• 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. B Richard's Avatar
      B Richard -
      Gave Andrus waaayy too much to hit in an 0-2 count
    1. B Richard's Avatar
      B Richard -
      Florimon to the rescue, great catch
    1. snepp's Avatar
      snepp -
      Well, Diamond has matched his season high for walks.
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      Hate to say it, but Plouffsey has looked pretty brutal since coming back. Not just the lack of hits, but some awful ABs and bad swings. I wonder if the thumb is healthy.
    1. B Richard's Avatar
      B Richard -
      Great throw by Carson
    1. kydoty's Avatar
      kydoty -
      Hamilton better watch it. He might get one in the ribcage tonight.
    1. kydoty's Avatar
      kydoty -
      **** you, Wally Bell!!! **** you right in your ****ing neck!
    1. B Richard's Avatar
      B Richard -
      Was either dugout warned even prior??? That is such bs, let em play
    1. notoriousgod71's Avatar
      notoriousgod71 -
      OK I just turned it on right before Diamond got ejected. I didn't see the Mauer HBP. Was it that obvious?
    1. edavis0308's Avatar
      edavis0308 -
      I was making dinner. Why did oswalt even hit mauer?
    1. TwinsGuy55422's Avatar
      TwinsGuy55422 -
      I hope Gardy took his blood pressure meds!
    1. Danchat's Avatar
      Danchat -
      Very nice... Diamond throws a pitch right at Hamiliton's head. Misses. Diamond ejected. Fail.
      It's about time Gardy got ejected.
      EDIT: There was no need for Mauer to be hit (in the neck) because he was in a 3-0 count. Twins just getting back at Texas.
    1. notoriousgod71's Avatar
      notoriousgod71 -
      At any rate, Diamond just earned a little more respect in my book. Just unfortunate it was only 87 mph.
    1. kydoty's Avatar
      kydoty -
      Quote Originally Posted by notoriousgod71 View Post
      OK I just turned it on right before Diamond got ejected. I didn't see the Mauer HBP. Was it that obvious?
      3-0 count and a fastball right in his upper back. You damn right it was intentional.

      And Diamond gets tossed for a retalitory pitch that doesn't even hit Hamilton and with no warning from Wally Bell.

      So in the end, we lose our pitcher, Hamilton goes unscathed, and Oswalt remains in the game.
    1. B Richard's Avatar
      B Richard -
      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
    1. kydoty's Avatar
      kydoty -
      **** 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.
    1. BD57's Avatar
      BD57 -
      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).
    1. notoriousgod71's Avatar
      notoriousgod71 -
      Intentionally hitting Albert Belle has to be the ballsiest thing ever done on a baseball field.
    1. BD57's Avatar
      BD57 -
      Things like this are the biggest "downside" of the DH. If Oswalt had to hit, we could drill him in retaliation.
    1. notoriousgod71's Avatar
      notoriousgod71 -
      Quote Originally Posted by kydoty View Post
      Quote Originally Posted by notoriousgod71 View Post
      OK I just turned it on right before Diamond got ejected. I didn't see the Mauer HBP. Was it that obvious?
      3-0 count and a fastball right in his upper back. You damn right it was intentional.

      And Diamond gets tossed for a retalitory pitch that doesn't even hit Hamilton and with no warning from Wally Bell.

      So in the end, we lose our pitcher, Hamilton goes unscathed, and Oswalt remains in the game.
      We could make it like the Padres-Braves game from '84 where four guys got ejected for throwing at Pascual Perez.
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