the deep end?

      I'll refrain from saying anything if it's frowned upon.
      I believe political correctness is a variety of censorship and different from racist jokes(which I think you ought not commit), but use you own best judgment I suppose.
    1. DPJ's Avatar
      DPJ -
      Quote Originally Posted by Brock Beauchamp View Post
      It seems to me as if they're working on something specific with Hendriks. He was sent down at an odd time and the organization has been mum about him since. It'd be nice if someone gave the fanbase an update on him.
      I would also like the Twins to come out and say something but JR would give you his first born before that happens.

      Is it odd that the Twins think a prospect is better off working with the AAA pitching coach over Rick Anderson the god of teaching sink?
    1. Ultima Ratio's Avatar
      Ultima Ratio -
      Got to make them pay here Doumit!
    1. RickSchuette's Avatar
      RickSchuette -
      I suspect this may be Duensing's last start. Usually, the way these things go, the pitcher has a couple of poor outings in a row, then complains that he's been feeling 'tightness' in his shoulder. Next bullpen session between starts, the pitcher will admit feeling a 'twinge' and he'll be dumped on the DL. It's a pattern with Gardy and Anderson that goes back a few years.
    1. GCTF's Avatar
      GCTF -
      Quote Originally Posted by notoriousgod71 View Post
      What's the board policy on racist jokes as long as I'm not flying off the deep end?

      I'll refrain from saying anything if it's frowned upon.
      We're comfortable with them. Let 'er rip.
    1. DPJ's Avatar
      DPJ -
      Quote Originally Posted by RickSchuette View Post
      I suspect this may be Duensing's last start. Usually, the way these things go, the pitcher has a couple of poor outings in a row, then complains that he's been feeling 'tightness' in his shoulder. Next bullpen session between starts, the pitcher will admit feeling a 'twinge' and he'll be dumped on the DL. It's a pattern with Gardy and Anderson that goes back a few years.
      You forgot the player sitting on the active roster for 7-10 days, then atempting to pitch and getting rocked and then going on the DL.
    1. diehardtwinsfan's Avatar
      diehardtwinsfan -
      Quote Originally Posted by DPJ View Post
      You forgot the player sitting on the active roster for 7-10 days, then atempting to pitch and getting rocked and then going on the DL.
      And you forgot that they DL stint will be rest and rehab for a couple of months (and in this case through the offseason) followed by Tommy John and/or Labrum surgery.


    1. Top Gun's Avatar
      Top Gun -
      Alexi!!
    1. DPJ's Avatar
      DPJ -
      Quote Originally Posted by diehardtwinsfan View Post
      And you forgot that they DL stint will be rest and rehab for a couple of months (and in this case through the offseason) followed by Tommy John and/or Labrum surgery.
      Then when they come back from surgery they'll have their toughness questioned by the teams front office and coaching staff (questioning will depend on the players service time)
    1. Ultima Ratio's Avatar
      Ultima Ratio -
      Rally time!!!
    1. stringer bell's Avatar
      stringer bell -
      4-2 Tribe, top of the 6th, we've got 'em right where we want 'em!
    1. JB_Iowa's Avatar
      JB_Iowa -
      Nish-ventures. It's hopeless.
    1. notoriousgod71's Avatar
      notoriousgod71 -
      HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA, Nishi, you're killing me!
    1. ShaeTwins's Avatar
      ShaeTwins -
      Oh my God. This is like a comedy routine. Nishi almost tripping over the bag. Any play that involves him is bound to be a disaster. How is that dropped fly not charged an error, by the way?
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