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Starting pitching has easily been the most inconsistent aspect for the Minnesota Twins in the first half of the 2012 season. For proof, look no further than Saturday's game against the Texas Rangers.
Right-hander Samuel Deduno, who made his Twins debut Saturday, became Minnesota's 11th starting pitcher in 84 games this year.
Deduno was called up from Triple-A Rochester earlier this week when the Twins sent struggling right-hander Nick Blackburn down to the minors. In 13 starts, second-most among all Minnesota pitchers this season, Blackburn was 4-5 with an 8.10 ERA.
Saturday marked Deduno's first career major league start, but not his MLB debut -- he previously pitched in six total games with Colorado and San Diego over the past two seasons. Deduno exited Saturday's game after 5-13 innings and did not earn a decision in the Rangers' 4-3, 10-inning victory in Arlington.
The 29-year-old Deduno was 1-2 with a 2.14 ERA in nine starts for Rochester this season bef...
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Minnesota Twins shortstop Brian Dozier lost track of the number of outs and got himself doubled off first base during Saturday's game in Arlington against the Texas Rangers. Your browser does not support iframes. In the top of the second with one out and Dozier on first, Twins batter Jamey Carroll flied out to Rangers center fielder Craig Gentry. However, since Dozier ran...
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A potentially scary scene turned comical Sunday at the Ballpark in Arlington as the Minnesota Twins and Texas Rangers completed their three-game series.
With one out in the top of the fourth inning of a scoreless game, lightning struck near the Rangers' park and was quickly followed by a loud clap of thunder. The noise was so loud that it caused a delay in the action. Twins...
By the time Sunday's 13-inning game between the Twins and Rangers was over, Cole De Vries' impressive start was all but forgotten. Still, that doesn't take away from the outing the right-hander put together for Minnesota.In just his fifth career major league start, De Vries delivered his best outing as a Twin. The Eden Prairie, Minn., native and former Golden Gopher held...
Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau drove in two runs each, Francisco Liriano pitched around six walks and the Minnesota Twins handed the Texas Rangers their season-high fifth straight loss with a 5-1 win Friday night.
Liriano (3-7) allowed five hits and one run with six strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings, and the Rangers scored two runs or fewer for the fourth time in five games.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau drove in two runs each, Francisco Liriano pitched around six walks and the Minnesota Twins handed the Texas Rangers their season-high fifth straight loss with a 5-1 win Friday night.
Liriano (3-7) allowed five hits and one run with six strikeouts in 6 23 innings, and the Rangers scored two runs or fewer for the fourth time in...
Minnesota used six pitchers to again subdue the Texas Rangers' offense for nine innings Saturday night.
Unfortunately for the Twins, they couldn't do it in extra innings.
Nelson Cruz hit an RBI double off reliever Kyle Waldrop (0-1) in the 10th inning that scored Adrian Beltre to lead the Rangers to a 4-3 victory that snapped their five-game losing streak.
By JEFF MEZYDLO,
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