• Twins vs. Tigers, 07/02/2012, 6:05pm

    For the first time all year, the Twins should be feeling pretty good about their recent play. They closed out June strongly and swept a doubleheader, posting their first winning month of the season. They closed out a series with Kansas City by winning three in a row.

    But things are about to get considerably more difficult. The Twins travel to Detroit, where they will start a four-game set against the Tigers. Detroit is looking to get back on track in the Central and will throw Verlander, Porcello, Fister, and Scherzer against the Twins, with Fister getting the call tonight.

    How do you think the Twins will do in this series? Will they be able to keep their momentum in Detroit? How many solo home runs will Trevor hit in Comerica? Why do I always ask so many questions? As always, be sure to join the Twins Daily game conversation found below!

    Liam Hendriks
    W L ERA G GS CG SVO IP H R ER HR HB BB IBB SO AVG WHIP GO/AO
    SEASON 0 5 6.82 7 7 0 0 34.1 51 32 26 10 2 6 0 22 .345 1.66 0.93
    MLB Totals 0 7 6.55 11 11 0 0 57.2 80 48 42 13 2 12 0 38 .332 1.60 1.00

    Doug Fister
    W L ERA G GS CG SVO IP H R ER HR HB BB IBB SO AVG WHIP GO/AO
    SEASON 1 5 3.91 9 9 0 0 50.2 57 26 22 7 1 11 1 42 .278 1.34 1.79
    MLB Totals 21 36 3.54 80 78 3 0 499.0 500 216 196 42 21 95 5 317 .259 1.19 1.19

    Twins Offense
    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 70 256 38 83 17 1 4 36 39 38 3 1 .324 .414 .445 .859
    2 Revere, B MIN RF 44 178 21 57 6 2 0 11 7 12 15 4 .320 .346 .376 .722
    3 Doumit, R MIN C 61 210 23 58 13 1 7 34 19 43 0 0 .276 .333 .448 .781
    4 Span, D MIN CF 72 287 38 79 20 2 3 22 30 36 9 3 .275 .344 .390 .734
    5 Willingham, J MIN LF 75 269 43 72 20 1 17 55 38 75 2 1 .268 .379 .539 .918
    6 Casilla, A MIN 2B 55 164 16 41 10 1 0 14 9 30 10 1 .250 .288 .323 .611
    6 Plouffe, T MIN RF 59 200 35 50 10 0 18 31 23 48 0 2 .250 .329 .570 .899
    8 Carroll, J MIN SS 75 254 32 63 9 1 0 25 30 33 6 3 .248 .331 .291 .622
    9 Butera, D MIN C 21 58 4 14 5 0 1 4 4 13 0 0 .241 .302 .379 .681
    10 Morneau, J MIN 1B 59 226 25 54 14 1 10 34 21 50 1 0 .239 .307 .442 .749
    11 Dozier, B MIN SS 49 186 20 43 8 1 3 20 8 35 4 2 .231 .260 .333 .594
    12 Mastroianni, D MIN LF 28 59 8 13 1 1 1 8 8 12 5 0 .220 .313 .322 .635
    13 Komatsu, E MIN RF 15 32 2 7 0 0 0 1 4 3 0 0 .219 .297 .219 .516
    14 Hughes, L MIN 2B 4 10 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 4 1 0 .200 .182 .200 .382
    15 Parmelee, C MIN 1B 37 100 8 19 5 1 1 4 9 26 0 0 .190 .277 .290 .567
    15 Valencia, D MIN 3B 27 100 9 19 5 1 1 11 2 23 0 1 .190 .204 .290 .494
    17 Diamond, S MIN P 3 7 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 .143 .143 .143 .286
    17 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

    Tigers Offense
    RK Player Team Pos G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG OPS
    1 Perez, H DET 2B 2 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500 .500 .500 1.000
    2 Dirks, A DET LF 37 134 24 44 9 2 4 16 9 18 1 0 .328 .379 .515 .894
    3 Jackson, A DET CF 57 223 46 72 16 3 8 35 30 57 7 2 .323 .404 .529 .933
    4 Cabrera, M DET 3B 79 318 46 100 23 0 16 62 30 47 3 1 .314 .376 .538 .914
    5 Holaday, B DET C 4 10 3 3 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .300 .300 .400 .700
    6 Fielder, P DET 1B 79 297 43 88 18 1 12 53 34 43 1 0 .296 .374 .485 .859
    7 Berry, Q DET CF 36 125 25 37 4 3 1 13 14 37 12 0 .296 .385 .400 .785
    8 Laird, G DET C 34 92 13 27 4 0 2 5 7 10 0 0 .293 .347 .402 .749
    9 Young, D DET LF 71 273 22 73 14 0 6 30 8 56 0 1 .267 .296 .385 .681
    10 Peralta, J DET SS 71 246 25 64 16 2 4 24 26 46 1 1 .260 .333 .390 .724
    11 Avila, A DET C 53 174 20 43 10 1 5 23 24 48 2 0 .247 .335 .402 .737
    12 Boesch, B DET LF 74 284 33 66 12 0 7 27 12 55 3 1 .232 .269 .349 .618
    13 Santiago, R DET 2B 61 150 14 34 5 1 2 17 12 24 1 0 .227 .304 .313 .617
    14 Kelly, D DET LF 46 90 11 17 1 1 1 7 13 15 1 0 .189 .291 .256 .547
    15 Eldred, B DET DH 5 16 1 3 1 1 0 1 1 6 0 0 .188 .235 .375 .610
    16 Raburn, R DET 2B 48 154 10 28 9 0 1 9 10 43 1 1 .182 .240 .260 .499
    16 Worth, D DET 2B 29 55 4 10 1 0 0 2 7 19 0 0 .182 .270 .200 .470
    18 Santos, O DET C 3 8 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 .125 .111 .125 .236
    19 Inge, B DET 2B 9 20 2 2 1 0 1 2 0 6 0 0 .100 .100 .300 .400
    19 Young, M DET LF 5 10 2 1 1 0 0 1 0 9 0 0 .100 .182 .200 .382
    Comments 63 Comments
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Twins:
      Span CF
      Revere RF
      Mauer DH
      Willingham LF
      Morneau 1B
      Plouffe 3B
      Doumit C
      Dozier SS
      Carroll 2B
      (Hendriks P)

