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  • Twins vs. Tigers, 07/04/2012, 6:05pm

    Nick Blackburn was bad again last night. Really bad. Thankfully, the Twins were able to overcome an early deficit and defeat the Tigers 8-6. Willingham and Plouffe homered again and the Twins' pen put in a stellar performance to close out the game.

    Tonight is not going to be any easier. The Twins face off in the most lopsided pitching matchup of the series as Justin Verlander takes the mound for the Tigers against Brian Duensing and the Twins. Duensing will have to go deeper tonight as the depleted pen could be a problem for the team. Will the Twins winning streak continue? What do you expect from Duensing tonight as he makes his third start?

    Brian Duensing

    W L ERA G GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR HB BB IBB SO AVG WHIP GO/AO
    SEASON 1 4 4.10 32 2 0 0 41.2 40 19 19 3 1 11 0 24 .253 1.22 0.61
    MLB Totals 25 23 3.98 141 52 2 2 418.0 439 200 185 42 8 129 9 270 .272 1.36 1.15

    Justin Verlander

    W L ERA G GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR HB BB IBB SO AVG WHIP GO/AO
    SEASON 8 5 2.69 17 17 4 1 123.2 92 43 37 10 2 29 1 121 .204 0.98 0.92
    MLB Totals 115 62 3.46 216 216 18 6 1439.0 1253 598 554 128 57 439 18 1336 .233 1.18 0.86

    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 72 265 42 88 18 1 5 38 40 41 4 1 .332 .420 .464 .884
    2 Revere, B MIN RF 46 186 25 61 6 2 0 11 9 14 16 4 .328 .359 .382 .740
    3 Doumit, R MIN C 63 216 23 61 13 1 7 36 21 45 0 0 .282 .344 .449 .793
    4 Willingham, J MIN LF 77 276 45 75 21 1 18 59 40 75 2 1 .272 .383 .551 .934
    5 Span, D MIN CF 74 296 39 80 20 2 3 22 31 38 9 3 .270 .339 .382 .721
    6 Plouffe, T MIN RF 61 209 37 52 10 0 19 35 24 50 0 2 .249 .328 .569 .897
    7 Casilla, A MIN 2B 56 168 16 41 10 1 0 14 9 31 10 1 .244 .282 .315 .597
    8 Carroll, J MIN SS 76 259 32 63 9 1 0 25 30 34 6 3 .243 .325 .286 .611
    9 Butera, D MIN C 22 58 4 14 5 0 1 4 4 13 0 0 .241 .302 .379 .681
    10 Morneau, J MIN 1B 61 235 26 56 14 1 10 35 22 51 1 0 .238 .307 .434 .741
    11 Dozier, B MIN SS 51 196 20 46 8 1 3 20 8 38 4 2 .235 .262 .332 .594
    12 Mastroianni, D MIN LF 29 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 59 231 48 74 16 3 9 37 31 59 7 2 .320 .402 .532 .934
    4 Cabrera, M DET 3B 81 325 47 103 24 0 16 65 31 47 3 1 .317 .378 .538 .916
    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 81 304 44 91 18 1 12 53 36 43 1 0 .299 .379 .484 .862
    7 Berry, Q DET CF 38 132 26 39 4 3 1 13 16 38 12 0 .295 .388 .394 .782
    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 73 281 22 74 14 0 6 31 8 57 0 1 .263 .291 .377 .668
    10 Peralta, J DET SS 72 249 25 64 16 2 4 24 27 47 1 1 .257 .332 .386 .718
    11 Avila, A DET C 55 182 22 46 10 1 5 23 24 50 2 0 .253 .337 .401 .738
    12 Boesch, B DET LF 76 290 34 69 12 0 8 30 12 57 3 2 .238 .274 .362 .636
    13 Santiago, R DET 2B 63 158 15 36 5 1 2 17 12 24 1 0 .228 .301 .310 .611
    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 Worth, D DET 2B 30 55 4 10 1 0 0 2 7 19 0 0 .182 .270 .200 .470
    17 Raburn, R DET 2B 50 161 11 29 10 0 1 10 10 44 1 1 .180 .236 .261 .497
    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 47 Comments
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      I thought Gardy told his mouthpieces at FSN they weren't going to let Cabrera beat them.
    1. Dilligaf69's Avatar
      Dilligaf69 -
      Why even pitch to Miggy!....ever??
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      It's called a "curveball," 'lexi.
    1. snepp's Avatar
      snepp -
      Just got home, newsflash, Verlander ain't so bad.
    1. stringer bell's Avatar
      stringer bell -
      While Cabrera and Verlander were probably too much by themselves for the Twins to overcome, if the Twins had made some plays they should make, this would have been a close game. Span froze on Prince's short fly ball and Carroll made two misplays. Those mistakes made a possible 2-1 game into a 5-1 defeat.
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      Quote Originally Posted by stringer bell View Post
      While Cabrera and Verlander were probably too much by themselves for the Twins to overcome, if the Twins had made some plays they should make, this would have been a close game. Span froze on Prince's short fly ball and Carroll made two misplays. Those mistakes made a possible 2-1 game into a 5-1 defeat.
      I saw the replay of Span's miscue on ESPN -- he missed that one badly. Let's hope the Twins can put this behind them and win the series tomorrow.
    1. powrwrap's Avatar
      powrwrap -
      Quote Originally Posted by USAFChief View Post
      It's called a "curveball," 'lexi.
      That one was a beaut!
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