Originally posted on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 8/12/12
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 they were swinging early a...
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