• Series Preview: Twins vs Rangers, 8/23-8/26

    The Twins start a four game road set against the Texas Rangers as they continue their road trip through the American League West. Coming off a series loss at both Oakland and Seattle, the Twins try to get back on track against the Texas Rangers, division leaders of the AL West.

    In game one, the Twins challenge the Rangers with their best pitcher of the season, Scott Diamond. To counter, the Rangers send veteran Roy Oswalt to the mound. Oswalt has scuffled this season while Diamond's groundball rate in homer-happy Arlington should help the Twins in the opening salvo.

    Game 1:
    Scott Diamond

    W L ERA G GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR HB BB IBB SO AVG WHIP GO/AO
    SEASON 10 5 2.95 19 19 1 1 128.0 135 49 42 13 4 18 2 70 .274 1.20 1.82
    MLB Totals 11 10 3.45 26 26 1 1 167.0 186 74 64 16 4 35 5 89 .285 1.32 1.58

    Roy Oswalt

    W L ERA G GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR HB BB IBB SO AVG WHIP GO/AO
    SEASON 4 2 6.04 10 7 0 0 44.2 61 32 30 8 2 9 0 43 .326 1.57 1.21
    MLB Totals 163 95 3.27 349 333 20 8 2198.2 2132 857 799 191 78 509 34 1802 .256 1.20 1.35

    In the second game, enigmatic Samuel Deduno is challenged by the Rangers' Matt Harrison, in the midst of a second fine year for Texas.

    Game 2:
    Samuel Deduno

    W L ERA G GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR HB BB IBB SO AVG WHIP GO/AO
    SEASON 4 1 3.33 8 8 0 0 46.0 37 18 17 4 2 36 0 30 .228 1.59 2.03
    MLB Totals 4 1 3.31 14 8 0 0 51.2 45 20 19 5 2 40 1 37 .241 1.65 2.06

    Matt Harrison

    W L ERA G GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR HB BB IBB SO AVG WHIP GO/AO
    SEASON 14 7 3.19 24 24 3 2 161.0 157 59 57 13 1 46 0 96 .256 1.26 1.39
    MLB Totals 44 26 4.12 118 86 6 4 572.0 598 283 262 57 8 196 6 344 .271 1.39 1.26

    Game three sees Brian Duensing go against newly-acquired Ryan Dempster from the Cubs.

    Game 3:
    Brian Duensing

    W L ERA G GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR HB BB IBB SO AVG WHIP GO/AO
    SEASON 3 8 4.46 42 9 0 0 84.2 97 49 42 8 2 20 2 50 .286 1.38 0.96
    MLB Totals 27 27 4.06 151 59 2 2 461.0 496 230 208 47 9 138 11 296 .276 1.38 1.18

    Ryan Dempster
    W L ERA G GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR HB BB IBB SO AVG WHIP GO/AO
    SEASON 7 6 2.99 20 20 0 0 129.1 109 48 43 14 1 35 0 105 .226 1.11 1.01
    MLB Totals 119 122 4.33 539 314 11 3 2172.0 2131 1130 1045 236 84 975 46 1870 .258 1.43 1.21

    In the final game of the series, struggling Cole De Vries takes on Scott Feldman of the Rangers.

    Game 4:
    Cole De Vries

    W L ERA G GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR HB BB IBB SO AVG WHIP GO/AO
    SEASON 2 5 4.89 14 13 0 0 70.0 75 45 38 16 4 17 0 48 .264 1.31 0.52
    MLB Totals 2 5 4.89 14 13 0 0 70.0 75 45 38 16 4 17 0 48 .264 1.31 0.52

    Scott Feldman

    W L ERA G GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR HB BB IBB SO AVG WHIP GO/AO
    SEASON 6 9 4.77 22 16 0 0 94.1 104 58 50 11 1 23 2 66 .275 1.35 0.88
    MLB Totals 39 42 4.76 197 96 0 0 698.1 744 406 369 79 34 243 12 403 .275 1.41 1.30

