GameChat – Tigers @ Twins, 7:10 pm

The bad news is that the Twins just got swept in a 3 game home series with the Rays. The good news is that they get to start a series against a Central Division team. On top of that, they won’t even face Justin Verlander in this series.

also – Trevor Plouffe is back and the Twins optioned Nishi back down to Rochester. No, he has not been DFA’d.. yet… one wonders how long they have him taking a bench spot either there or here. – CB



Jackson, A, CF Revere, CF
Dirks, LF Mastroianni, RF
Cabrera, Mi, 3B Mauer, 1B
Fielder, 1B Willingham, LF
Avila, C Morneau, DH
Young, D, DH Doumit, C
Boesch, RF Plouffe, 3B
Peralta, Jh, SS Carroll, SS
Infante, 2B Casilla, A, 2B
  _Sanchez, An, P   _Deduno, P
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Detroit 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 3 6 0
Minnesota 0 0 1 0 1 3 3 1 x 9 18 0

What’d I say? It only takes getting back to the Central Division in order to turn the Twins’ fortunes around.

It’s been a rare occasion when the hitting, defense, starting pitching and bullpen all come together, but this was one of those nights.

Four different hitters had three hits a piece and a couple more added a pair of hits, contributing to the Twins’ 18 hit attack. Jeff Gray finished the game off with 1 1/3 perfect innings, including a game-finishing strikeout.

But the consensus co-BODs of the night were starting pitcher Sam Deduno, who upped his record to 4-0, and outfielder Darin Mastroiani, who had a home run among his three hits and added 3 RBI. That’s a combination of pitching and hitting we’d like to see a bit more of!

Sam Deduno (Photo: Ed Zurga/Getty Images)
Darin Mastroianni (Photo: CapitalBabs)