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  • Twins vs. Pirates, 06/21/2012, 6:05pm

    Fresh off the gem pitched by Liriano last night, the Twins come into the rubber game against Pittsburgh facing James McDonald, one of the Pirates' breakout starters of 2012. The righty has held opponents under a .200 BAA while striking out just shy of one hitter per inning. The Twins are countering with Liam Hendriks making his second start since his recall from Rochester, where he impressed the club with a dominant May. Hendriks struggled against the Brewers in his last start, giving up eight hits in five innings (two of them earned). What do you expect to see from Hendriks tonight? Which Twins bat will break out against McDonald?

    Box Score - 6/20/2012 - Twins 2
    , Pirates 1

    Minnesota Twins (27-40) vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (35-32)

    Twins Lineup
    TBA
    Hendriks, P (0-3, 7.83)

    Pirates Lineup
    TBA
    McDonald, P (5-3, 2.32)

    Minnesota
    RK Player Team Pos G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG OPS
    1 Mauer, J MIN C 60 220 32 69 14 1 3 33 37 31 3 1 .314 .415 .427 .842
    2 Revere, B MIN RF 34 139 19 43 5 2 0 9 5 9 12 2 .309 .338 .374 .712
    3 Span, D MIN CF 62 253 34 72 17 1 3 18 26 32 7 3 .285 .351 .395 .747
    4 Willingham, J MIN LF 64 233 39 65 19 1 14 46 33 66 2 0 .279 .387 .549 .936
    5 Carroll, J MIN SS 65 227 30 59 9 1 0 22 26 29 6 3 .260 .340 .308 .648
    6 Doumit, R MIN C 54 186 20 47 9 1 6 30 19 38 0 0 .253 .314 .409 .723
    7 Casilla, A MIN 2B 50 147 15 37 9 1 0 12 9 27 8 1 .252 .294 .327 .620
    8 Plouffe, T MIN RF 48 159 26 40 7 0 14 25 21 34 0 2 .252 .339 .560 .899
    9 Diamond, S MIN P 2 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 .250 .250 .250 .500
    10 Dozier, B MIN SS 39 157 14 38 8 0 2 16 5 29 2 2 .242 .262 .331 .593
    11 Butera, D MIN C 18 50 3 12 4 0 0 1 4 10 0 0 .240 .309 .320 .629
    12 Morneau, J MIN 1B 50 192 23 45 11 1 10 33 18 42 0 0 .234 .304 .458 .762
    13 Komatsu, E MIN RF 15 32 2 7 0 0 0 1 4 3 0 0 .219 .297 .219 .516
    14 Mastroianni, D MIN LF 20 43 4 9 1 1 0 5 5 8 2 0 .209 .292 .279 .571
    15 Hughes, L MIN 2B 4 10 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 4 1 0 .200 .182 .200 .382
    16 Valencia, D MIN 3B 27 100 9 19 5 1 1 11 2 23 0 1 .190 .204 .290 .494
    17 Parmelee, C MIN 1B 32 94 6 16 5 1 0 3 8 26 0 0 .170 .250 .245 .495
    18 Thomas, C MIN RF 12 28 2 4 1 0 1 4 0 16 0 0 .143 .172 .286 .458
    19 Burroughs, S MIN 3B 10 17 0 2 1 0 0 1 1 3 0 0 .118 .167 .176 .343
    20 Liriano, F MIN P 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
    20 Pavano, C MIN P 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
    20 Swarzak, A MIN P 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
    23 Burnett, A MIN P 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - - - .000
    23 Burton, J MIN P 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - - - .000
    23 Capps, M MIN P 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - - - .000
    23 Duensing, B MIN P 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - - - .000
    23 Gray, J MIN P 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - - - .000
    23 Manship, J MIN P 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - - - .000
    23 Marquis, J MIN P 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - - - .000
    23 Perkins, G MIN P 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - - - .000

    Pittsburgh
    RK Player Team Pos G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG OPS
    1 McCutchen, A PIT CF 64 238 36 79 12 3 12 39 24 52 14 4 .332 .392 .559 .951
    2 Walker, N PIT 2B 66 243 24 64 12 0 4 28 22 57 7 0 .263 .323 .362 .686
    3 Jones, G PIT 1B 54 155 16 39 9 1 7 22 5 41 2 0 .252 .272 .458 .730
    4 Harrison, J PIT 3B 41 97 16 24 7 3 2 9 5 17 5 2 .247 .311 .443 .755
    5 McGehee, C PIT 3B 57 149 15 36 7 1 3 16 19 32 1 0 .242 .327 .362 .690
    6 Hague, M PIT 1B 25 65 5 15 2 0 0 7 3 14 1 0 .231 .275 .262 .537
    7 Tabata, J PIT RF 61 222 24 50 12 3 2 9 15 36 8 7 .225 .286 .333 .620
    8 Presley, A PIT LF 47 175 20 39 7 1 5 12 5 38 6 4 .223 .244 .360 .604
    9 Barajas, R PIT C 49 156 15 34 7 0 6 16 14 32 0 0 .218 .277 .378 .656
    10 Alvarez, P PIT 3B 59 198 27 42 12 0 12 34 20 68 0 0 .212 .284 .455 .738
    11 Barmes, C PIT SS 61 194 11 39 11 0 3 15 3 49 0 2 .201 .223 .304 .527
    12 Hernandez, G PIT CF 9 10 1 2 0 0 0 2 1 2 1 0 .200 .273 .200 .473
    13 Navarro, Y PIT 3B 25 45 4 8 0 0 1 4 5 12 0 2 .178 .255 .244 .499
    14 McKenry, M PIT C 24 66 7 11 3 0 3 6 9 22 0 0 .167 .273 .348 .621
    15 Correia, K PIT P 11 20 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 8 0 1 .150 .150 .150 .300
    16 McLouth, N PIT LF 34 57 4 8 2 0 0 2 5 18 0 0 .140 .210 .175 .385
    17 McDonald, J PIT P 13 24 2 3 0 0 0 0 1 13 0 0 .125 .160 .125 .285
    18 Mercer, J PIT 2B 5 9 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 3 0 1 .111 .273 .111 .384
    19 Bedard, E PIT P 13 20 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 8 0 0 .100 .100 .100 .200
    20 Burnett, A PIT P 9 17 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 10 0 0 .059 .158 .059 .217
    21 Hughes, J PIT P 23 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
    21 Karstens, J PIT P 3 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
    21 Lincoln, B PIT P 13 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
    21 Morton, C PIT P 8 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
    21 Resop, C PIT P 24 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 .000 .333 .000 .333
    26 Cruz, J PIT P 25 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - - - .000
    26 Grilli, J PIT P 25 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - - - .000
    26 Hanrahan, J PIT P 24 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - - - .000
    26 Meek, E PIT P 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - - - .000
    26 Slaten, D PIT P 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - - - .000
    26 Watson, T PIT P 26 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - - - .000
    Comments 41 Comments
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Lineups:

