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 before his promotion. T...