• Twins vs Red Sox, 08-03-2012, 6:10pm

    Sam Deduno was effectively wild again last night, holding the Red Sox to only two hits in six innings as the Twins rolled over the Red Sox 5-0. Don't look now but the Twins pitching has slowly started to look respectable. Since the All-Star break, the Twins have posted a 4.65 ERA, good for 21st in baseball and 8th in the American League. Certainly not something you're going to brag about back home but it's several notches better than the season-long 29th place position they're been sitting in for most of the season.

    Tonight, the Twins turn to Brian Duensing for another spot start. Against him goes Felix Doubront, a young lefty for the Sox. What to expect from Duensing? He had a great outing against the White Sox in a spot start for the traded Liriano but prior to that, he struggling quite a bit. It will be interesting to see how the Sox counter Duensing's ability to get out lefty batters. Join the Twins Daily discussion and let us know what you think!

    Brian Duensing

    W L ERA G GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR HB BB IBB SO AVG WHIP GO/AO
    SEASON 2 6 4.53 38 5 0 0 59.2 63 31 30 6 2 16 2 33 .272 1.32 0.86
    MLB Totals 26 25 4.05 147 55 2 2 436.0 462 212 196 45 9 134 11 279 .273 1.37 1.17

    Felix Doubront

    W L ERA G GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR HB BB IBB SO AVG WHIP GO/AO
    SEASON 10 5 4.37 20 20 0 0 113.1 113 62 55 17 4 46 0 113 .257 1.40 1.02
    MLB Totals 12 7 4.48 43 23 0 0 148.2 152 85 74 21 5 64 0 142 .263 1.45 1.01

    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 96 355 59 114 21 1 6 50 57 55 5 2 .321 .414 .437 .851
    2 Revere, B MIN RF 70 289 37 92 12 3 0 21 14 24 25 5 .318 .352 .381 .732
    3 Span, D MIN CF 97 389 52 115 28 2 3 34 39 50 12 6 .296 .359 .401 .760
    4 Doumit, R MIN C 87 305 33 87 21 1 10 50 23 65 0 0 .285 .337 .459 .796
    5 Willingham, J MIN LF 101 365 62 97 22 1 27 79 56 98 2 1 .266 .378 .553 .931
    6 Mastroianni, D MIN LF 42 84 12 22 1 2 2 9 11 17 12 2 .262 .347 .393 .740
    7 Morneau, J MIN 1B 82 319 39 83 20 1 13 47 27 61 1 0 .260 .322 .451 .773
    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 75 283 30 69 10 1 5 30 12 51 9 2 .244 .275 .339 .614
    10 Carroll, J MIN SS 95 325 38 76 12 1 0 30 38 48 6 3 .234 .318 .277 .595
    11 Casilla, A MIN 2B 74 215 21 48 11 2 0 20 10 40 13 1 .223 .259 .293 .552
    12 Komatsu, E MIN RF 15 32 2 7 0 0 0 1 4 3 0 0 .219 .297 .219 .516
    13 Butera, D MIN C 29 78 5 17 5 0 1 4 5 18 0 0 .218 .274 .321 .594
    14 Valencia, D MIN 3B 33 122 13 25 6 1 2 16 3 29 0 1 .205 .220 .320 .540
    15 Parmelee, C MIN 1B 40 108 10 22 5 1 2 6 9 28 0 0 .204 .283 .324 .607

