• Twins vs. Athletics, 07/15/2012, 1:10pm

    Cole De Vries had a rough outing last night as the Twins dropped a second consecutive game at home against the Oakland A's. In today's getaway game, the Twins face another tough young pitcher in Jarrod Parker, a righty who, again, made his MLB debut last September and has rolled this season to a 2.97 ERA.

    The Twins counter with Brian Duensing, who looks to continue stretching out and get back into starting form. Who do you expect to break out for the Twins offensively today? Do you expect Duensing to shut down the A's offense? And given that it's a Sunday game, what kind of lineup is Gardy going to roll out there today? Join the discussion below!

    Brian Duensing

    W L ERA G GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR HB BB IBB SO AVG WHIP GO/AO
    SEASON 1 5 4.11 33 3 0 0 46.0 44 21 21 3 1 12 1 26 .253 1.22 0.67
    MLB Totals 25 24 3.99 142 53 2 2 422.1 443 202 187 42 8 130 10 272 .271 1.36 1.15

    Jarrod Parker

    W L ERA G GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR HB BB IBB SO AVG WHIP GO/AO
    SEASON 5 4 2.86 14 14 0 0 85.0 65 28 27 4 2 41 3 67 .216 1.25 0.93
    MLB Totals 5 4 2.68 15 15 0 0 90.2 69 28 27 4 2 42 3 68 .216 1.22 0.92

    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 79 293 46 96 18 1 5 41 45 46 4 1 .328 .416 .447 .864
    2 Revere, B MIN RF 53 218 26 69 7 2 0 11 10 17 18 5 .317 .349 .367 .716
    3 Doumit, R MIN C 69 239 25 69 17 1 7 36 21 53 0 0 .289 .344 .456 .801
    4 Span, D MIN CF 80 324 39 90 20 2 3 24 31 42 9 4 .278 .340 .380 .720
    5 Mastroianni, D MIN LF 32 67 9 18 1 1 1 8 9 12 9 2 .269 .355 .358 .713
    6 Willingham, J MIN LF 83 298 50 80 21 1 22 64 45 81 2 1 .268 .382 .567 .949
    7 Plouffe, T MIN RF 68 237 39 60 10 0 19 36 24 55 0 3 .253 .323 .536 .859
    8 Morneau, J MIN 1B 67 260 28 64 15 1 11 39 23 55 1 0 .246 .310 .438 .749
    9 Dozier, B MIN SS 57 216 22 52 8 1 4 23 10 41 6 2 .241 .272 .343 .615
    10 Casilla, A MIN 2B 59 175 16 41 10 1 0 14 9 34 10 1 .234 .271 .303 .574
    11 Carroll, J MIN SS 82 281 32 65 10 1 0 25 32 41 6 3 .231 .313 .274 .587
    12 Butera, D MIN C 24 65 5 15 5 0 1 4 4 16 0 0 .231 .286 .354 .640
    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 38 103 9 20 5 1 2 5 9 27 0 0 .194 .278 .320 .599
    16 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

