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  • Series Preview: Twins vs Rangers, 8/23-8/26

    The Twins start a four game road set against the Texas Rangers as they continue their road trip through the American League West. Coming off a series loss at both Oakland and Seattle, the Twins try to get back on track against the Texas Rangers, division leaders of the AL West.

    In game one, the Twins challenge the Rangers with their best pitcher of the season, Scott Diamond. To counter, the Rangers send veteran Roy Oswalt to the mound. Oswalt has scuffled this season while Diamond's groundball rate in homer-happy Arlington should help the Twins in the opening salvo.

    Game 1:
    Scott Diamond

    W L ERA G GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR HB BB IBB SO AVG WHIP GO/AO
    SEASON 10 5 2.95 19 19 1 1 128.0 135 49 42 13 4 18 2 70 .274 1.20 1.82
    MLB Totals 11 10 3.45 26 26 1 1 167.0 186 74 64 16 4 35 5 89 .285 1.32 1.58

    Roy Oswalt

    W L ERA G GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR HB BB IBB SO AVG WHIP GO/AO
    SEASON 4 2 6.04 10 7 0 0 44.2 61 32 30 8 2 9 0 43 .326 1.57 1.21
    MLB Totals 163 95 3.27 349 333 20 8 2198.2 2132 857 799 191 78 509 34 1802 .256 1.20 1.35

    In the second game, enigmatic Samuel Deduno is challenged by the Rangers' Matt Harrison, in the midst of a second fine year for Texas.

    Game 2:
    Samuel Deduno

    W L ERA G GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR HB BB IBB SO AVG WHIP GO/AO
    SEASON 4 1 3.33 8 8 0 0 46.0 37 18 17 4 2 36 0 30 .228 1.59 2.03
    MLB Totals 4 1 3.31 14 8 0 0 51.2 45 20 19 5 2 40 1 37 .241 1.65 2.06

    Matt Harrison

    W L ERA G GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR HB BB IBB SO AVG WHIP GO/AO
    SEASON 14 7 3.19 24 24 3 2 161.0 157 59 57 13 1 46 0 96 .256 1.26 1.39
    MLB Totals 44 26 4.12 118 86 6 4 572.0 598 283 262 57 8 196 6 344 .271 1.39 1.26

    Game three sees Brian Duensing go against newly-acquired Ryan Dempster from the Cubs.

    Game 3:
    Brian Duensing

    W L ERA G GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR HB BB IBB SO AVG WHIP GO/AO
    SEASON 3 8 4.46 42 9 0 0 84.2 97 49 42 8 2 20 2 50 .286 1.38 0.96
    MLB Totals 27 27 4.06 151 59 2 2 461.0 496 230 208 47 9 138 11 296 .276 1.38 1.18

    Ryan Dempster
    W L ERA G GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR HB BB IBB SO AVG WHIP GO/AO
    SEASON 7 6 2.99 20 20 0 0 129.1 109 48 43 14 1 35 0 105 .226 1.11 1.01
    MLB Totals 119 122 4.33 539 314 11 3 2172.0 2131 1130 1045 236 84 975 46 1870 .258 1.43 1.21

    In the final game of the series, struggling Cole De Vries takes on Scott Feldman of the Rangers.

    Game 4:
    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 5 4.89 14 13 0 0 70.0 75 45 38 16 4 17 0 48 .264 1.31 0.52
    MLB Totals 2 5 4.89 14 13 0 0 70.0 75 45 38 16 4 17 0 48 .264 1.31 0.52

    Scott Feldman

    W L ERA G GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR HB BB IBB SO AVG WHIP GO/AO
    SEASON 6 9 4.77 22 16 0 0 94.1 104 58 50 11 1 23 2 66 .275 1.35 0.88
    MLB Totals 39 42 4.76 197 96 0 0 698.1 744 406 369 79 34 243 12 403 .275 1.41 1.30

