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Game Preview: MIN @ NYY, 7:05pm, Tuesday, July 22, 2008 @Yankee Stadium II

Minnesota Twins, 55-44, 2nd, ½ GB, 2 GB in WC

SP: Kevin Slowey (24, RHP, 6-6, 4.26)

   2008 Gamelogs / 2008 Splits / vs. NYY Current Lineup
 Split         Opp Dec   IP   H   R   ER  BB  SO HR ERA/Pit GmSc
+------------+----+---+-----+---+---+---+---+---+--+-------+----+
 2008 (6-6)             82.1  80  39  39  13  61 12    4.26      
 2007 (4-1)             66.2  82  39  35  11  47 16    4.73      
+------------+----+---+-----+---+---+---+---+---+--+-------+----+
 Last 7 GS         4-1  41.2  43  22  22   7  35  4    4.75   51 
 2008-07-10   @DET  ND   3.2   9   6   6   2   1  1      77   18 
 2008-07-05    CLE   W   6     5   5   5   2   6  1      92   46 
 2008-06-29    MIL   W   9     3   0   0   0   8  0     109   89 
 2008-06-24   @SDP  ND   6     4   0   0   0   7  0      92   71 
 2008-06-18    WSN   W   6     7   1   1   2   4  1      90   56 
 2008-06-13   @MIL   W   8     5   2   2   0   5  0      99   69 
 2008-06-08   @CHW   L   3    10   8   8   1   4  1      68   10 
+------------+----+---+-----+---+---+---+---+---+--+-------+----+
 Last 5 v.NYY      0-0   3.2   8   5   5   2   2  2   12.27   25 
 2007-07-05   @NYY  ND   3.2   8   5   5   2   2  2      91   25 
Lineups / Orders / Splits: Bat / Pitch / GL: Bat / Pitch
 Home:   34-19   Road:   21-25   ExtrInn: 6-4 
 vsRHP:  41-30   vsLHP:  14-14   1-Run:  20-16
 vsEast:  7-13   vsCntrl:27-17   vsWest:  7-10 IL:14-4 

Last 10 Games
Gm# Date & Box   Opp W/L Score      Record   Place/GB
 99 Mon, Jul 21  @NYY  L   4-12      55-44  2nd  0.5 gb
 98 Sun, Jul 20   TEX  L   0-1       55-43  2nd  0.5 gb
 97 Sat, Jul 19   TEX  W  14-2       55-42  2nd  0.5 gb
 96 Fri, Jul 18   TEX  W   6-0       54-42  2nd  1.5 gb
 95 Sun, Jul 13  @DET  L   2-4       53-42  2nd  1.5 gb
 94 Sat, Jul 12  @DET  W   6-5       53-41  2nd  1.5 gb
 93 Fri, Jul 11  @DET  W   3-2       52-41  2nd  1.5 gb
 92 Thu, Jul 10  @DET  W   7-6 (11)  51-41  2nd  2.5 gb
 91 Wed, Jul  9  @BOS  L   5-18      50-41  2nd  3.5 gb
 90 Tue, Jul  8  @BOS  L   5-6       50-40  2nd  2.5 gb
 Last 10: 5-5    Last 20:12-8    Last 30:21-9 
New York Yankees, 54-45, 3rd, 4½ GB, 3 GB in WC

SP: Darrell Rasner (27, RHP, 5-7, 4.97)