      Tigers:
      Jackson CF
      Berry LF
      Cabrera 3B
      Fielder 1B
      Young DH
      Raburn 2B
      Avila C
      Kelly RF
      Santiago SS
      (Fister P)
    1. IdahoPilgrim's Avatar
      IdahoPilgrim -
      I'm confused. I thought the object of the game was to hit the ball with the bat...
    1. etspaceman's Avatar
      etspaceman -
      3 looking strikeouts.

      Great start boys.
    1. TwinsGuy55422's Avatar
      TwinsGuy55422 -
      Let's be swinging the bats.
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      I have a dental appointment at 5:20 California time, which is now looking to be more pleasant than watching this game.
    1. J-Dog Dungan's Avatar
      J-Dog Dungan -
      It is hard to believe that Trever freaking Plouffe is outpacing monsters like Fielder and Pujols in HR production this year; KEEP IT UP PLOUFFIE! (Not that he just hit a home run, it is just me saying that he is truly raking recently)
    1. IdahoPilgrim's Avatar
      IdahoPilgrim -
      Quote Originally Posted by glunn View Post
      I have a dental appointment at 5:20 California time, which is now looking to be more pleasant than watching this game.
      With or without novocaine?
    1. J-Dog Dungan's Avatar
      J-Dog Dungan -
      While people may be comparing Plouffe to Valencia in production (just overall), I think Plouffe has 3B locked down for the foreseeable future if he can keep up this torrid pace of improvement. I mean, seriously, he has improved his BA something like .115 points since he has gone on this tear, going from something like .139 to .249 (including the groundout in his 1st AB tonight). Also, he has the second highest OPS to Josh Willingham, who is a much higher valued veteran than Plouffe.
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      Quote Originally Posted by sbknudson View Post
      With or without novocaine?
      I am going to ask for nitrous, not to dull the pain of the dentistry but instead to take my mind off the game.
    1. IdahoPilgrim's Avatar
      IdahoPilgrim -
      Quote Originally Posted by J-Dog Dungan View Post
      While people may be comparing Plouffe to Valencia in production (just overall), I think Plouffe has 3B locked down for the foreseeable future if he can keep up this torrid pace of improvement. I mean, seriously, he has improved his BA something like .115 points since he has gone on this tear, going from something like .139 to .249 (including the groundout in his 1st AB tonight). Also, he has the second highest OPS to Josh Willingham, who is a much higher valued veteran than Plouffe.
      Who's Valencia?
    1. J-Dog Dungan's Avatar
      J-Dog Dungan -
      The one thing that my dad has had less to complain about Mauer now that he is hitting better is that he is hitting into fewer double plays than he was in 2011 and most of April and May of this year.
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Well, that was certainly an unlucky top of the inning for the Twins.
    1. J-Dog Dungan's Avatar
      J-Dog Dungan -
      Quote Originally Posted by sbknudson View Post
      Who's Valencia?
      That annoying 3B who is apparently extremely stuck up and is now trapped in AAA (aka the Twilight Zone) with Tsuyoshi Nishioka
    1. snepp's Avatar
      snepp -
      Quote Originally Posted by sbknudson View Post
      Who's Valencia?
      Ex-Twin, current Rochester Redwings third baseman.



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    1. snepp's Avatar
      snepp -
      Quote Originally Posted by rocketpig View Post
      Well, that was certainly an unlucky top of the inning for the Twins.
      The anti-cueball for Dozier.
    1. snepp's Avatar
      snepp -
      LOL, third base coaches.



      And it didn't matter in the end.
    1. IdahoPilgrim's Avatar
      IdahoPilgrim -
      Well, that could have been ugly. One run is the least he could expect to get away with. Hendriks has pitched 2 good innings, but this last one made me cringe.
    1. GCTF's Avatar
      GCTF -
      Good ol' Delmon.
    1. twinzgrl's Avatar
      twinzgrl -
      C'mon Benny let's see your jets....
    1. J-Dog Dungan's Avatar
      J-Dog Dungan -
      Seems like the current scouting report on Morneau is to give him nothing on the inside and everything on the outside.
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