03-16-2012, 11:49 AM #1
Spring Training - Game 16 - vs Orioles
The Birds come to visit Hammond Stadium, the first of a two-game set for the Twins. They will jump over the highway to JetBlue Stadium today. Joe Christensen provides us with the day game's lineup:
1. Robert Andino, 2B
2. Wilson Betemit, LF
3. J.J. Hardy, SS
4. Chris Davis, 1B
5. Adam Jones, CF
6. Mark Reynolds, 3B
7. Ronny Paulino, DH
8. Jai Miller, RF
9. John Hester, C
Starting pitcher: RH Chris Tillman
1. Denard Span, CF
2. Tsuyoshi Nishioka, SS
3. Danny Valencia, 3B
4. Chris Parmelee, 1B
5. Ryan Doumit, DH
6. Rene Tosoni, RF
7. Luke Hughes, 2B
8. Rene Rivera, C
9. Ben Revere, LF
Starting pitcher: Nick Blackburn
03-16-2012, 11:58 AM #2
should we have signed andy pettitte?
03-16-2012, 12:06 PM #3should we have signed andy pettitte?
03-16-2012, 12:15 PM #4
In contrast to the 10-run first inning yesterday, Twins shut out the Orioles today. Baby steps...
03-16-2012, 12:17 PM #5
pettitte is younger by like 4 months.
03-16-2012, 12:18 PM #6pettitte is younger by like 4 months.
03-16-2012, 12:28 PM #7
Twins amass a potential rally in the bottom of the inning - thanks to a Span infield hit, a Nishioka sac and a Chris Parmelee walk. Doumit strands Span on third with an inning-ended ground out to JJ Hardy.
03-16-2012, 12:32 PM #8
Dan Gladden lauded catcher Rene Riviera has being really good at getting the ball back to the pitcher quickly. That's a skill that is not emphasized enough...
03-16-2012, 12:37 PM #9
Luke Hughes is granted a double after left fielder Wilson Betemit called off shortstop JJ Hardy on a shallow fly ball only to have it fall to the turf.
03-16-2012, 12:51 PM #10
Before we get too excited...
Last Spring Blackburn went 3-1 with 1.73 ERA 1.08 WHIP 3 BB and 11 K in 26 IP. One thing though, he seems to get swings and misses this Spring, unlike times past, which is a good thing to see. Maybe Blac_burn found his K finally.-----
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03-16-2012, 01:07 PM #11
03-16-2012, 01:10 PM #12
Blackburn better today than last outing.
Hughes with a RBI on a force out. Would like to have gotten more in that situation.
03-16-2012, 01:15 PM #13
03-16-2012, 01:17 PM #14
The news stories SHOULD say "Blackburn Sharp" in their headlines regarding this game. Last time out that was far from the truth yet was a headline.
03-16-2012, 01:25 PM #15
Per Phil Mackey:
This may or may not be worth noting (too early, too small of sample), but Blackburn's spring contact rate is 75%. His career rate is 89%.
03-16-2012, 01:30 PM #16
Revere with another failed bunt attempt. Work with Carew some more!
03-16-2012, 01:31 PM #17
Robert Andino knots the score at one with a solo homer off of new Twins pitcher Carlos Gutierrez.
03-16-2012, 01:41 PM #18
03-16-2012, 02:23 PM #19
Burton gives up 2 runs, 1 earned(wilkin ramierez E) , 2 hits and a pair of walks in the 8th.