   2008 Gamelogs / 2008 Splits / vs. MIN Current Lineup
 Split         Opp Dec   IP   H   R   ER  BB  SO HR ERA/Pit GmSc
+------------+----+---+-----+---+---+---+---+---+--+-------+----+
 2008 (5-7)             67    83  39  37  18  46  7    4.97      
 2007 (1-3)             24.2  29  14  11   8  11  4    4.01      
 2006 (3-1)             20.1  18  10  10   5  11  2    4.43      
+------------+----+---+-----+---+---+---+---+---+--+-------+----+
 Last 7 GS         2-5  36.2  56  30  28  13  27  4    6.87   38 
 2008-07-12   @TOR   W   5     7   4   3   1   6  0     108   44 
 2008-07-04    BOS   L   5    10   6   6   3   2  1     100   22 
 2008-06-29   @NYM   L   5     8   2   2   3   3  1     102   43 
 2008-06-24   @PIT   L   5    10   7   7   0   4  2      87   23 
 2008-06-18    SDP   W   5     3   2   2   5   4  0      96   52 
 2008-06-11   @OAK   L   3.2   9   7   6   1   4  0      85   20 
 2008-06-06    KCR   L   8     9   2   2   0   4  0     118   60 
+------------+----+---+-----+---+---+---+---+---+--+-------+----+
 Last 5 v.MIN      1-1  11.1  12   5   5   2   7  1    3.97   51 
 2008-06-01   @MIN   L   5.1   8   4   4   2   5  0     111   39 
 2006-09-03    MIN   W   6     4   1   1   0   2  1      81   62 
Lineups / Orders / Splits: Bat / Pitch / GL: Bat / Pitch
 Home:   31-22   Road:   23-23   ExtrInn: 4-2 
 vsRHP:  38-30   vsLHP:  16-15   1-Run:  19-11
 vsEast: 20-19   vsCntrl:12-15   vsWest: 12-3  IL:10-8 

Last 10 Games
Gm# Date & Box   Opp W/L Score      Record   Place/GB
 99 Mon, Jul 21   MIN  W  12-4       54-45  3rd  4.5 gb
 98 Sun, Jul 20   OAK  W   2-1       53-45  3rd  4.5 gb
 97 Sat, Jul 19   OAK  W   4-3 (12)  52-45  3rd  5.5 gb
 96 Fri, Jul 18   OAK  W   7-1       51-45  3rd  5.5 gb
 95 Sun, Jul 13  @TOR  L   1-4       50-45  3rd  6.0 gb
 94 Sat, Jul 12  @TOR  W   9-4       50-44  3rd  5.5 gb
 93 Fri, Jul 11  @TOR  L   0-5       49-44  3rd  6.5 gb
 92 Thu, Jul 10  @PIT  L   2-4       49-43  3rd  6.5 gb
 91 Wed, Jul  9   TBR  W   2-1 (10)  49-42  3rd  6.5 gb
 90 Tue, Jul  8   TBR  W   5-0       48-42  3rd  7.5 gb
 Last 10: 7-3    Last 20:12-8    Last 30:18-12
Last 10 games for these teams head-to-head
Mon, Jul 21, 2008 NYY 12  MIN  4        W:Sidney Ponson (6-1), L: Nick Blackburn (7-6), S: none
Mon, Jun 02, 2008 MIN  6  NYY  5        W:Matt Guerrier (3-1), L: Kyle Farnsworth (0-2), S: Joe Nathan (15)
Sun, Jun 01, 2008 MIN  5  NYY  1        W:Brian Bass (2-1), L: Darrell Rasner (3-2), S: none
Sat, May 31, 2008 NYY  7 @MIN  6 (12)   W:Ross Ohlendorf (1-1), L: Juan Rincon (2-2), S: Mariano Rivera (15)
Fri, May 30, 2008 NYY  6 @MIN  5        W:Mike Mussina (8-4), L: Glen Perkins (2-2), S: Mariano Rivera (14)

Thu, Jul 05, 2007 NYY  7  MIN  6        W:Kyle Farnsworth (1-1), L: Pat Neshek (3-1), S: Mariano Rivera (12)
Wed, Jul 04, 2007 MIN  6 @NYY  2        W:Johan Santana (10-6), L: Mike Mussina (4-6), S: none
Tue, Jul 03, 2007 NYY  8  MIN  0        W:Chien-Ming Wang (8-4), L: Carlos Silva (6-9), S: none
Mon, Jul 02, 2007 NYY  5  MIN  1        W:Roger Clemens (2-3), L: Boof Bonser (5-5), S: none
Wed, Apr 11, 2007 MIN  5  NYY  1        W:Ramon Ortiz (2-0), L: Kyle Farnsworth (0-1), S: none
Season Series: 2008 - NYY leads 3-2; 2007 - NYY won 5-2; 2006 - Tied 3-3; All-Time - NYY leads 1091-762

