• Twins vs Rays, 08-10-2012, 7:10pm

    The Twins look to continue their improved play as they go into a weekend series against the Rays at Target Field. Jeremy Hellickson takes the mound for Tampa Bay while Cole De Vries gets the nod for Minnesota. Hellickson is another good young pitcher for the Rays, compiling an ERA of 3.43 this season and De Vries looks to keep churning out solid starts for the Twins in a bid to cement his spot in the rotation for next season.

    Tampa Bay has played well recently, taking seven of 10 as they vie for a Wild Card spot in the American League. Will the Twins get to play spoiler to another team or will the Rays' pitching shut down Minnesota bats? Will Tsuyoshi Nishioka continue to get starts at second base? How do you expect this weekend series to shake out? Join the Twins Daily discussion and let us know!

    Cole De Vries

    W L ERA G GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR HB BB IBB SO AVG WHIP GO/AO
    SEASON 2 2 3.81 11 10 0 0 59.0 54 31 25 13 4 12 0 41 .236 1.12 0.56
    MLB Totals 2 2 3.81 11 10 0 0 59.0 54 31 25 13 4 12 0 41 .236 1.12 0.56

    Jeremy Hellickson

    W L ERA G GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR HB BB IBB SO AVG WHIP GO/AO
    SEASON 6 7 3.43 20 20 0 0 115.1 107 50 44 18 3 44 3 76 .245 1.31 0.88
    MLB Totals 23 17 3.17 59 53 2 1 340.2 285 128 120 44 9 124 13 226 .225 1.20 0.74

    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 76 317 43 103 12 3 0 24 15 28 27 5 .325 .356 .382 .738
    2 Mauer, J MIN C 102 377 63 119 23 1 7 56 63 59 5 3 .316 .413 .438 .851
    3 Doumit, R MIN C 92 326 37 96 24 1 12 55 23 65 0 0 .294 .343 .485 .827
    4 Span, D MIN CF 102 413 56 118 30 2 3 34 42 53 12 6 .286 .351 .390 .741
    5 Morneau, J MIN 1B 88 343 45 93 22 1 15 55 29 64 1 0 .271 .332 .472 .805
    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 107 384 66 100 22 1 29 83 60 104 2 1 .260 .376 .549 .925
    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 81 306 32 72 11 1 5 31 16 56 9 2 .235 .274 .327 .601
    11 Casilla, A MIN 2B 77 224 24 51 12 2 1 22 12 41 14 1 .228 .267 .313 .580
    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 3 12 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 .000 .071 .000 .071

    Rays Offense
    RK Player Team Pos G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG OPS
    1 Davis, W TB P 4 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .500 .500 .500 1.000
    2 Longoria, E TB 3B 26 94 15 31 8 0 4 22 15 22 2 3 .330 .418 .543 .961
    3 Keppinger, J TB 2B 68 217 24 69 9 1 4 23 17 14 1 0 .318 .375 .424 .799
    4 Fuld, S TB LF 12 33 3 10 2 0 0 2 2 5 1 1 .303 .343 .364 .706
    5 Sutton, D TB 3B 18 48 2 13 4 0 0 6 2 16 0 0 .271 .314 .354 .668
    6 Joyce, M TB RF 80 267 42 72 11 3 12 38 38 69 4 2 .270 .372 .468 .840
    7 Zobrist, B TB RF 107 377 61 95 25 5 12 43 72 69 12 8 .252 .373 .440 .813
    8 Johnson, E TB 2B 96 262 26 65 9 2 4 27 24 72 17 6 .248 .315 .344 .658
    9 Upton, B TB CF 95 372 45 90 18 1 10 41 32 107 21 5 .242 .299 .376 .675
    10 Lobaton, J TB C 46 130 11 31 8 0 1 15 19 31 0 1 .238 .344 .323 .667
    11 Jennings, D TB LF 87 325 48 77 13 3 8 31 27 72 19 1 .237 .303 .369 .672
    12 Rhymes, W TB 2B 47 123 11 28 2 1 1 8 10 17 1 2 .228 .299 .285 .584
    13 Scott, L TB DH 68 240 26 54 13 1 12 45 14 57 4 0 .225 .279 .438 .716
    14 Rodriguez, S TB SS 98 274 29 57 11 1 6 29 22 66 5 0 .208 .269 .321 .590
    15 Shields, J TB P 2 5 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 .200 .200 .200 .400
    16 Pena, C TB 1B 111 389 58 76 15 1 15 46 66 138 2 2 .195 .323 .355 .677
    17 Gimenez, C TB C 24 68 7 13 1 0 0 4 4 15 0 0 .191 .236 .206 .442
    18 Molina, J TB C 65 169 14 32 6 0 4 16 11 41 1 1 .189 .247 .296 .543
    19 Conrad, B TB 2B 24 58 4 10 5 0 2 9 3 27 0 0 .172 .213 .362 .575
    20 Allen, B TB LF 7 13 3 2 0 0 1 3 2 4 0 0 .154 .267 .385 .651
    21 Matsui, H TB DH 34 95 7 14 1 0 2 7 8 22 0 0 .147 .214 .221 .435
    22 Guyer, B TB RF 3 7 2 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 .143 .143 .571 .714
    23 Roberts, R TB 3B 12 39 6 5 1 0 1 4 8 10 2 1 .128 .292 .231 .522
    Comments 40 Comments
    1. Top Gun's Avatar
      Top Gun -
      Twins manager Ron Gardenire said there's been "tons of debate" internally whether to option Brian Dozier to Triple-A Rochester for a few weeks.

