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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. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Twins:
      Span CF

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

      Indians:
      Kipnis 2B
      Cabrera SS
      Choo RF
      Santana DH
      Brantley CF
      Duncan LF
      Marson C
      Kotchman 1B
      Lillibridge 3B
      (Masterson P)
    1. ShaeTwins's Avatar
      ShaeTwins -
      Not sure if I should hope for another Nishi o-fer...at least then he'll play himself out of the bigs quicker.
    1. RickSchuette's Avatar
      RickSchuette -
      I don't mean to go off-topic, but I haven't heard anyone raise this question yet, and certainly Bert and Dick in the booth aren't going to raise it...of what value is it to try to bring back Carl Pavano and Matt Capps for the remainder of the season. Neither will be with us next year and they will only take valuable starts/appearances away from pitchers we know we will want to look at next season. We certainly don't owe either of them anything in terms of helping them get a better contract offer over the off-season.
    1. notoriousgod71's Avatar
      notoriousgod71 -
      Seriously, Dick, why would he get first base if he struck out when the ball hit him? Never in my life have I seen a catcher pick up the ball after it hit the batter and throw to first base to record an out.

      I think it's debatable whether Span swung or not but the ruling isn't exactly debatable.
    1. stringer bell's Avatar
      stringer bell -
      Nice start Duensing! Shake it off and throw some zeroes!
    1. Tcrose3636's Avatar
      Tcrose3636 -
      So is it safe to say if the Twins sweep the Indians in Cleveland, they will win the World Series? Last time the Twins swept Cleveland in Cleveland was '91...seem logical to me.
    1. Shane Wahl's Avatar
      Shane Wahl -
      Quote Originally Posted by RickSchuette View Post
      I don't mean to go off-topic, but I haven't heard anyone raise this question yet, and certainly Bert and Dick in the booth aren't going to raise it...of what value is it to try to bring back Carl Pavano and Matt Capps for the remainder of the season. Neither will be with us next year and they will only take valuable starts/appearances away from pitchers we know we will want to look at next season. We certainly don't owe either of them anything in terms of helping them get a better contract offer over the off-season.
      Like strangely using Brian Duensing in the starting rotation now when there's no way in hell any sane manager would do that next year?
    1. notoriousgod71's Avatar
      notoriousgod71 -
      I don't know if there's any player I've ever despised as much as Nishioka.
    1. ShaeTwins's Avatar
      ShaeTwins -
      Quote Originally Posted by notoriousgod71 View Post
      I don't know if there's any player I've ever despised as much as Nishioka.
      I guess the good news is that he may play himself out of the lineup defensively before he does offensively. This three game stretch has been some of the absolute worst baseball I've ever seen in my entire life (from Nishi, that is).
    1. notoriousgod71's Avatar
      notoriousgod71 -
      Quote Originally Posted by notoriousgod71 View Post
      I don't know if there's any player I've ever despised as much as Nishioka.

      I take that back. If the Twins were contending I'd hate him. As it is now he's kind of comical.
    1. Ultima Ratio's Avatar
      Ultima Ratio -
      Is Nishi super nervous or horrible or both? Never in my life have I seen a major leaguer play defense like a tee-baller.
    1. RickSchuette's Avatar
      RickSchuette -
      I doubt that Duensing is in their plans for the rotation next season. But finishing the season as a starter would improve his trade value over the off-season. That ship has sailed with Pavano...and Capps for that matter. Let Duensing and Blackburn try to get some sink back on their pitches and lower their ERA. They both know they're doubtful as far as staying in the rotation next year. Let them pitch their way off the bubble, either for the Twins or another team. Pavano will need three MLB starts just to stretch himself out to 6 innings. What value does that add to the Twins over the final six weeks of his contract?
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Ugh. Nishi, you're killing us.
    1. notoriousgod71's Avatar
      notoriousgod71 -
      Duensing is essentially worthless if he can't even get lefties out.
    1. Ultima Ratio's Avatar
      Ultima Ratio -
      I'm sorry but Duensing's ship has sailed as well. He can't get anyone out any more.
    1. notoriousgod71's Avatar
      notoriousgod71 -
      Nishi caught a throw!!!!!
    1. DPJ's Avatar
      DPJ -
      I know the Twins are at the bottom of the barrel for starts, but is there really no one else that can come up and take either Blackburn or Duensing's place in the rotation.
    1. ShaeTwins's Avatar
      ShaeTwins -
      I have a feeling that Blackburn will retain a spot as a starter just based on stubborn management refusing to cut him just based on the amount of cash he's making. Meh, the Twins won't contend next year at any rate, and if they are contending at any point, Blackburn will probably be having a decent year anyway.
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Quote Originally Posted by DPJ View Post
      I know the Twins are at the bottom of the barrel for starts, but is there really no one else that can come up and take either Blackburn or Duensing's place in the rotation.
      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.
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      Hey...all this complaining about Nishioka. The twins are undefeated with Nishioka in the lineup and averaging over 10 runs per game on offense!
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