Key for Batter vs. Pitcher Grids on the next pageKey for Batter vs. Pitcher Grids Below

Batter vs. Pitcher totals are career totals. All others are year-to-date.

PA - Plate Appearances (AB+BB+HBP+SH+SF+CI)
BF - Batters Faced
BA - Batting Average
OBP - On-Base Percentage
SLG - Slugging Percentage
Last 28d - PA and OPS in the last 28 days.
SB/CS - Stolen Bases and Caught Stealing
HR/E - Home Runs and Errors Made
ERA-K/9 - Earned Run Average and SO per 9 IP
Total - Team totals for those categories.
Usage - See the note below the grid.
OPS - On-Base Percentage + Slugging Percentage (a good single number for measuring a player's hitting, avg. is .750 or so)
RA/G & RS/G - Runs scored and allowed per game.
PA/vRH - Plate Appearances overall/PA's vs. Right-handed Pitchers
Catcher Def. - Catcher Defense with each catcher's Stolen Bases, Caught Stealings, and Passed Balls allowed.
G/S/vB or G/S/vP - Links to the player's 2008 gamelogs, splits, or career batter vs. pitcher results
vLH/vRH - OPS vs. left-handed pitchers and vs. right-handed pitchers
Hm or Rd, Home or Road - OPS or OPS allowed in home or road games.
OF G: LF / CF / RF - A - Outfielders with the games played by position and their total number of assists
vs LHB - Batters faced and OPS allowed against left-handed batters
vs RHB - Batters faced and OPS allowed against right-handed batters
HR/SB/CS - Pitcher's Home Runs, Stolen Bases and Caught Stealings allowed

