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Game 4 - 4/9/12 - Twins vs Angels - HOME OPENER

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#1 Seth Stohs

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Posted 09 April 2012 - 10:23 AM

Twins Lineup for their Home Opener: Denard Span CF Jamey Carroll SS Joe Mauer 1B Justin Morneau DH Josh Willingham LF Ryan Doumit C Danny Valencia 3B Trevor Plouffe RF Alexi Casilla 2B SP: Nick Blackburn

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Posted 09 April 2012 - 10:29 AM

Small Sample sizes, but Mauer has been terrible against Angels Starter C.J. Wilson and Willingham has been pretty good. I hope it doesn't take them until the 8th inning this time to start scoring runs.

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Posted 09 April 2012 - 10:33 AM

Plouffe 3-4 with a HR.

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Posted 09 April 2012 - 10:33 AM

Beauty of baseball... 5 runs against Arrieta, Hunter, Hammel... Assumption is they won't be able to hit Wilson, Weaver and Haren... But you never know... could score 5-6 a game! Gotta love it!

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Posted 09 April 2012 - 10:44 AM

Anything can happen - this is Wilson's first start of the year, new catcher for him, new team playing defense behind him. Gardy's money quote from the MLB.com game preview talks about how the ball comes out of Blackburn's hand better than anyone on the staff this spring. Go Twins!

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Posted 09 April 2012 - 10:58 AM

Let's not forget, that the Royals took 2 out of 3 at the Angels' home. The Twins should at least keep up pace there :)
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#7 Shane Wahl

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Posted 09 April 2012 - 11:13 AM

3 out of the top 4 hitters lefties against a very good left-handed pitcher. Morneau should be batting 6th (and generally not playing at all against lefties).

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Posted 09 April 2012 - 12:05 PM

[quote name='shanewahl']3 out of the top 4 hitters lefties against a very good left-handed pitcher. Morneau should be batting 6th (and generally not playing at all against lefties).[/QUOTE]

That isnt even close to being true. In 2010, he OPS'ed .950+ against LHP. In 2009, he was close to .850. Obviously throwing 2011 out. If anything, say that he is 2-12 against Wilson (although one of the 2 hits was a HR).

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Posted 09 April 2012 - 12:28 PM

I would have gone with Mauer behind the plate. Scioscia is aggressive on the bases. I also would have benched Doumit for the game for failing to move Willingham over to 3rd base with no outs in the 8th inning yesterday. Burroughs or Hughes could play 1B against the lefty or DH with Morneau at 1B. His head might survive a game in the field. Or maybe this is the perfect lineup for today and I'm just gonna sit back and watch it with full faith.

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Posted 09 April 2012 - 01:58 PM

I'm actually excited to see how Blackburn will fair today. I probably have the most confidence in him over anyone else for the start of this year

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Posted 09 April 2012 - 01:59 PM

Does anyone know what that Video presentation was about????

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Posted 09 April 2012 - 02:10 PM

I would have gone with Mauer behind the plate. Scioscia is aggressive on the bases. I also would have benched Doumit for the game for failing to move Willingham over to 3rd base with no outs in the 8th inning yesterday. Burroughs or Hughes could play 1B against the lefty or DH with Morneau at 1B. His head might survive a game in the field.

Or maybe this is the perfect lineup for today and I'm just gonna sit back and watch it with full faith.


I actually have been pretty impressed with Doumit's arm. We may be surprised with him throwing out runners this year. The rest of his defense has been about as good as I expected...

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Posted 09 April 2012 - 02:12 PM

Poll Question? Could the members of the 2002 team, retired and all, with Radke pitching beat today's team with Blackburn pitching?

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Posted 09 April 2012 - 02:21 PM

Ominous start by Blackburn

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Posted 09 April 2012 - 02:27 PM

Ugh I think I jinxed him

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Posted 09 April 2012 - 02:27 PM

RBI single for Hunter....

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Posted 09 April 2012 - 02:27 PM

Quit walking people!!! Have we walked someone this year, and not seen them come around to score? Just terrible

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Posted 09 April 2012 - 02:30 PM

Quit walking people!!! Have we walked someone this year, and not seen them come around to score? Just terrible


Then people will cry about "Pitch to Contact."

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Posted 09 April 2012 - 02:31 PM

Double for Abreu to bring in another run.. 2-0.. There they go giving up runs early again!

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Posted 09 April 2012 - 02:32 PM

Missing bats is a good way to avoid walks.

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Posted 09 April 2012 - 02:38 PM

Missing bats is a good way to avoid walks.


If that is what you expect from Blackburn you haven't been paying much attention.

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Posted 09 April 2012 - 02:42 PM

If that is what you expect from Blackburn you haven't been paying much attention.


I was not referring to Blackburn.

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Posted 09 April 2012 - 02:46 PM

Poll Question? Could the members of the 2002 team, retired and all, with Radke pitching beat today's team with Blackburn pitching?

I think David Ortiz would have a monster game.

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Posted 09 April 2012 - 03:29 PM

Another lively game thread here...

#25 DrJubal

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Posted 09 April 2012 - 03:29 PM

How long before Willingham claims the cleanup spot?

#26 Mr. Ed

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Posted 09 April 2012 - 03:29 PM

Sano has 2 HRs for Beloit today 3 hits so far this year. Slam 3R HR 2R HR

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Posted 09 April 2012 - 03:29 PM

Homer #2 for Willingham!

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Posted 09 April 2012 - 03:30 PM

Nice bomb there by Willingham. Target Field and cold weather seem fine with him!

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Posted 09 April 2012 - 03:38 PM

nice quick inning from Blackburn - that's good news for him

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Posted 09 April 2012 - 03:46 PM

What is the score? Yahoo says that Carroll scored on a wild pitch in the 3rd, meaning it's 2-2, but no one else agrees.