      Twins
      Span CF
      Revere RF
      Willingham LF
      Morneau 1B
      Plouffe 3B
      Doumit C
      Dozier SS
      Casilla 2B
      (Hendriks P)

      Pirates
      Presley LF
      Walker 2B
      McCutchen CF
      Jones RF
      McGehee 1B
      Alvarez 3B
      Barajas C
      Harrison SS
      (McDonald P)
    1. SpiritofVodkaDave's Avatar
      SpiritofVodkaDave -
      Good God, can Mauer just tough it out for once in his freaking career? I like the guy plenty and rarely have a bad thing to say about him, but its time for him to actually be a leader and stay on the field as much as possible.
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Quote Originally Posted by SpiritofVodkaDave View Post
      Good God, can Mauer just tough it out for once in his freaking career?
      I'm using a new source for lineups and I'm not 100% sure they're accurate yet.

      I really hope it's not in tonight's case...
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Quote Originally Posted by rocketpig View Post
      I'm using a new source for lineups and I'm not 100% sure they're accurate yet.

      I really hope it's not in tonight's case...
      LEN3 cited his own sources for Mauer being unavailble.
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Wouldn't this be the perfect night to be giving Dozier a rest and putting Carroll, the NL vet, at SS against a tough right-handed starter?
    1. IdahoPilgrim's Avatar
      IdahoPilgrim -
      I'm going to give the Twins the benefit of the doubt on Mauer. We don't know just how his leg is progressing. He played with the injury the second half of Sunday's game, and he could barely run by the time they took him out. What good is it having him swing the bat if he can only jog to first? He got booed because he was unable to leg out a double; he get's booed if he's not in the lineup. Kind of a no-win situation for him.
    1. SpiritofVodkaDave's Avatar
      SpiritofVodkaDave -
      Quote Originally Posted by sbknudson View Post
      I'm going to give the Twins the benefit of the doubt on Mauer. We don't know just how his leg is progressing. He played with the injury the second half of Sunday's game, and he could barely run by the time they took him out. What good is it having him swing the bat if he can only jog to first? He got booed because he was unable to leg out a double; he get's booed if he's not in the lineup. Kind of a no-win situation for him.
      Only a complete moron would boo Mauer.
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      That half inning wasn't exactly awe-inspiring.
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      Quote Originally Posted by rocketpig View Post
      That half inning wasn't exactly awe-inspiring.
      McDonald was acquired via a deadline trade of Octavio Dotel. Maybe Capps can fetch us something similar.

      In other news: after that inning Revere is in a 5-29 slump. Would be nice if he can break loose today.

      This just in: Andrew McCutchen is good.
    1. GCTF's Avatar
      GCTF -
      Quote Originally Posted by rocketpig View Post
      That half inning wasn't exactly awe-inspiring.
      How's this half inning working out for you?
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Quote Originally Posted by GCTF View Post
      How's this half inning working out for you?
      We're all cheering for the guys with the "P" on their helmets, right? I sometimes get confused.
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Hendriks dodged a bullet in that inning. It could have been a hell of a lot worse.
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Ballsy move by Doumit.
    1. GCTF's Avatar
      GCTF -
      So.....what else is on?
    1. Obie's Avatar
      Obie -
      How is that Hendricks put up those numbers in AAA?
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Quote Originally Posted by jokin View Post
      Wouldn't this be the perfect night to be giving Dozier a rest and putting Carroll, the NL vet, at SS against a tough right-handed starter?
      Watched the bench reaction, I think Jamey just reminded Gardy that this would have been the right move (he said...as he slapped himself on the back...).
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Quote Originally Posted by Obie View Post
      How is that Hendricks put up those numbers in AAA?
      Kind of like Jekyll & Hyde, isn't it?
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      Quote Originally Posted by SpiritofVodkaDave View Post
      Good God, can Mauer just tough it out for once in his freaking career? I like the guy plenty and rarely have a bad thing to say about him, but its time for him to actually be a leader and stay on the field as much as possible.
      The single, simple thing most likely to keep Mauer on the field--and at his most productive--is to move him off catcher. Should have been done years ago. Paying $23M/yr to a catcher, where the player cannot under any circumstances play his position every day, and where he's also most likely to get injured, suffer long term debilitation, and hit the least--is and always was idiocy, despite what FANGRAPHS tries to tell you with WAR or some other poorly thought out crap.
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Damn it, Morneau. He throws you three outside the zone and then you roll over on one.
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      And then Plouffe gives it a ride. Le sigh.
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