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Kansas City @ Minnesota - July 1, 2014 - GAME THREAD!

Posted: 7/1/2014 6:57 PM

Kansas City @ Minnesota - July 1, 2014 - GAME THREAD! 


Starting Lineup: Kansas City at Minnesota

Kansas City
PosPlayerHRRBIAVG
CF Cain, Lorenzo 3 35 .315
1B Hosmer, Eric 4 35 .246
DH Butler, Billy 2 34 .273
LF Gordon, Alex 9 42 .273
C Perez, Salvador 10 29 .287
RF Ibanez, Raul 3 21 .157
2B Infante, Omar 5 41 .251
3B Moustakas, Mike 8 29 .184
SS Escobar, Alcides 2 28 .295
P Shields, James (8-3, 3.79)
Minnesota
PosPlayerHRRBIAVG
SS Nunez, Eduardo 2 12 .301
1B Mauer, Joe 2 26 .270
LF Parmelee, Chris 4 9 .273
DH Morales, Kendrys 1 9 .215
3B Plouffe, Trevor 5 38 .241
RF Arcia, Oswaldo 5 16 .206
C Suzuki, Kurt 2 32 .299
2B Escobar, Eduardo 2 17 .274
CF Fuld, Sam 1 11 .213
P Nolasco, Ricky (4-6, 5.74)
HP Umpire: Pat Hoberg
1B Umpire: Jeff Kellogg
2B Umpire: Brian O`Nora
3B Umpire: Cory Blaser
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Posted: 7/1/2014 7:15 PM

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Most notable thing about this lineup is the absence of Brian Dozier.  (Unlike a lot of folks I guess), Gardy noticed what went on in that 8th inning last night and thought it'd be time to shut him down for a day.

The time is now:  Nolasco needs to start proving his value to this team.
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Posted: 7/1/2014 7:30 PM

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Both Willingham and Dozier have good numbers vs Shields. Maybe not the best game to sit them.

Royals better hope nobody hits a ball to RF. Shields has been sucking for a while.
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Posted: 7/1/2014 8:16 PM

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If there's one thing the twins do well it's collecting soft runs
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Posted: 7/1/2014 8:19 PM

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2-1 Twins as a result of a flukey error by Alex Gordon followed by a seeing eye single by Morales.

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Posted: 7/1/2014 8:52 PM

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TheRealElGuapo wrote: If there's one thing the twins do well it's collecting soft runs
Agreed. 
 
I was glad Mauer finally hit a fastball hard, crushing one into the corner, so we could feel like we deserved those runs.

Twins up 5-1 - let's see how Nolasco handles himself.
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Posted: 7/1/2014 8:54 PM

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And of course, Mauer hurts himself rolleyes.
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Posted: 7/1/2014 9:04 PM

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Posted: 7/1/2014 9:05 PM

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Strained oblique. Not good.
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Posted: 7/1/2014 9:07 PM

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TheRealElGuapo wrote: Both Willingham and Dozier have good numbers vs Shields. Maybe not the best game to sit them.

Royals better hope nobody hits a ball to RF. Shields has been sucking for a while.
My eyebrows definitely went up a bit when I saw Ibanez's name in RF (and yeah, to see Gardy's omissions from the lineup card were also a bit surprising. 

Suzuki with some heady base-running, testing out that 42 year old arm and got rewarded with 3rd. 

Twins seems to somehow do ok versus Shields, not sure what it is.
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Posted: 7/1/2014 9:18 PM

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brian450 wrote:

Twins seems to somehow do ok versus Shields, not sure what it is.
I do.  He's not a junk-throwing lefty, so they are able to hit him.

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Posted: 7/1/2014 9:21 PM

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Ibanez hit 29 HR last year with about a 490 SLG at age 41. Only has 3'this year. The royals don't really have a place for him to play and they put a premium on defense so it's hard to see him getting ABs.

Didn't Nolasco used to throw a bit harder? The league is hitting 320 off his fastball.
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Posted: 7/1/2014 9:25 PM

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TwinsFaninVT wrote:
brian450 wrote:

Twins seems to somehow do ok versus Shields, not sure what it is.
I do.  He's not a junk-throwing lefty, so they are able to hit him.
lol - I'm assuming you're referring to Bruce Chen (and not Danny Duffy).
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Posted: 7/1/2014 9:31 PM

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TheRealElGuapo wrote:

Didn't Nolasco used to throw a bit harder? The league is hitting 320 off his fastball.
I was thinking the same thing.  He also seems to have lost a lot of confidence in throwing it, heavily relying on his breaking pitches.  He'll have to establish that fastball to be successful.
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Posted: 7/1/2014 10:25 PM

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Sure hope Joe M isn't going to be out long...that means another REd Wing will go up. I'm guessing Hermann again. Problem is that leaves Rochester with one catcher. Not sure they would want to recall Colabello yet...but they might have to. Twins comfortably ahead. (of course I said the same thing this afternoon when Rochester went up 13-2)
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Posted: 7/1/2014 10:39 PM

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Nice to see our one of our old friends (Danny Valencia) hitting the ball nicely (in a game that cannot be won vs us).
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Posted: 7/2/2014 12:01 AM

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Nice to see our one of our old friends (Danny Valencia) hitting the ball nicely (in a game that cannot be won vs us).

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Valencia is money against lefties. They had given him 3b full time when moose went down to AAA, but then Danny got hurt. He's a nice part time piece.
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Posted: 7/2/2014 12:06 AM

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Thought Nolasco located really well tonight. Man what's up with Parmalee? Maybe he's finally figured it out.
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Posted: 7/2/2014 7:12 AM

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he, like so many others is a total streak hitter. He will be on fire for a few weeks and then disappear for a month. Would be nice if one of these 'streakers' would just smooth out.
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Posted: 7/2/2014 8:29 AM

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brian450 wrote:
TwinsFaninVT wrote:
brian450 wrote:

Twins seems to somehow do ok versus Shields, not sure what it is.
I do.  He's not a junk-throwing lefty, so they are able to hit him.
lol - I'm assuming you're referring to Bruce Chen (and not Danny Duffy).
Was thinking about this... were you really referring to Danny Duffy?

The name "Danny Duffy" may not sound like a tough guy's name or guy that throws hard, but I can tell you the guy throws pretty well.  For those that see this young man pitch, they'd know he relies on a very good fastball (I believe mid 90's, occasionally touching higher)  with a nice slider and change-up.  The guy has a ton of upside and I'd love to have an arm like that on our staff.
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