Found August 12, 2012 on Fox Sports North:
MINNEAPOLIS After facing just three batters Saturday night, it appeared highly unlikely that Twins starter Nick Blackburn would pitch deep into the game against Tampa Bay.But unlike starter Cole De Vries the night before, Blackburn was able to make adjustments after his three-run first inning. The Twins right-hander settled down and pitched into the seventh inning. He exited the inning after facing two batters without recording an out in the frame, but was bailed out by the bullpen.When all was said and done, Blackburn went six-plus innings, allowing four runs on 11 hits in the Twins' 4-2 loss to left-hander David Price and the Rays. Blackburn's final line wasn't pretty by any means. Considering he allowed two home runs within his first seven pitches, however, things could have been much worse."A night kind of like last night, they jumped us in the first inning," said Twins manager Ron Gardenhire. "After that, Blackie settled in nice, but the first inning...

Capps may begin throwing again soon

MINNEAPOLIS Twins closer Matt Capps hasn't pitched since July 16 due to irritation in his right rotator cuff, but he could start throwing again Wednesday. Capps is scheduled to have an MRI on Monday, and if all goes well, he'll pick up a ball again a few days later. Capps is currently on the DL for the second time this year, as he also missed time at the end of June and...

500 wins? 110 shutouts? Never again

MINNEAPOLIS Earlier this season, we asked the Minnesota Twins hitters which of baseball's records they felt were the most unbreakable. The two clear-cut answers were Cal Ripken, Jr.'s consecutive games streak of 2,632 and Joe DiMaggio's 56-game hitting streak.This time around, Minnesota's pitchers were polled on which pitching record they believe will be the toughest...

Dozier's 10th-inning decision proves costly

MINNEAPOLIS A lot went through Twins shortstop Brian Dozier's mind as he fielded a slow roller off the bat of Rays third baseman Jeff Keppinger in the 10th inning Sunday. With the bases loaded and one out, Dozier had options -- and a choice to make. He could have tried for the force out at home for the second out with speedy Desmond Jennings at third. He could have tried to...

Twins CF Span leaves game with sore shoulder

Minnesota Twins center fielder Denard Span has left Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Rays in the top of the seventh inning because of right shoulder pain. The Twins say he will have a precautionary X-ray. Span made a diving attempt at Jeff Keppinger's line drive with two outs in the top of the sixth inning, driving his shoulder into the ground after missing the ball...

Twins' Nishioka seeks fresh start in majors

MINNEAPOLIS Tsuyoshi Nishioka surely hoped he would make a better return to Target Field than this. But Minnesota's infielder will make his season debut in the Twins' home park after what was a series to forget in Cleveland.Nishioka was charged with three errors and had several other miscues in the field during Minnesota's three-game series against the Indians. He also...

Twins look to Diamond for stronger start

James Shields might not be having the stellar season his Tampa Bay teammate David Price is enjoying, but the right-hander has pitched like an All-Star of late. After Price became the majors' third 15-game winner, Shields goes for a third consecutive winning start Sunday when the visiting Rays try to match a season high with a sixth straight victory and complete a sweep of the...

Plouffe almost ready to return to Twins

The Twins hope they're close to regaining the services of third baseman Trevor Plouffe, who was sent out on a rehab assignment with Class AAA Rochester after the team's 12-6 loss to Tampa Bay on Friday.Plouffe hasn't played since suffering nerve damage in his thumb while batting in a 2-1 victory at Kansas City on July 20. "The last couple days, we've been...

Links of the Day 8/12/12

Wow. Late links. Sorry. If you want to do some NBA style shopping…. Subway is contributing to the obesity problem in Buffalo. Why has Scott Diamond been a success? SCOREBOARD MLB (Saturday) Oakland 9, Chicago 7 – Again. Playoff preview. Tampa Bay 4, Minnesota 2 – Crap. (Sunday) Chicago 7, Oakland 3 – I’m having a tough time finding something to say about this game Tampa...
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