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Game 9 - Twins vs Rangers - 4/15/12

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#1 Seth Stohs

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 11:34 AM

Sunday afternoon lineup: Rangers Lineup: Ian Kinsler 2B Elvis Andrus SS Josh Hamilton CF Adrian Beltre 3B Michael Young DH Nelson Cruz RF David Murphy LF Mike Napoli 1B Yorvit Torrealba C SP: Neftali Feliz Twins Lineup: Denard Span CF Jamey Carroll SS Joe Mauer C Justin Morneau DH Josh Willingham LF Chris Parmelee 1B Danny Valencia 3B Clete Thomas RF Alexi Casilla 2B SP: Liam Hendriks

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 11:40 AM

Sure glad we acquired the game changer Clete Thomas! Revere was thrown away by this team and for what another Plouffe. Thomas is not even as good as Plouffe. Joke....

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 11:54 AM

I'd say Thomas is quite a bit better than Plouffe. I haven't seen him much, but he couldn't be too much worse in right field. And, come on, Revere is 23, there's no reason he should have to fight to get 2 starts a week at the major league level. You'll see him soon enough, what's your rush? Grabbing Thomas, assuming he as advertised, was a really smart move, the Twins needed a good-defense 4th outfielder.

#4 Seth Stohs

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 12:26 PM

Great first inning for Hendriks. Even the single to Hamilton was a terrific 2-0 pitch at the knees and sinking.

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 12:30 PM

listening on the radio - funny anecdote from Gladden about Kent Hrbek referring to foul balls into the dugout as "Ugly Finders" - specifically that the foul balls would hopefully hit the tough lefties that Hrbek didn't like to hit against. This came up because Tigers lefty starter Wilk was knocked out of the game yesterday by his teammates' foul ball (Prince Fielder) into the dugout.

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 12:39 PM

Corey never seems to quite know how to handle Gladden. Can't say I blame him.

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 12:46 PM

Can we blame the lack of offense on the rain if we don't score today?

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 12:52 PM

Can we blame the lack of offense on the rain if we don't score today?

If it makes you feel better, I say go for it.

The sun is out here in southern MN.

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 12:58 PM

yes, definitely the rain.

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 01:03 PM

On a positive note, Liam seems to be handling this line up pretty well. If you throw out Liriano's stats, the starting pitching hasn't been that bad.

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 01:11 PM

Jason Repko is playing CF for the Red Sox today....

#12 Seth Stohs

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 01:35 PM

Hendriks threw his first 'spinner' of the game and Mike Napoli took advantage. Other than that pitch, Hendriks has looked terrific through 5. Neftali Feliz is tough. Makes throwing 95 look effortless. Slider at 89. Very good changeup. I'm impressed. Morneau has crushed the ball twice off of him. Unfortunately one was foul, and the other was a perfectly place double play ball.

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 01:37 PM

Clete Thomas: Game changer!

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 01:39 PM

Sure glad we acquired the game changer Clete Thomas! Revere was thrown away by this team and for what another Plouffe. Thomas is not even as good as Plouffe. Joke....



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Posted 15 April 2012 - 01:44 PM

Can Gardy please bench Valencia. Sick of seeing him swinging for the fence.

#16 Seth Stohs

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 01:56 PM

Clete on offense... Clete on Defense... Liam's made one bad pitch. Great play at the plate. Michael Young can hit any pitch. What a game, and there's still 3 innings to go!!

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 01:59 PM

Clete on offense... Clete on Defense...


The Game Changer!

#18 Kirby_waved_at_me

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 02:09 PM

Probably the best start this year by a Twins' pitcher, right?

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 02:16 PM

Probably the best start this year by a Twins' pitcher, right?


No question!

And nice work in the 7th by Jared Burton!

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 02:23 PM

That hit and run attempt was UGLY. =D

#21 Vegeta

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 02:27 PM

Valencia shouldn't have stopped. Once you take off you gotta keep going, pitch out or not. You stop and your done everytime

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 02:28 PM

Perkins is coming off a shaky outing. I hope the results are better today.

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 02:30 PM

No question!

And nice work in the 7th by Jared Burton!


I think Burton and Maloney will be very good in middle innings and setup roles. Maloney has always been a starter so I wonder if he'll be considered if the plague of injuries continues for the rotation.

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 02:30 PM

oof. Tough break for Hendriks

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 02:30 PM

And a brilliant outing by Perkins

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 02:31 PM

Perkins is coming off a shaky outing. I hope the results are better today.


I guess not.

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 02:32 PM

Man Texas sure has Perkins' number. Wonder what his deal is the last couple of days?

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 02:34 PM

Man Texas sure has Perkins' number. Wonder what his deal is the last couple of days?


He had a career year last year. That's all.

Edited by ashburyjohn, 15 April 2012 - 02:37 PM.


#29 Seth Stohs

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 02:37 PM

I posted on Twitter that the Rangers have been so aggressive against Twins pitchers with the exception of Perkins. They lay off the fastball just above the belt and don't swing at the slider. Gotta wonder if Perkins gives something to indicate what pitch is coming?

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 02:37 PM

And here is our 2012 bullpen. Though I blame Gardy too: why not leave Burton in to face two RH batters and then bring in Perkins to face Hamilton. Rangers are RH heavy and kill LH pitching.
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