    Twins Offense
    RK Player Team Pos G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG OPS
    1 Carson, M MIN RF 4 16 0 7 1 0 0 1 0 3 0 0 .438 .438 .500 .938
    2 Florimon, P MIN SS 6 18 4 6 1 1 0 0 2 5 1 0 .333 .400 .500 .900
    3 Mauer, J MIN C 114 424 67 134 24 1 8 63 68 65 7 3 .316 .410 .434 .844
    4 Revere, B MIN RF 86 362 48 113 12 4 0 25 16 32 29 7 .312 .342 .367 .709
    5 Doumit, R MIN C 104 369 41 107 25 1 14 59 24 73 0 0 .290 .338 .477 .815
    6 Span, D MIN CF 104 421 58 121 31 3 3 34 42 53 12 6 .287 .351 .397 .748
    7 Mastroianni, D MIN LF 57 129 19 36 3 2 3 17 12 29 15 2 .279 .338 .403 .741
    8 Morneau, J MIN 1B 99 385 48 106 25 1 16 59 33 69 1 0 .275 .336 .470 .807
    9 Willingham, J MIN LF 119 430 73 112 25 1 31 91 63 115 2 2 .260 .368 .540 .908
    10 Carroll, J MIN SS 110 378 46 90 14 1 0 32 46 57 6 3 .238 .324 .280 .604
    11 Plouffe, T MIN 3B 83 292 44 69 12 0 19 40 28 64 0 3 .236 .306 .473 .778
    12 Dozier, B MIN SS 84 316 33 74 11 1 6 33 16 58 9 2 .234 .271 .332 .603
    13 Komatsu, E MIN RF 15 32 2 7 0 0 0 1 4 3 0 0 .219 .297 .219 .516
    14 Butera, D MIN C 33 85 5 18 5 0 1 5 5 19 0 0 .212 .264 .306 .570
    15 Casilla, A MIN 2B 85 254 25 53 13 2 1 24 14 49 15 1 .209 .251 .287 .538

    Rangers Offense
    RK Player Team Pos G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG OPS
    1 Lewis, C TEX P 1 4 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 .500 .500 .500 1.000
    1 Ogando, A TEX P 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .500 .500 .500 1.000
    3 Darvish, Y TEX P 1 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .333 .333 .333 .667
    4 Murphy, D TEX LF 109 324 46 102 24 1 11 49 42 54 8 3 .315 .394 .497 .891
    5 Gentry, C TEX CF 97 197 26 61 10 2 1 26 12 29 12 6 .310 .379 .396 .775
    6 Beltre, A TEX 3B 119 463 70 142 24 0 22 73 27 59 1 0 .307 .344 .501 .845
    7 Andrus, E TEX SS 119 477 70 141 27 6 2 49 48 70 19 7 .296 .363 .390 .753
    8 Moreland, M TEX 1B 77 225 31 65 12 0 13 38 18 45 1 1 .289 .340 .516 .856
    9 Hamilton, J TEX LF 115 439 80 125 22 2 34 102 46 118 7 3 .285 .351 .576 .927
    10 Snyder, B TEX 1B 38 64 11 18 2 0 3 9 3 26 0 0 .281 .313 .453 .767
    11 Young, M TEX 1B 120 479 59 130 20 3 4 50 24 54 2 2 .271 .303 .351 .654
    12 Cruz, N TEX RF 121 444 68 119 32 0 19 74 42 112 8 4 .268 .335 .468 .803
    13 Kinsler, I TEX 2B 119 500 83 133 35 3 14 57 46 66 20 8 .266 .336 .432 .768
    14 Feldman, S TEX P 2 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 .250 .250 .250 .500
    15 Gonzalez, A TEX 2B 24 54 7 13 2 1 0 4 0 9 0 0 .241 .241 .315 .556
    16 Soto, G TEX C 16 55 9 13 2 0 2 10 4 19 0 0 .236 .300 .382 .682
    17 Torrealba, Y TEX C 49 161 16 38 8 0 3 12 14 31 1 1 .236 .302 .342 .643
    18 Napoli, M TEX C 92 301 45 67 7 2 17 40 50 108 1 0 .223 .343 .429 .771
    Comments 91 Comments
    1. Mauerzy4Prez's Avatar
      Mauerzy4Prez -
      Well at least we got some redemption! Wally Bell just took a ball straight off the top of his forearm... Try and throw somebody out now Wally Boy!
    1. B Richard's Avatar
      B Richard -
      Quote Originally Posted by Mauerzy4Prez View Post
      Oswald is a veteran pitcher that is known for his control... If you don't think that was intentional then watch it again. It hit Joe in the U in Mauer, and was a 3-0 count. Nobody was warned which is ridiculous. That's bush Wash, just bush!