    Twins Offense
    RK Player Team Pos G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG OPS
    1 Carson, M MIN RF 4 16 0 7 1 0 0 1 0 3 0 0 .438 .438 .500 .938
    2 Florimon, P MIN SS 6 18 4 6 1 1 0 0 2 5 1 0 .333 .400 .500 .900
    3 Mauer, J MIN C 114 424 67 134 24 1 8 63 68 65 7 3 .316 .410 .434 .844
    4 Revere, B MIN RF 86 362 48 113 12 4 0 25 16 32 29 7 .312 .342 .367 .709
    5 Doumit, R MIN C 104 369 41 107 25 1 14 59 24 73 0 0 .290 .338 .477 .815
    6 Span, D MIN CF 104 421 58 121 31 3 3 34 42 53 12 6 .287 .351 .397 .748
    7 Mastroianni, D MIN LF 57 129 19 36 3 2 3 17 12 29 15 2 .279 .338 .403 .741
    8 Morneau, J MIN 1B 99 385 48 106 25 1 16 59 33 69 1 0 .275 .336 .470 .807
    9 Willingham, J MIN LF 119 430 73 112 25 1 31 91 63 115 2 2 .260 .368 .540 .908
    10 Carroll, J MIN SS 110 378 46 90 14 1 0 32 46 57 6 3 .238 .324 .280 .604
    11 Plouffe, T MIN 3B 83 292 44 69 12 0 19 40 28 64 0 3 .236 .306 .473 .778
    12 Dozier, B MIN SS 84 316 33 74 11 1 6 33 16 58 9 2 .234 .271 .332 .603
    13 Komatsu, E MIN RF 15 32 2 7 0 0 0 1 4 3 0 0 .219 .297 .219 .516
    14 Butera, D MIN C 33 85 5 18 5 0 1 5 5 19 0 0 .212 .264 .306 .570
    15 Casilla, A MIN 2B 85 254 25 53 13 2 1 24 14 49 15 1 .209 .251 .287 .538

    Rangers Offense
    RK Player Team Pos G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG OPS
    1 Lewis, C TEX P 1 4 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 .500 .500 .500 1.000
    1 Ogando, A TEX P 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .500 .500 .500 1.000
    3 Darvish, Y TEX P 1 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .333 .333 .333 .667
    4 Murphy, D TEX LF 109 324 46 102 24 1 11 49 42 54 8 3 .315 .394 .497 .891
    5 Gentry, C TEX CF 97 197 26 61 10 2 1 26 12 29 12 6 .310 .379 .396 .775
    6 Beltre, A TEX 3B 119 463 70 142 24 0 22 73 27 59 1 0 .307 .344 .501 .845
    7 Andrus, E TEX SS 119 477 70 141 27 6 2 49 48 70 19 7 .296 .363 .390 .753
    8 Moreland, M TEX 1B 77 225 31 65 12 0 13 38 18 45 1 1 .289 .340 .516 .856
    9 Hamilton, J TEX LF 115 439 80 125 22 2 34 102 46 118 7 3 .285 .351 .576 .927
    10 Snyder, B TEX 1B 38 64 11 18 2 0 3 9 3 26 0 0 .281 .313 .453 .767
    11 Young, M TEX 1B 120 479 59 130 20 3 4 50 24 54 2 2 .271 .303 .351 .654
    12 Cruz, N TEX RF 121 444 68 119 32 0 19 74 42 112 8 4 .268 .335 .468 .803
    13 Kinsler, I TEX 2B 119 500 83 133 35 3 14 57 46 66 20 8 .266 .336 .432 .768
    14 Feldman, S TEX P 2 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 .250 .250 .250 .500
    15 Gonzalez, A TEX 2B 24 54 7 13 2 1 0 4 0 9 0 0 .241 .241 .315 .556
    16 Soto, G TEX C 16 55 9 13 2 0 2 10 4 19 0 0 .236 .300 .382 .682
    17 Torrealba, Y TEX C 49 161 16 38 8 0 3 12 14 31 1 1 .236 .302 .342 .643
    18 Napoli, M TEX C 92 301 45 67 7 2 17 40 50 108 1 0 .223 .343 .429 .771
    Comments 91 Comments
    1. LimestoneBaggy's Avatar
      LimestoneBaggy -
      Brock, The lead-in picture wins the award for most hilarious pitching face duo.
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Quote Originally Posted by LimestoneBaggy View Post
      Brock, The lead-in picture wins the award for most hilarious pitching face duo.
      Scott Diamond's "OOMPH" face is classic. I stopped trying to find pictures where he wasn't making that face and embraced it.
    1. diehardtwinsfan's Avatar
      diehardtwinsfan -
      Diamond, Deduno, Duensing, and DeVries... All of the filler Ds in one series. This rotation is awful.
    1. Coach J's Avatar
      Coach J -
      What's the over/under for Rangers runs scored this series??



