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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. twinsnorth49's Avatar
      twinsnorth49 -
      Quote Originally Posted by kydoty View Post
      **** it, this team is going nowhere anyway. If I was running the team, the first pitch from Swarzak would've gone right back to Hamilton just like Diamond's.
      That would have just put a bullseye on our next batter, the nonsense has to end sometime. Diamond made his point, crock of s**t he was ejected!
    1. Kobs's Avatar
      Kobs -
      Quote Originally Posted by BD57 View Post
      Things like this are the biggest "downside" of the DH. If Oswalt had to hit, we could drill him in retaliation.
      Well, maybe not drill him, but they could throw a ball in his general direction.
    1. B Richard's Avatar
      B Richard -
      Quote Originally Posted by BD57 View Post
      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
      iPhone app works well for audio, not bad for video (if signal strength is decent).

      Ah, if only I had an iPhone... appreciate it though
    1. Milkman's Avatar
      Milkman -
      Quote Originally Posted by BD57 View Post
      Things like this are the biggest "downside" of the DH. If Oswalt had to hit, we could drill him in retaliation.
      Even if this was the NL wouldn't they still be going after Hamilton? I mean why put an auto out on first base? I don't watch enough NL baseball to know so please let me know if my assumptions are way off.
    1. crarko's Avatar
      crarko -
      Joe has really good bat control; I could see a line drive back through the mound, and any possible occupant.
    1. B Richard's Avatar
      B Richard -
      Quote Originally Posted by Milkman View Post
      Quote Originally Posted by BD57 View Post
      Things like this are the biggest "downside" of the DH. If Oswalt had to hit, we could drill him in retaliation.
      Even if this was the NL wouldn't they still be going after Hamilton? I mean why put an auto out on first base? I don't watch enough NL baseball to know so please let me know if my assumptions are way off.

      I personally didn't think Mauer getting hit was intentional, but the Twins had to do something. Pitchers really don't get thrown at as part of the "unspoken rules" I believe nowadays. In the NL if the exact same thing happened I don't think we'd still be throwing at Hamilton after 1 miss because Mauer's getting hit wasn't too egregious.
    1. IdahoPilgrim's Avatar
      IdahoPilgrim -
      Quote Originally Posted by kydoty View Post
      **** it, this team is going nowhere anyway. If I was running the team, the first pitch from Swarzak would've gone right back to Hamilton just like Diamond's.
      Both benches were warned after Diamond's pitch. All it would have done is get Swarzak tossed as well.

      Be patient. This is a four-game series. Guarantee he gets nailed before they finish up Sunday.
    1. JB_Iowa's Avatar
      JB_Iowa -
      I also don't think that Oswalt hit Mauer intentionally. Oswalt did not have particularly good command earlier.

      The ump had no choice but to eject Diamond. He threw too close to Hamilton's head. He could have plunked him on the butt or the back instead of throwing it in the area of the head.
    1. B Richard's Avatar
      B Richard -
      Yeah I'd be surprised if not tonight but over the weekend Hamilton doesn't end up taking one in the ribs
    1. Milkman's Avatar
      Milkman -
      Quote Originally Posted by JB_Iowa View Post
      I also don't think that Oswalt hit Mauer intentionally. Oswalt did not have particularly good command earlier.

      The ump had no choice but to eject Diamond. He threw too close to Hamilton's head. He could have plunked him on the butt or the back instead of throwing it in the area of the head.
      I'm on the fence on if it was intentional, leaning toward "if I'm gonna miss, I'm gonna miss inside" but even so that is still some HORRIBLE control.
    1. Coach J's Avatar
      Coach J -
      I have to think Diamond missed his location there pretty bad.. I have never met anyone or ever heard of a player trying to hit another player in the head(possibly Pedro Martinez). Bad move on Diamonds part.. hits him in the putt and he doesn't get ejected
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Who knows for sure but I'd have to say... Intentional... 3 0 base open Mauer at the plate. Frustrated pitcher over botched run down... Plus a Veteren pitcher who has his mechanics down and an old school attitude.

      I think Mauer got plunked on purpose and Washington probably didn't like it.
    1. IdahoPilgrim's Avatar
      IdahoPilgrim -
      Quote Originally Posted by Coach J View Post
      I have to think Diamond missed his location there pretty bad.. I have never met anyone or ever heard of a player trying to hit another player in the head(possibly Pedro Martinez). Bad move on Diamonds part.. hits him in the putt and he doesn't get ejected
      I would agree - he hits him in the back or leg, Hamilton goes to first, the ump warns both benches, and the incident is over. Ump had no choice with where Diamond's pitch went. My guess, though, is that we'll get the benefit of the doubt on any close calls the rest of the game.
    1. JB_Iowa's Avatar
      JB_Iowa -
      Quote Originally Posted by Milkman View Post
      I'm on the fence on if it was intentional, leaning toward "if I'm gonna miss, I'm gonna miss inside" but even so that is still some HORRIBLE control.
      That's the problem though. Maybe Oswalt was aiming at Mauer. Maybe he was just trying to pitch inside. Or maybe he just missed completely.

      It's pretty much impossible to tell ... and that's probably why the ump didn't do anything then. With Diamond's throw, there was no question it was retaliation and it it was thrown high.
    1. B Richard's Avatar
      B Richard -
      Quote Originally Posted by Riverbrian View Post
      Who knows for sure but I'd have to say... Intentional... 3 0 base open Mauer at the plate. Frustrated pitcher over botched run down... Plus a Veteren pitcher who has his mechanics down and an old school attitude.

      I think Mauer got plunked on purpose and Washington probably didn't like it.

      I'm starting to think it was intentional. Maybe this is irrelevant but the Texas announcers mentioned Mauer is something like a career 9 for 11 off of Oswalt
    1. JB_Iowa's Avatar
      JB_Iowa -
      Well, Oswalt is gone now anyway.
    1. IdahoPilgrim's Avatar
      IdahoPilgrim -
      It will be interesting to see what, if anything, comes of this after the league office reviews the umpire's report. If they think Oswalt's throw was intentional, he may not be out of the clear either.
    1. IdahoPilgrim's Avatar
      IdahoPilgrim -
      It is poetic justice that Oswalt can't get the win!
    1. Mauerzy4Prez's Avatar
      Mauerzy4Prez -
      Quote Originally Posted by B Richard View Post
      Oswalt lost command on a 3-0 pitch and it hit Mauer in the upper back. It wasnt a direct plunk, more of a glancing blow really. Neither dugout was warned I believe, but then Diamond gets tossed. Ridiculous
      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!
    1. JB_Iowa's Avatar
      JB_Iowa -
      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.
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