MLB Best, Middle, Worst

Stat

Best

Middle

Worst

RS/G

TEX  5.47

CLE  4.57

SDP  3.76

RA/G

OAK  3.66

NYM  4.51

TEX  5.80

BA

C. Jones  .372

M. Kotsay  .285

T. Pena  .152

OBP

A. Pujols  .468

J. Loney  .359

T. Pena  .174

SLG

L. Berkman  .632

J. Damon  .470

O. Vizquel  .191

OPS

A. Pujols  1.071

B. Giles  .820

T. Pena  .375

ERA

J. Duchscherer  1.87

J. Sanchez  4.10

M. Hendrickson  6.01

K/9IP

C. Billingsley  9.81

M. Garza  6.14

L. Hernandez  3.31

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Minnesota Twins Batters (4.93 RS/G) vs. New York Yankees Pitchers (4.25 RA/G) -- OPS ranges: bad - ≤.650; avg: .750; good: ≥.850
PA/OPS 43.Rasner
G/S/vB
48.Farnsworth
G/S/vB
38.Giese
G/S/vB
22.Hawkins
G/S/vB
36.Ramirez
G/S/vB
42.Rivera
G/S/vB
30.Robertson
G/S/vB
41.Veras
G/S/vB
PA/vRHBA/OBP/SLG/OPSvLH/RHRdLast 28dSB/CSHR/E
32.Buscher* G/S/vP ··· ··· ··· 1/.000 ··· ··· ··· ··· 104/83 .330/.356/.443/.799 .340/.917 .804 67/.819 0/2 2/
25.Casilla# G/S/vP 3/.666 ··· ··· 1/.000 3/.000 ··· ··· 1/.000 247/177 .320/.358/.434/.792 .687/.837 .765 97/.824 4/2 4/
22.Gomez G/S/vP 3/.666 2/1.000 ··· 1/.000 ··· 2/1.000 ··· 2/.000 418/304 .247/.281/.345/.626 .684/.605 .574 101/.457 21/9 5/
23.Harris G/S/vP 2/.000 3/.666 ··· 2/1.000 1/.000 2/.500 ··· 2/.500 348/248 .260/.316/.370/.686 .620/.713 .711 76/.808 1/1 5/
16.Kubel* G/S/vP 3/.667 3/.000 ··· 1/2.000 1/.000 3/1.167 1/.000 ··· 316/255 .263/.332/.459/.791 .514/.854 .740 70/.837 0/1 13/
24.Lamb* G/S/vP 2/.000 8/1.917 ··· 6/1.500 ··· 6/.334 ··· 1/.000 230/202 .220/.257/.292/.548 .292/.585 .676 18/.333 0/1 1/
7.Mauer* G/S/vP 2/.000 5/1.100 ··· 2/2.000 2/.000 3/1.334 1/.000 ··· 378/272 .323/.419/.462/.881 .979/.840 .744 89/.976 0/1 6/
27.Monroe G/S/vP 1/.000 1/2.000 ··· 6/.334 ··· 8/.125 ··· ··· 169/83 .203/.278/.412/.690 .442/.943 .566 36/.706 0/0 8/
33.Morneau* G/S/vP 5/1.400 8/1.625 ··· 4/1.167 2/.000 5/.400 1/.000 ··· 429/292 .318/.387/.513/.900 .814/.942 .956 103/1.078 0/1 15/
8.Punto# G/S/vP 3/.000 3/.500 ··· 1/no AB ··· 1/.000 ··· 1/.000 117/71 .320/.379/.466/.845 .792/.883 .895 49/1.010 4/2 1/
55.Redmond G/S/vP 5/.600 3/.667 ··· 2/1.500 ··· 2/.000 ··· ··· 74/34 .290/.324/.348/.672 .624/.728 .585 18/.667 0/0 0/
2.Span* G/S/vP ··· ··· ··· 1/3.000 ··· ··· ··· ··· 101/74 .329/.424/.459/.883 1.227/.762 .954 67/1.051 5/3 0/
21.Young G/S/vP 5/.400 10/.500 ··· ··· 2/.000 5/.000 ··· 5/.650 379/279 .297/.340/.402/.743 .725/.749 .732 81/.928 11/4 4/
IP 67.0 42.0 23.1 40.1 36.1 44.1 11.0 32.1 TOTAL .279/.337/.410/.747 .705/.764 .723 .833 56/30 69/64
ERA-K/9 4.97/6.2 3.43/8.1 2.70/6.2 5.58/4.9 2.48/10.7 1.22/10.8 1.64/11.5 3.06/8.4 4.04/7.1

 Catcher Def.
 (SB-CS-PB)
 Mauer (36-18-1)
 Redmond (10-2-0)