      Quote Originally Posted by diehardtwinsfan View Post
      Diamond, Deduno, Duensing, and DeVries... All of the filler Ds in one series. This rotation is awful.
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Quote Originally Posted by Coach J View Post
      What's the over/under for Rangers runs scored this series??
      180.

      I'm taking the over.
    1. SweetOne69's Avatar
      SweetOne69 -
      What's the over/under for the runs scored by the Twins? I'll take the under @ 8 runs.

      So far on this road trip (6 games) the Twins have scored 15 runs and 7 of those came in 1 game. So far the have scored: 3,2,1,7,1,1
    1. JB_Iowa's Avatar
      JB_Iowa -
      So I see that Span plans to be in the line-up playing CF tonight. Where's the rest of the line-up (don't mean you, Brock -- can't find it on Twitter either).
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Quote Originally Posted by JB_Iowa View Post
      So I see that Span plans to be in the line-up playing CF tonight. Where's the rest of the line-up (don't mean you, Brock -- can't find it on Twitter either).
      The Twins are lagging, as usual. I think Gardy has to be one of the slowest managers in MLB to post a lineup. The Twins almost always post their lineup after the opposing team.
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Span is finally back in the lineup. Given how long it was taking for the Twins to post it, I feared the worst.
    1. diehardtwinsfan's Avatar
      diehardtwinsfan -
      Quote Originally Posted by Brock Beauchamp View Post
      Span is finally back in the lineup. Given how long it was taking for the Twins to post it, I feared the worst.
      I wouldn't call it over yet. He will play one game and then get sat for 2 more before going on the DL with a bruised femur.
    1. Bark's Lounge's Avatar
      Bark's Lounge -
      If the Twins are going to win a game this series - tonight is the night. Oswalt has been awful thus far. Twins plate 11 tonight, led by Morneau's 2HR's and 5 RBI's and Revere going 4 for 6 with 4 runs scored and 2SB's (Fingers Crossed). Final score 11-6 Twins
    1. ofx1's Avatar
      ofx1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by diehardtwinsfan View Post
      Diamond, Deduno, Duensing, and DeVries... All of the filler Ds in one series. This rotation is awful.
      Diamond has a 2.95 ERA over 19 starts. Leave him out of your "awful" opinion and "filler Ds" cuteness.
    1. B Richard's Avatar
      B Richard -
      Our best chance by far comes in game 1
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Quote Originally Posted by B Richard View Post
      Our best chance by far comes in game 1
      Without a doubt. Oswalt has strugggled and if Diamond can keep the ball on the ground, the Twins have a shot tonight.
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Willingham has been scratched, btw. sore neck.
    1. B Richard's Avatar
      B Richard -
      Does anyone here have any good sites for streaming games? I don't have mlb.tv and am habitually frustrated by not being able to watch the Twins
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Quote Originally Posted by B Richard View Post
      Does anyone here have any good sites for streaming games? I don't have mlb.tv and am habitually frustrated by not being able to watch the Twins
      Outside of MLB.tv I've never found a reliable source. I'd suggest subscribing to that service. twenty bucks a month is pretty cheap for ~25 games.
    1. Mahukey's Avatar
      Mahukey -
      darn, I really wanted to see that triple he promised
    1. B Richard's Avatar
      B Richard -
      Quote Originally Posted by Brock Beauchamp View Post
      Outside of MLB.tv I've never found a reliable source. I'd suggest subscribing to that service. twenty bucks a month is pretty cheap for ~25 games.


      Yeah I always watch the free game of the day on mlb.com and the quality is fantastic, if I weren't a broke college kid I would pony up the cash
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      Great start for Diamond.
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