      Dozier is batting just .235/.274/.327 with five homers and nine steals over 81 games, so the Twins are trying to decide whether he'd be better off getting some more seasoning in the minors. If he did get sent down, the 25-year-old would be brought back up in September.


      Source: Phil Mackey on Twitter
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Twins:
      Span CF

      Revere RF
      Mauer C
      Willingham LF
      Morneau 1B
      Doumit DH
      Casilla 2B
      Dozier SS
      Carroll 3B
      (De Vries P)

      Rays:
      Jennings LF
      Upton CF
      Joyce RF
      Longoria DH
      Zobrist SS
      Pena 1B
      Keppinger 3B
      Roberts 2B
      Molina C
      (Hellickson P)
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      I'm glad Nishioka isn't in the lineup, I don't think he'd have gotten a very good reception from the home crowd.
    1. J-Dog Dungan's Avatar
      J-Dog Dungan -
      I think everyone who would have been interested in booing Nishi is probs more interested in the Vikings game tonight (not that I wouldn't boo him if I was there and he was in the lineup.)
    1. SpiritofVodkaDave's Avatar
      SpiritofVodkaDave -
      Plouffe starts a mini rehab assignment tomorrow in AAA.
    1. greengoblinrulz's Avatar
      greengoblinrulz -
      prob means a Monday activation????
    1. Ultima Ratio's Avatar
      Ultima Ratio -
      uh.....oh......
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by Top Gun View Post
      Twins manager Ron Gardenire said there's been "tons of debate" internally whether to option Brian Dozier to Triple-A Rochester for a few weeks.
      Later in his answer, he says he really likes Dozier and what he brings to the field and to the team. He definitely believes in him, and has seen some improvements of late. He said there is no surprised that Dozier, like most rookies, struggle when he has come up.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by greengoblinrulz View Post
      prob means a Monday activation????
      That's the plan at this point.
    1. snepp's Avatar
      snepp -
      This is getting ugly early.
    1. Willihammer's Avatar
      Willihammer -
      Rays announcer: 40 games in which Twins starters have failed to go 5 innings.

      Make that, 41
    1. Ultima Ratio's Avatar
      Ultima Ratio -
      That's why we don't move the fences in. That would be a homer in any other park, no?
    1. snepp's Avatar
      snepp -
      There's that ball that's gone pretty much anywhere else.
    1. Willihammer's Avatar
      Willihammer -
      Ya I love the logic there. Team full of slap hitters, one or two power guys (cuddy, Morneausy) wanna move the fences in. Selfish
    1. snepp's Avatar
      snepp -
      Quote Originally Posted by Ultima Ratio View Post
      That's why we don't move the fences in. That would be a homer in any other park, no?
      I may have said this the last time a ball was hit there, but I think AT&T/Pacbell keeps it in. That right-center gap and wall combo they have is pretty ridiculous too.
    1. Ultima Ratio's Avatar
      Ultima Ratio -
      Just one run each inning and we've got 'em == eternal optimist
    1. IdahoPilgrim's Avatar
      IdahoPilgrim -
      Has anybody suggested exchanging the Twins flag in the concourse for a white flag to fly when it gets like this?
    1. Ultima Ratio's Avatar
      Ultima Ratio -
      Quote Originally Posted by snepp View Post
      Quote Originally Posted by Ultima Ratio View Post
      That's why we don't move the fences in. That would be a homer in any other park, no?
      I may have said this the last time a ball was hit there, but I think AT&T/Pacbell keeps it in. That right-center gap and wall combo they have is pretty ridiculous too.
      There should be a net that comes out over the field to catch those balls when the come down -- for homers.
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      What was the problem with DeVries tonight? Up and in the zone?
    1. snepp's Avatar
      snepp -
      Quote Originally Posted by Ultima Ratio View Post
      There should be a net that comes out over the field to catch those balls when the come down -- for homers.
      They could be our "Wrigley Field Baskets."

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