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Seth Stohs
04-15-2012, 12:34 PM
Sunday afternoon lineup:

Rangers Lineup:

Ian Kinsler 2B
Elvis Andrus SS
Josh Hamilton CF
Adrian Beltre 3B
Michael Young DH
Nelson Cruz RF
David Murphy LF
Mike Napoli 1B
Yorvit Torrealba C

SP: Neftali Feliz

Twins Lineup:

Denard Span CF
Jamey Carroll SS
Joe Mauer C
Justin Morneau DH
Josh Willingham LF
Chris Parmelee 1B
Danny Valencia 3B
Clete Thomas RF
Alexi Casilla 2B

SP: Liam Hendriks

Fanatic Jack
04-15-2012, 12:40 PM
Sure glad we acquired the game changer Clete Thomas! Revere was thrown away by this team and for what another Plouffe. Thomas is not even as good as Plouffe. Joke....

DaTwins
04-15-2012, 12:54 PM
I'd say Thomas is quite a bit better than Plouffe. I haven't seen him much, but he couldn't be too much worse in right field. And, come on, Revere is 23, there's no reason he should have to fight to get 2 starts a week at the major league level. You'll see him soon enough, what's your rush? Grabbing Thomas, assuming he as advertised, was a really smart move, the Twins needed a good-defense 4th outfielder.

Seth Stohs
04-15-2012, 01:26 PM
Great first inning for Hendriks. Even the single to Hamilton was a terrific 2-0 pitch at the knees and sinking.

Kirby_Waved_At_Me
04-15-2012, 01:30 PM
listening on the radio - funny anecdote from Gladden about Kent Hrbek referring to foul balls into the dugout as "Ugly Finders" - specifically that the foul balls would hopefully hit the tough lefties that Hrbek didn't like to hit against. This came up because Tigers lefty starter Wilk was knocked out of the game yesterday by his teammates' foul ball (Prince Fielder) into the dugout.

jeffk
04-15-2012, 01:39 PM
Corey never seems to quite know how to handle Gladden. Can't say I blame him.

Kirby_Waved_At_Me
04-15-2012, 01:46 PM
Can we blame the lack of offense on the rain if we don't score today?

twinzgrl
04-15-2012, 01:52 PM
Can we blame the lack of offense on the rain if we don't score today?
If it makes you feel better, I say go for it.

The sun is out here in southern MN.

Kirby_Waved_At_Me
04-15-2012, 01:58 PM
yes, definitely the rain.

twinzgrl
04-15-2012, 02:03 PM
On a positive note, Liam seems to be handling this line up pretty well. If you throw out Liriano's stats, the starting pitching hasn't been that bad.

twinzgrl
04-15-2012, 02:11 PM
Jason Repko is playing CF for the Red Sox today....

Seth Stohs
04-15-2012, 02:35 PM
Hendriks threw his first 'spinner' of the game and Mike Napoli took advantage.

Other than that pitch, Hendriks has looked terrific through 5. Neftali Feliz is tough. Makes throwing 95 look effortless. Slider at 89. Very good changeup. I'm impressed.

Morneau has crushed the ball twice off of him. Unfortunately one was foul, and the other was a perfectly place double play ball.

Scheherezade
04-15-2012, 02:37 PM
Clete Thomas: Game changer!

twinsnorth49
04-15-2012, 02:39 PM
Sure glad we acquired the game changer Clete Thomas! Revere was thrown away by this team and for what another Plouffe. Thomas is not even as good as Plouffe. Joke....


Pardon me?.........421 feet.........say goodnight lucy.

Vegeta
04-15-2012, 02:44 PM
Can Gardy please bench Valencia. Sick of seeing him swinging for the fence.

Seth Stohs
04-15-2012, 02:56 PM
Clete on offense... Clete on Defense... Liam's made one bad pitch. Great play at the plate. Michael Young can hit any pitch. What a game, and there's still 3 innings to go!!

ashburyjohn
04-15-2012, 02:59 PM
Clete on offense... Clete on Defense...

The Game Changer!

Kirby_Waved_At_Me
04-15-2012, 03:09 PM
Probably the best start this year by a Twins' pitcher, right?

Seth Stohs
04-15-2012, 03:16 PM
Probably the best start this year by a Twins' pitcher, right?

No question!

And nice work in the 7th by Jared Burton!

