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  • Twins vs White Sox, 07-31-2012, 7:10pm

    Tonight, we can count on at least one thing: the fans at Target Field are going to boo a pitcher.

    Nick Blackburn takes the mound against recently-traded Francisco Liriano for the White Sox. While it's pretty likely that Nick Blackburn will give up a handful of runs in the first four innings, most of the interest will be following the performance of Liriano, who has been a well above-average pitcher for the past two and a half months, despite pitching a complete clunker against the White Sox in US Cellular Field in his last start.

    What do you expect from Blackburn tonight? What about Liriano? After all those years of watching him pitch, how will Twins hitters attack the newly-traded pitcher? Be sure to join the Twins Daily discussion below and rip on your least favorite pitcher today!

    Nick Blackburn

    W L ERA G GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR HB BB IBB SO AVG WHIP GO/AO
    SEASON 4 6 7.99 15 15 0 0 74.1 107 66 66 17 0 23 0 33 .336 1.75 1.14
    MLB Totals 43 52 4.83 141 133 5 0 794.1 967 475 426 111 18 199 11 379 .301 1.47 1.33

    Francisco Liriano

    W L ERA G GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR HB BB IBB SO AVG WHIP GO/AO
    SEASON 3 10 5.31 22 17 0 0 100.0 89 63 59 12 4 55 4 109 .239 1.44 1.13
    MLB Totals 50 52 4.33 156 130 1 1 783.1 727 400 377 76 29 324 6 788 .247 1.34 1.32

    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 94 349 58 114 21 1 6 49 54 53 5 1 .327 .416 .444 .860
    2 Revere, B MIN RF 67 280 35 88 11 3 0 20 14 23 24 5 .314 .349 .375 .724
    3 Span, D MIN CF 94 376 51 109 27 2 3 32 39 48 11 6 .290 .356 .396 .752
    4 Doumit, R MIN C 84 294 33 85 19 1 10 49 22 61 0 0 .289 .340 .463 .803
    5 Willingham, J MIN LF 98 354 62 97 22 1 27 79 55 92 2 1 .274 .386 .571 .957
    6 Morneau, J MIN 1B 79 308 38 81 19 1 13 46 26 60 1 0 .263 .324 .458 .782
    7 Mastroianni, D MIN LF 39 80 11 21 1 2 2 9 10 16 9 2 .263 .344 .400 .744
    8 Plouffe, T MIN RF 74 259 44 67 12 0 19 38 26 57 0 3 .259 .330 .525 .855
    9 Dozier, B MIN SS 72 272 28 65 9 1 4 28 12 48 8 2 .239 .272 .324 .595
    10 Carroll, J MIN SS 93 319 38 76 12 1 0 30 37 47 6 3 .238 .321 .282 .603
    11 Butera, D MIN C 28 74 5 17 5 0 1 4 5 18 0 0 .230 .288 .338 .625
    12 Casilla, A MIN 2B 72 212 21 48 11 2 0 20 10 40 12 1 .226 .262 .297 .559
    13 Komatsu, E MIN RF 15 32 2 7 0 0 0 1 4 3 0 0 .219 .297 .219 .516
    14 Parmelee, C MIN 1B 40 108 10 22 5 1 2 6 9 28 0 0 .204 .283 .324 .607
    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 30 111 11 22 6 1 1 14 2 25 0 1 .198 .209 .297 .506

    White Sox Offense
    RK Player Team Pos G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG OPS
    1 Konerko, P CWS 1B 94 349 47 115 17 0 17 52 37 55 0 0 .330 .402 .524 .926
    2 Danks, J CWS CF 22 35 4 11 1 0 0 2 0 10 1 1 .314 .306 .343 .648
    3 Rios, A CWS CF 100 383 61 119 25 5 16 63 18 50 15 5 .311 .345 .527 .872
    4 Pierzynski, A CWS C 84 298 41 85 11 3 17 53 19 46 0 0 .285 .336 .513 .850
    5 De Aza, A CWS CF 98 393 66 112 20 5 6 41 34 79 19 8 .285 .350 .407 .757
    6 Ramirez, A CWS SS 99 382 41 102 15 3 4 48 10 53 14 3 .267 .289 .353 .642
    7 Youkilis, K CWS 3B 29 106 21 27 4 0 6 22 19 23 0 0 .255 .375 .462 .837
    8 Viciedo, D CWS RF 94 326 38 83 10 1 16 50 17 74 0 0 .255 .297 .439 .735
    9 Beckham, G CWS 2B 98 360 45 84 18 0 9 38 23 62 3 2 .233 .285 .358 .644
    10 Dunn, A CWS 1B 101 358 64 76 13 0 31 73 77 150 2 1 .212 .352 .508 .860
    11 Escobar, E CWS SS 36 87 14 18 4 1 0 3 9 23 2 0 .207 .281 .276 .557
    12 Humber, P CWS P 2 5 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 .200 .200 .200 .400
    13 Flowers, T CWS C 33 88 10 16 4 0 2 2 6 39 2 0 .182 .250 .295 .545
    14 Hudson, O CWS 3B 33 101 7 18 3 2 1 11 9 16 1 1 .178 .245 .277 .523
    15 Morel, B CWS 3B 35 113 14 20 2 0 0 5 7 39 4 1 .177 .225 .195 .420
    16 Lillibridge, B CWS RF 49 63 10 11 1 0 0 2 4 26 7 2 .175 .232 .190 .422
    Comments 89 Comments
    1. SpiritofVodkaDave's Avatar
      SpiritofVodkaDave -
      What a ****ty game, ****ing Jeff Gray I hope he is DFA'ed within the hour.
    1. Top Gun's Avatar
      Top Gun -
      Ryan could of had AJ for Butera but couldn't afford it!
    1. NorthwestTwinsFan's Avatar
      NorthwestTwinsFan -
      I'm racking my brain trying to come up with an excuse for why Gray was in the game.....and I got nothing.
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      Quote Originally Posted by snepp View Post
      I believe we concluded on BYTO that it was an "EFF-U" message from Gardy to the front office.
      No. It was so that Gray couldn't gripe about being "undefeated" when he is cut.
    1. Top Gun's Avatar
      Top Gun -
      Vagas bought this game.
    1. Dilligaf69's Avatar
      Dilligaf69 -
      Offense failed them today...ton of men LOB and 2-9 with RISP....It's so frustrating this team can go on a tear offensively for 4 games and then do nothing.
    1. Top Gun's Avatar
      Top Gun -
      It's over with 2 months to go, when does football start? You can shut down the Target now!
    1. one_eyed_jack's Avatar
      one_eyed_jack -
      This loss is so frustrating on so many levels, hard to know where to begin.

      As soon as I saw Gray in the 9th, I knew it was over. The guy is just awful.

      He's surrendered at least 1 run in 5 of his last 6 appearances, in which he's given up a total of 10 ER while only getting 15 outs.

      There seriously isn't anyone better we can't put out there with the game on the line? I know some of the other guys have put in a lot of work lately, but not all of them.

      Burnett pitched each of the last 2 days, but only threw a total of 19 pitches. He couldn't have gone out there for the 9th?
    1. TheLeviathan's Avatar
      TheLeviathan -
      I love Spannzie but good god his ineptitude at swiping bases really limits his value to thhe team. A guy like him has to be able to take second there. Or at least be a legit threat.
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