      He posted an ERA of 6 this year going into the series, so I'd say it's fair to say he hasn't exactly been a control-artist this year. With that said, I do agree and think it was intentional now, especially in light of the play he blew just before. I hope somebody catches one in the ribs before this is all done.
    1. Ted666's Avatar
      Ted666 -
      That's quite the outfield positioning for Mauer
    1. IdahoPilgrim's Avatar
      IdahoPilgrim -
      Quote Originally Posted by Mauerzy4Prez View Post
      Well at least we got some redemption! Wally Bell just took a ball straight off the top of his forearm... Try and throw somebody out now Wally Boy!
      He had no choice but to throw Diamond out, given the location near the head.
    1. Mauerzy4Prez's Avatar
      Mauerzy4Prez -
      Quote Originally Posted by B Richard View Post
      Quote Originally Posted by Mauerzy4Prez View Post
      Oswald is a veteran pitcher that is known for his control... If you don't think that was intentional then watch it again. It hit Joe in the U in Mauer, and was a 3-0 count. Nobody was warned which is ridiculous. That's bush Wash, just bush!

      He posted an ERA of 6 this year going into the series, so I'd say it's fair to say he hasn't exactly been a control-artist this year. With that said, I do agree and think it was intentional now, especially in light of the play he blew just before. I hope somebody catches one in the ribs before this is all done.
      I don't know if an elevated ERA this year would leave to a lack of control that bad! Usually lack of control in a high ERA type guy means he's leaving it up in the middle of the plate. Not hitting his spots on the corners...

      Either way as you said, I don't think we have seen the last of this little tiff. Probably later on in the series somebody will take one again.
    1. Mauerzy4Prez's Avatar
      Mauerzy4Prez -
      Quote Originally Posted by sbknudson View Post
      Quote Originally Posted by Mauerzy4Prez View Post
      Well at least we got some redemption! Wally Bell just took a ball straight off the top of his forearm... Try and throw somebody out now Wally Boy!
      He had no choice but to throw Diamond out, given the location near the head.
      You're absolutely right he had no choice. League rules state if a pitcher makes it look that intentional the ump must eject him. However it doesn't make it right that we got the s***end of the stick and they didn't even get a warning. Still as a die hard twins fan and Mauer bobo I have to say I felt a small victory inside when Wally took that ball off the arm.
    1. pjnelly's Avatar
      pjnelly -
      Here are some facts:

      Oswalt hits Mauer on a 3-0 pitch. Doumit and Morneau both strike out to end the inning while their manager is pacing in the dugout and obviously pissed off.

      We can't really be positive if Oswalt threw at Mauer intentionally, but he was probably not as tense as Doumit or Morneau when facing them after plunking Mauer. I think it was intentional and pretty brilliant on Oswalt's part if in fact it was intentional--he gets out of the inning unscathed, pisses off the other team into having some bad at-bats, and gets two others from the opposing team thrown out of the game while he gets to stay in. Great pitching if you ask me!
    1. IdahoPilgrim's Avatar
      IdahoPilgrim -
      Quote Originally Posted by Mauerzy4Prez View Post
      You're absolutely right he had no choice. League rules state if a pitcher makes it look that intentional the ump must eject him. However it doesn't make it right that we got the ### of the stick and they didn't even get a warning. Still as a die hard twins fan and Mauer bobo I have to say I felt a small victory inside when Wally took that ball off the arm.
      I was kinda surprised when Wally Bell didn't warn both sides after Oswalt's pitch, but then I figured he was giving the Twins a chance for payback. If Diamond hits Hamilton in the back or leg, Hamilton takes first, Diamond stays in the game, and then Bell warns both sides - after they are even. Didn't work out that way.
    1. Tcrose3636's Avatar
      Tcrose3636 -
      Quote Originally Posted by pjnelly View Post
      Here are some facts:

      Oswalt hits Mauer on a 3-0 pitch. Doumit and Morneau both strike out to end the inning while their manager is pacing in the dugout and obviously pissed off.

