Friday, July 25, 2008

New Series, New Life

The great thing about baseball is that you start over every day. I mean, you have a running record and accumulating stats, but you get a clean slate... every batter starts out 0-0, every pitcher starts out with 0 balls and 0 strikes thrown. 

And a clean slate is exactly what the Twins need after getting pounded in New York and losing a 1-0 heartbreaker this past Sunday to the Rangers. 

Tonight, Minnesota faces Cliff Lee (13-2, 2.29 ERA), then Fausto Carmona (4-2, 3.10 ERA) Saturday - his first start coming off the DL - and Jeremy Sowers (1-5, 7.33 ERA) on Sunday. After that, we start a pretty important four-game set vs. the White Sox, but let's not get too far ahead of ourselves here. The Twins toss out Hernandez (10-6, 5.29 ERA) tonight, Baker (6-3, 3.26 ERA) tomorrow and Blackburn (7-6, 3.83 ERA) Sunday, assuming no minor-league call-ups occur. The team flipped Baker and Hernandez in the rotation, giving Livan and Scotty B. an extra day of rest. 

No real news from the "big club" yesterday, aside from the fact that a Francisco Liriano sighting is imminent. 

It's also been stated by ESPN's Jayson Stark that the Twins are, in fact, still looking for a third baseman. 

Minor League Notes: 
  • Kevin Mulvey pitched five solid innings for the Rochester Red Wings (AAA) last night and earned his fourth win of the season. Mulvey, however, has had a bit of an up-and-down season, but has maintained a stable 3.87 ERA on the year. 
  • Prize acquisition (from the Santana Trade) Deolis Guerra (10-5, 4.56 ERA) continues to teeter between mediocrity and disaster in A+ ball at Fort Myers this season as he gave up four runs in five innings last night. In his past four starts, Guerra has struggled to a 5.48 ERA and 1.406 WHIP. He's not been terrible, but certainly could use more time at this level. 
  • In all the commotion to pick up a higher-level third baseman, 3B prospects Luke Hughes (AA) and Daniel Valencia (AA) continue to play well. Valencia smoked his first home run as a Rock Cat last night (2-for-2), while Hughes went 2-for-4 to raise his average to .318 on the year.  
That's all for now... Thanks for reading!

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