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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
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.
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.
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.
Posted 15 April 2012 - 02:30 PM
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.
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?