Scheherezade
04-15-2012, 03:23 PM
That hit and run attempt was UGLY. =D

Vegeta
04-15-2012, 03:27 PM
Valencia shouldn't have stopped. Once you take off you gotta keep going, pitch out or not. You stop and your done everytime

stringer bell
04-15-2012, 03:28 PM
Perkins is coming off a shaky outing. I hope the results are better today.

stringer bell
04-15-2012, 03:30 PM
No question!

And nice work in the 7th by Jared Burton!

I think Burton and Maloney will be very good in middle innings and setup roles. Maloney has always been a starter so I wonder if he'll be considered if the plague of injuries continues for the rotation.

Kirby_Waved_At_Me
04-15-2012, 03:30 PM
oof. Tough break for Hendriks

Vegeta
04-15-2012, 03:30 PM
And a brilliant outing by Perkins

stringer bell
04-15-2012, 03:31 PM
Perkins is coming off a shaky outing. I hope the results are better today.

I guess not.

jeffk
04-15-2012, 03:32 PM
Man Texas sure has Perkins' number. Wonder what his deal is the last couple of days?

ashburyjohn
04-15-2012, 03:34 PM
Man Texas sure has Perkins' number. Wonder what his deal is the last couple of days?

He had a career year last year. That's all.

Seth Stohs
04-15-2012, 03:37 PM
I posted on Twitter that the Rangers have been so aggressive against Twins pitchers with the exception of Perkins. They lay off the fastball just above the belt and don't swing at the slider. Gotta wonder if Perkins gives something to indicate what pitch is coming?

Ultima Ratio
04-15-2012, 03:37 PM
And here is our 2012 bullpen. Though I blame Gardy too: why not leave Burton in to face two RH batters and then bring in Perkins to face Hamilton. Rangers are RH heavy and kill LH pitching.

Kirby_Waved_At_Me
04-15-2012, 03:43 PM
Wow, Denard is on fire this week.

ashburyjohn
04-15-2012, 03:51 PM
Mauer's GIDP doesn't worry me. If we can get someone on in the 9th, Clete will end it with another HR.

Ultima Ratio
04-15-2012, 03:53 PM
Will Mauer have the dignity to restructure his contract for 13 million/year, which is still more than he's worth, and use that 10 million to get some pitching? If I were him, I'd be embarrassed.

Ultima Ratio
04-15-2012, 04:02 PM
So frustrating.... bad, bad team.

Vegeta
04-15-2012, 04:02 PM
Morneau has to get back out into the field. He is killing himself dwelling on each at bat sitting in the dug out

one_eyed_jack
04-15-2012, 04:13 PM
Another bad outing by Perk. Another non-productive day for the M&M's.

But Carroll's failed bunt may have been the most frustrating moment of the day for me.

That whole inning changes if he's able to move Span over.

Kirby_Waved_At_Me
04-15-2012, 04:26 PM
It's only getting rougher from here - not looking forward to reading the recaps of the Yankees games.

one_eyed_jack
04-15-2012, 04:52 PM
In a way I'm glad the Yankees are coming up. A good showing in the Bronx might inspire some confidence in this team, which is I think what they need more than anything. It's an opportunity for them to show that this year can be different.

It seems like they're in a situation where they feel like they need to play flawless baseball in order to win and thus are playing like a team afraid to make mistakes and trying to make too many perfect plays.

Of course, I'm afraid it will more likely be the same 'ol story, same 'ol song and dance in New York. But if they did manage to take the series, it would give me a different feeling about the rest of the year.

mike wants wins
04-15-2012, 05:45 PM
Today we see the opposite side of the silliness of pitcher wins as a stat. Earlier, Gray showed getting a win is silly. Today, we saw that not getting a win is silly. Hendriks did his job so well that if you got that kind of pitching every game you'd easily win 100 games a year, yet he doesn't get a win. Silly stat. As for the Twins, 70-75 games....that's it. And I fully expect Span to be traded at some point this year, in a huge blunder.

deanlambrecht
04-15-2012, 05:51 PM
How long until we find out Perkins is injured? I don't honestly think that's the case, but given the luck we've had...

CDog
04-15-2012, 06:17 PM
Will Mauer have the dignity to restructure his contract for 13 million/year, which is still more than he's worth. And use that 10 million to get some pitching. If I were him, I'd be embarrassed.

And if I made the post above, I'd be embarrassed.

Ultima Ratio
04-15-2012, 11:28 PM
And if I made the post above, I'd be embarrassed.
Thanks for saving me the posting shame of incorrect punctuation. I've edited in a question mark.

CDog
04-15-2012, 11:32 PM
Thanks for saving me the posting shame of incorrect punctuation. I've edited in a question mark.

Yeah...that wasn't it.