The last time Twins catcher Ryan Doumit was behind the plate for a start by Samuel Deduno, Doumit talked about the uncertainty with which each of Deduno's pitches approaches the plate.
Deduno's curveball often ends up in the dirt before bouncing into the chest of the catcher. His fastball has good movement on it as well and darts any which way. As a result, Doumit just sets up right behind the plate and lets Deduno's pitches do the work.
Like he had been in his previous seven starts with Minnesota, Deduno was effectively wild in Sunday's series finale against the Mariners, although he was hit with his first loss of the year in a 5-1 Seattle win. Deduno picked up a quality start by allowing just two runs in six innings of work.
During that time, though, he walked six batters while striking out just two.
"Deduno was Deduno," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "A lot of walks, and we were out there a long time playing defense. ... But he didn't break. He bent a little bit, got hims...