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  • 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. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      Quote Originally Posted by snepp View Post
      Remember when it was 4-4?
      Good times, those were. Good times.
    1. Top Gun's Avatar
      Top Gun -
      Joe Nate time!
    1. TheLeviathan's Avatar
      TheLeviathan -
      Quote Originally Posted by wavedog View Post
      Falling apart - can't hit, pitch or field - other than that good game. I am about to give up on Plouffe at third - he can't field.
      Too soon. Just like it is too soon to rush to the "Plouffe is our starter at third now for the next decade", it's too soon to judge based on the last dozen games.

      But frankly, his herculian power surge was always most likely to be a fluke - we can hope though.
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Look at that box score and soak it in, folks... Jeff Gray was the pitcher of the night for the Twins.
    1. diehardtwinsfan's Avatar
      diehardtwinsfan -
      Just my two cents, but I'm trying to figure out exactly why Oswalt would want to hit Mauer in that situation. It isn't as though he was retaliating against something.

      That said, I don't have a problem throwing at someone, but I have a huge issue with throwing at someone's head where you have a potential career ending or life threatening injury. If you are going to do it intentionally, put it right on his thigh which will leave a nice bruise and slow him down for a game or two, but at the head is classless and should warrant a rather long suspension.
    1. IdahoPilgrim's Avatar
      IdahoPilgrim -
      Quote Originally Posted by diehardtwinsfan View Post
      Just my two cents, but I'm trying to figure out exactly why Oswalt would want to hit Mauer in that situation. It isn't as though he was retaliating against something.

      That said, I don't have a problem throwing at someone, but I have a huge issue with throwing at someone's head where you have a potential career ending or life threatening injury. If you are going to do it intentionally, put it right on his thigh which will leave a nice bruise and slow him down for a game or two, but at the head is classless and should warrant a rather long suspension.
      Mauer had doubled in the first Twins run in the first inning, and the Twins had just tied the game on a Texas error (Oswalt probably frustrated at that). Runner in scoring position with one out, best player up with a possible rally. That's why Oswalt threw at him. And it worked - they got out of the inning with no more damage.
    1. powrwrap's Avatar
      powrwrap -
      Quote Originally Posted by sbknudson View Post
      Be patient. This is a four-game series. Guarantee he gets nailed before they finish up Sunday.
      The Twins should have pitched to Hamilton normally on his next immediate at bat and then plunked him in his successive at bat.
    1. wavedog's Avatar
      wavedog -
      Plouffe's display of defense in the 8th inning was close to Little League quality. I read where Gardy was on him to be more ready to react when the ball was hit and he looked a little slow on the first 2 hit to him in the inning so that worries me. Granted they were rocket shots - not exactly dribblers but it looked like he could have done better on the 2nd one which he correctly got charged for an error on. The 3rd miscue was moving back on the grounder which resulted in a late throw to first base. 4th was fielding the grounder and then running late to the 3rd base bag before throwing to first where he did make that throw in time. It was getting painfully embarrasing to watch. Perhaps these are all correctable - I don't know if we have an infielder instructor - I know Plouffe has moved around to many positions but he needs to gain some confidence.


      In regards to the hit batsmen, Oswalt's control looked pretty good last night except for that pitch to Mauer. At 3-0 you usually look to groove one down the middle so I am pretty sure that was on purpose - why? who knows. The moral of the story with the current rules is make sure you are the first pitcher doing the hitting in the game. Interesting to see if Diamond gets suspended for this, if so it would seem Oswalt should also get the same suspension.
    1. powrwrap's Avatar
      powrwrap -
      Quote Originally Posted by wavedog View Post
      Plouffe's display of defense in the 8th inning was close to Little League quality. I read where Gardy was on him to be more ready to react when the ball was hit and he looked a little slow on the first 2 hit to him in the inning so that worries me. Granted they were rocket shots - not exactly dribblers but it looked like he could have done better on the 2nd one which he correctly got charged for an error on. The 3rd miscue was moving back on the grounder which resulted in a late throw to first base. 4th was fielding the grounder and then running late to the 3rd base bag before throwing to first where he did make that throw in time. It was getting painfully embarrasing to watch.
      Yep, on the 3rd one you mentioned Plouffe should have charged the ball and stepped on 3rd rather than try to throw out Andrus. Apparently he realized his mistake and tried to do that on the 4th play you mentioned but figured he'd never get there in time so threw to Morneau at 1st base.
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      I'm not going to fault Plouffe for screwing up at third. He hasn't had much time there and third base is probably the most unique position on the field outside of catcher. It's all about reaction time and that takes some adjustment.
    1. Mauerzy4Prez's Avatar
      Mauerzy4Prez -
      Quote Originally Posted by diehardtwinsfan View Post
      Just my two cents, but I'm trying to figure out exactly why Oswalt would want to hit Mauer in that situation. It isn't as though he was retaliating against something.

      That said, I don't have a problem throwing at someone, but I have a huge issue with throwing at someone's head where you have a potential career ending or life threatening injury. If you are going to do it intentionally, put it right on his thigh which will leave a nice bruise and slow him down for a game or two, but at the head is classless and should warrant a rather long suspension.
      While I agree with you that throwing at a players head is ridiculous, and should never be done intentionally. I highly doubt that Diamond was looking to hit Hamilton in the head. We all have said he should have gone for his thigh, or back, or ribs, etc.... and I honestly think that is where he was aiming. But to try and target a spot on a batter and hit him is extremely difficult to do. No matter who is throwing the ball. Not to mention that Hamilton totally knew a ball was coming right at him, and leaned forward to avoid being hit. Which IMO, is why it looked as if the ball was going for his head. If he stand there and takes it like a man, he gets hit in the upper right arm or roughly the same place Mauer did.
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