      We can't really be positive if Oswalt threw at Mauer intentionally, but he was probably not as tense as Doumit or Morneau when facing them after plunking Mauer. I think it was intentional and pretty brilliant on Oswalt's part if in fact it was intentional--he gets out of the inning unscathed, pisses off the other team into having some bad at-bats, and gets two others from the opposing team thrown out of the game while he gets to stay in. Great pitching if you ask me!
      Brilliant the way it turned out, but it could have also got Hamilton killed if it did hit him in the head (I don't really mean killed but hurt pretty badly). That is probably why Wash wad pacing back and fourth in the dugout. It was just plain stupid, you have your team competing for the playoffs and you do something dumb like that against a bad team, your team and your best offensive player are the only ones that you can really hurt in that situation.
    1. gil4's Avatar
      gil4 -
      Quote Originally Posted by B Richard View Post
      Does anyone here have any good sites for streaming games? I don't have mlb.tv and am habitually frustrated by not being able to watch the Twins

      Free MLB TV 10-day trial:

      http://mlb.mlb.com/sponsors/lexus/y2...rial/index.jsp

      If for some reason it doesn't work for you, I apologize in advance. It worked for me, although I should have waited until after the Texas series - it's in my local broadcast area.
    1. Bark's Lounge's Avatar
      Bark's Lounge -
      The HBP was definitely intentional. I would think the Rangers must seriously regret signing this guy - he has pitched like S@#t, he says he will not pitch out of the bullpen if he is demoted on a team that has the guns to win it all, and then he goes and pulls a bulls@#t move liking hitting Mauer on a 3-0 count after he makes a bone-headed fielding play, looking like a spoiled arrogant brat all the while. Seeing the look on his face after his fielding mishap was all I needed to see to know the HBP was intentional. I cannot imagine Ron Washington or many of his teammates were thrilled with Oswalt's actions... honestly it would not surprise me if Texas gets rid of him soon. Oswalt has been good in the past and you never heard anything bad about him - I guess this is Roy's bad person year and probably his last as a player.
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      Totally random thought: I was glancing at Yahoo Sports' in-game box score page, and it shows Doumit facing Mike Adams at the moment, and darned if the two photos don't look like randomly generated player photos in this computer game I used to play. You'd think they could find a better photo of Doumit at least; Adams, I am afraid he just looks like a Sim, period.
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    1. Ultima Ratio's Avatar
      Ultima Ratio -
      So can Plouffesie field a position? That's just bad x2
    1. notoriousgod71's Avatar
      notoriousgod71 -
      Quote Originally Posted by JB_Iowa View Post
      The Twins have been playing pretty apathetically on this road trip. Maybe Oswalt gave them a figurative kick in the butt via Mauer's shoulder.

      Doesn't look like it by our eighth inning "fielding".
    1. Top Gun's Avatar
      Top Gun -
      Twins just giving it away.
    1. wavedog's Avatar
      wavedog -
      Falling apart - can't hit, pitch or field - other than that good game. I am about to give up on Plouffe at third - he can't field.
    1. JB_Iowa's Avatar
      JB_Iowa -
      Quote Originally Posted by notoriousgod71 View Post
      Quote Originally Posted by JB_Iowa View Post
      The Twins have been playing pretty apathetically on this road trip. Maybe Oswalt gave them a figurative kick in the butt via Mauer's shoulder.

      Doesn't look like it by our eighth inning "fielding".

      Or pitching
    1. wavedog's Avatar
      wavedog -
      Sad thing is this was the one game of the series they had a chance to win. Only going to get worse from here on out.
    1. notoriousgod71's Avatar
      notoriousgod71 -
      Quote Originally Posted by wavedog View Post
      Falling apart - can't hit, pitch or field - other than that good game. I am about to give up on Plouffe at third - he can't field.
      Or hit.
    1. snepp's Avatar
      snepp -
      Remember when it was 4-4?
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