    A's Offense
    RK Player Team Pos G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG OPS
    1 Carter, C OAK 1B 8 24 9 8 1 0 4 8 2 7 0 0 .333 .385 .875 1.260
    2 Cowgill, C OAK RF 32 96 9 26 1 0 1 9 11 24 3 4 .271 .343 .313 .655
    3 Cespedes, Y OAK CF 56 207 23 56 12 1 10 39 16 49 6 2 .271 .330 .483 .813
    4 Reddick, J OAK RF 85 323 54 87 15 4 20 43 38 80 8 0 .269 .348 .526 .874
    5 Moss, B OAK 1B 27 90 17 23 4 0 11 19 7 32 0 0 .256 .323 .667 .990
    6 Smith, S OAK LF 77 226 34 57 13 2 9 29 36 54 2 2 .252 .364 .447 .811
    7 Gomes, J OAK LF 56 151 24 36 6 0 9 26 25 58 2 1 .238 .356 .457 .813
    8 Ka'aihue, K OAK 1B 39 128 13 30 9 0 4 14 10 28 1 0 .234 .295 .398 .693
    9 Crisp, C OAK LF 61 224 23 52 5 2 3 18 20 31 16 2 .232 .294 .313 .606
    10 Norris, D OAK C 12 45 5 10 0 0 2 6 4 14 2 0 .222 .286 .356 .641
    11 Weeks, J OAK 2B 81 320 34 71 12 5 2 13 38 48 12 5 .222 .309 .309 .619
    12 Suzuki, K OAK C 68 236 17 51 12 0 0 16 9 46 1 0 .216 .252 .267 .519
    13 Inge, B OAK 3B 49 181 15 39 8 0 6 37 18 53 0 0 .215 .286 .359 .645
    14 Pennington, C OAK SS 79 276 30 56 13 1 3 16 23 58 11 4 .203 .266 .290 .556
    15 Milone, T OAK P 2 5 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 .200 .200 .200 .400
    16 Barton, D OAK 1B 37 106 7 21 6 0 1 4 19 30 1 0 .198 .325 .283 .608
    17 Taylor, M OAK LF 4 16 2 3 1 0 0 0 0 7 0 0 .188 .188 .250 .438
    18 Rosales, A OAK 2B 13 24 2 4 0 0 0 3 9 3 0 0 .167 .394 .167 .561
    19 Donaldson, J OAK 3B 28 98 5 15 5 0 1 7 1 26 1 0 .153 .160 .235 .395
    20 Sogard, E OAK 3B 22 69 6 10 1 0 2 6 4 12 1 0 .145 .192 .246 .438
    21 Hicks, B OAK 3B 10 29 1 4 3 0 0 2 2 12 0 0 .138 .194 .241 .435
    22 Recker, A OAK C 13 31 3 4 1 0 0 0 4 13 0 0 .129 .250 .161 .411
    Comments 90 Comments
    1. Badsmerf's Avatar
      Badsmerf -
      Nice to see Dozier starting to hit a little.
    1. greengoblinrulz's Avatar
      greengoblinrulz -
      Personally, think Dozier will end up up around .260/.270 at yrs end......which means he may have to hit .290 or so 2nd half. Am expecting it.
    1. Top Gun's Avatar
      Top Gun -
      They might have ruin Duensing for the pen too.
    1. snepp's Avatar
      snepp -
      WTF was up with that creepy segment?
    1. snepp's Avatar
      snepp -
      Quote Originally Posted by Top Gun View Post
      They might have ruin Duensing for the pen too.
      What?
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      Quote Originally Posted by snepp View Post
      WTF was up with that creepy segment?
      any surprise THAT kid is sans girlfriend?
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      Quote Originally Posted by snepp View Post
      WTF was up with that creepy segment?
      I think that the intended message was that there are people who are even more desperate for success than the Twins.
    1. JB_Iowa's Avatar
      JB_Iowa -
      I think Duensing will be okay back in the pen. He really seems to have the mental make-up for it.

      When he was in the pen earlier this year, I thought we were seeing the return of "Dirty Duensing" and I was disappointed when they gave him starts again.

      This team is like a sieve -- way too many holes to fill.
    1. mike wants wins's Avatar
      mike wants wins -
      Seth, so you'd rather have Duensing stink as a starter, as bad as Hendriks or Blackburn, and not have him in the pen? It's silliness to have him start. He is a good reliever, and an awful starter. There is no upside this year or next, having him start games this year. It's just bad strategic use of your personnel, which shouldn't be surprising for this team....
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      Quote Originally Posted by glunn View Post
      I think that the intended message was that there are people who are even more desperate for success than the Twins.
      Well played.
    1. greengoblinrulz's Avatar
      greengoblinrulz -
      Perfect time for Gray to have a 5 run inning.
    1. snepp's Avatar
      snepp -
      Quote Originally Posted by USAFChief View Post
      Well played.
      Agreed, very well played.
    1. JB_Iowa's Avatar
      JB_Iowa -
      Had to look at the unis again. I thought it was only Blue Jays who could hit this many HR at TF.
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      This would be a better telecast if they would devote 95% to that blonde weather girl and interrupt only occasionally to check in on the game.
    1. Badsmerf's Avatar
      Badsmerf -
      Griffey Jr.
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      I was angry when MLBs idiotic blackout rules prevented me from watching the Twins games last weekend. Little did I know they were doing me a favor.
    1. Badsmerf's Avatar
      Badsmerf -
      Quote Originally Posted by USAFChief View Post
      I was angry when MLBs idiotic blackout rules prevented me from watching the Twins games last weekend. Little did I know they were doing me a favor.
      You shut your mouth when you talk to me!
    1. snepp's Avatar
      snepp -
      I wish Jeff Gray would just go away.



      *cue his defense team*
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      Quote Originally Posted by USAFChief View Post
      I was angry when MLBs idiotic blackout rules prevented me from watching the Twins games last weekend. Little did I know they were doing me a favor.
      Maybe the Twins are like an alcoholic -- they need to hit bottom before they get better. Getting swept like this by the A's is like waking up with your car crashed into a police station and you are covered in vomit.
    1. greengoblinrulz's Avatar
      greengoblinrulz -
      Quote Originally Posted by snepp View Post
      I wish Jeff Gray would just go away.



      *cue his defense team*
      amazed at what the Twins see in him. Lucky for him, but I believe MN plans on keeping him, the minor league relievers have been battling injuries (oliveras, guerra, guittierrez, waldrop earlier in yr) all yr.
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