    Red Sox Offense
    RK Player Team Pos G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG OPS
    1 Morales, F BOS P 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .500 .500 .500 1.000
    2 Podsednik, S BOS CF 19 62 9 24 3 0 1 7 2 9 6 1 .387 .409 .484 .893
    3 Ciriaco, P BOS SS 22 76 9 25 3 2 0 10 1 14 6 0 .329 .338 .421 .759
    4 Ortiz, D BOS DH 89 320 65 101 25 0 23 58 56 49 0 1 .316 .414 .609 1.024
    5 Gonzalez, A BOS 1B 104 407 53 123 29 0 10 62 26 70 0 0 .302 .345 .447 .793
    6 Gomez, M BOS 1B 9 30 2 9 3 0 0 3 1 7 0 0 .300 .323 .400 .723
    7 Middlebrooks, W BOS 3B 67 243 32 72 14 0 13 48 10 63 3 1 .296 .326 .514 .840
    8 Byrd, M BOS CF 34 100 9 27 2 0 1 7 2 21 0 2 .270 .286 .320 .606
    9 Pedroia, D BOS 2B 88 358 49 94 19 2 9 39 28 43 6 4 .263 .318 .402 .720
    10 Ross, C BOS LF 76 267 47 70 18 1 16 51 29 71 1 1 .262 .336 .517 .852
    11 Ellsbury, J BOS CF 26 103 15 27 7 0 1 6 10 11 3 0 .262 .327 .359 .687
    12 Sweeney, R BOS RF 63 204 22 53 19 2 0 16 12 43 0 0 .260 .303 .373 .675
    13 Shoppach, K BOS C 43 120 16 31 11 2 5 15 11 51 1 0 .258 .346 .508 .854
    14 Aviles, M BOS SS 98 377 42 95 24 0 10 51 13 59 10 4 .252 .275 .395 .670
    15 Nava, D BOS LF 65 199 32 50 17 0 4 27 32 42 3 0 .251 .373 .397 .770
    16 Youkilis, K BOS 3B 42 146 25 34 7 1 4 14 14 39 0 0 .233 .315 .377 .692
    17 Saltalamacchia, J BOS C 83 275 41 64 14 0 20 46 21 92 0 1 .233 .288 .502 .789
    Comments 75 Comments
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      TWINS (45-60)
      1. Denard Span, CF
      2. Ben Revere, RF
      3. Joe Mauer, C
      4. Josh Willingham, DH
      5. Justin Morneau, 1B
      6. Danny Valencia, 3B
      7. Darin Mastroianni, LF
      8. Brian Dozier, SS
      9. Jamey Carroll, 2B

      Starting pitcher: LH Brian Duensing (2-6, 4.53 ERA)

      RED SOX (53-53)
      1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
      2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
      3. Cody Ross, RF
      4. Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
      5. Ryan Lavarnway, DH
      6. Will Middlebrooks, 3B
      7. Carl Crawford, LF
      8. Kelly Shoppach, C
      9. Mike Aviles, SS

      Starting pitcher: LH Felix Doubront (10-5, 4.37 ERA)
    1. NorthwestTwinsFan's Avatar
      NorthwestTwinsFan -
      And the Twins run themselves out of a great scoring opportunity. Unbelievable.
    1. DPJ's Avatar
      DPJ -
      Lets steal with the teams best hitter at the plate...not top managing.
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      Jeebus, how slow is Mauer? He's not being held and he gets thrown out by that much?
    1. IdahoPilgrim's Avatar
      IdahoPilgrim -
      Quote Originally Posted by NorthwestTwinsFan View Post
      And the Twins run themselves out of a great scoring opportunity. Unbelievable.
      Given the number of times they've done it this year, how can it be unbelievable? I find it very believable.
    1. NorthwestTwinsFan's Avatar
      NorthwestTwinsFan -
      Man, what an awesome job by Duensing to get out of that jam.
    1. NorthwestTwinsFan's Avatar
      NorthwestTwinsFan -
      Morneau's recent turnaround against lefties has been pretty incredible. Hopefully he keeps it up.
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      /crickets/
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      I just don't see Duensing as a starter. RH hitters just give him too much trouble.
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      Ouch.
    1. kydoty's Avatar
      kydoty -
      I said "It'll be 3-1 after that." I wish I was right.
    1. TheLeviathan's Avatar
      TheLeviathan -
      So Duensing can't get out righties because he has a legit excuse being flip-flopped between the bullpen and the rotation according to Bert. But he crucified Slowey for saying it was messing with him?
    1. mikeee's Avatar
      mikeee -
      Guessing the fans aren't booing Crawford tonight....
    1. GCTF's Avatar
      GCTF -
      Quote Originally Posted by USAFChief View Post
      I just don't see Duensing as a starter. RH hitters just give him too much trouble.
      At least he can lefties out, though he shouldn't have had to face that lefty.
    1. NorthwestTwinsFan's Avatar
      NorthwestTwinsFan -
      Duensing should probably be moved back to the bullpen. Well, for a couple weeks at least until they think he's ready to be a starter again.
    1. JB_Iowa's Avatar
      JB_Iowa -
      Bert: If, if, if, if, if
    1. kydoty's Avatar
      kydoty -
      C'mon, if Jhonny Peralta can get three bases on the same interfence situation, Revere can at least get 3rd base.
    1. mikeee's Avatar
      mikeee -
      lil sumthin cookin now!
    1. mikeee's Avatar
      mikeee -
      the hammer is due...
    1. IdahoPilgrim's Avatar
      IdahoPilgrim -
      OK, Danny, you wanted a chance to earn your way back? This is it. All we need is a long fly ball and we're tied.
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