OF G: LF / CF / RF - A

BF/BA 301/.303 173/.257 95/.195 167/.264 145/.165 162/.169 43/.184 135/.217 .261  Young
 Gomez
 Kubel
 Span
 Monroe
 Punto
91/0/0/8
0/92/0/6
11/0/20/2
0/3/26/2
1/7/2/1
0/2/0/0
OPS .825 .829 .528 .710 .560 .433 .466 .640 .720
vs LHB (BF-OPS) 178/.801 79/.993 56/.533 74/.938 77/.596 84/.378 24/.382 69/.705 .705
vs RHB (BF-OPS) 123/.858 94/.707 39/.520 93/.539 68/.519 78/.492 19/.582 66/.578 .733
Home 131/.729 92/.861 86/.523 90/.678 93/.581 93/.510 27/.389 78/.637 .699
Last 28d days 104/1.062 29/.138 41/.631 43/.776 47/.378 38/.618 43/.466 48/.714
HR/SB/CS 7/2/3 10/5/6 1/5/1 3/1/2 3/1/3 2/5/1 0/2/0 4/3/1 84/74/40
Usage ········ ··o····· ········ X··o···· o·Xo···· ·oX····· o·Xo···· ··X·····
New York Yankees Batters (4.66 RS/G) vs. Minnesota Twins Pitchers (4.68 RA/G) -- OPS ranges: bad - ≤.650; avg: .750; good: ≥.850
PA/OPS 59.Slowey
G/S/vB
60.Bass
G/S/vB
26.Bonser
G/S/vB
49.Breslow*
G/S/vB
28.Crain
G/S/vB
54.Guerrier
G/S/vB
36.Nathan
G/S/vB
37.Reyes*
G/S/vB
PA/vRHBA/OBP/SLG/OPSvLH/RHHmLast 28dSB/CSHR/E
53.Abreu* G/S/vP 2/1.500 1/4.000 11/1.255 3/.333 1/.000 4/.500 7/.429 17/.567 417/291 .275/.348/.432/.780 .777/.781 .794 101/.816 13/6 10/
14.Betemit# G/S/vP ··· 2/.000 ··· ··· ··· 2/1.000 1/.000 2/1.500 122/86 .252/.281/.417/.698 .669/.710 .749 55/.649 0/1 4/
28.Cabrera# G/S/vP 3/2.334 1/.000 9/1.112 1/.000 3/.833 3/.333 2/1.000 5/1.200 377/251 .247/.306/.350/.656 .594/.691 .670 92/.571 7/1 8/
24.Cano* G/S/vP 2/2.500 2/1.000 9/1.792 2/1.000 3/.666 4/.500 3/.000 5/.400 389/272 .260/.296/.389/.685 .844/.619 .776 93/.971 1/3 8/
17.Christian G/S/vP ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· 1/no AB ··· ··· 21/6 .222/.333/.278/.611 .785/.167 .250 21/.611 2/1 0/
18.Damon* G/S/vP 3/1.167 ··· 11/1.233 ··· 3/1.334 4/1.250 2/.000 7/.286 355/243 .319/.385/.470/.855 .771/.893 .865 38/.742 13/6 6/
11.Gardner* G/S/vP ··· ··· 2/.000 1/.000 ··· ··· ··· ··· 61/51 .170/.237/.189/.426 .000/.507 .365 61/.426 5/0 0/
25.Giambi* G/S/vP ··· 2/.000 7/.453 3/1.000 3/.666 5/.400 4/.833 5/.000 337/230 .254/.395/.534/.928 .910/.937 1.000 79/.761 2/1 20/
2.Jeter G/S/vP 3/1.167 1/.000 11/.818 1/.000 6/.666 6/1.000 5/.650 3/2.333 412/282 .284/.347/.400/.747 .776/.734 .721 103/.849 5/2 6/
19.Moeller G/S/vP ··· 1/.000 1/.000 1/.000 ··· 2/.000 3/.000 ··· 76/51 .239/.329/.358/.687 .598/.727 .548 7/.143 0/0 1/
26.Molina G/S/vP ··· 1/2.000 6/.334 1/2.000 5/1.200 1/.000 ··· 5/.000 194/130 .227/.266/.307/.573 .533/.592 .596 50/.626 0/0 0/
13.Rodriguez G/S/vP ··· 2/.500 10/.856 3/.667 6/.533 5/2.600 6/1.500 4/.500 339/238 .316/.398/.592/.990 1.001/.985 1.142 100/.905 14/1 21/
39.Sexson G/S/vP ··· ··· 6/1.500 1/3.000 6/.500 9/1.587 8/.375 13/1.838 299/222 .219/.321/.379/.700 1.029/.587 .537 57/.873 1/0 11/
IP 82.1 58.2 86.0 23.2 39.2 52.0 40.2 27.0 TOTAL .269/.342/.416/.758 .742/.766 .781 .728 62/23 96/50
ERA-K/9 4.26/6.7 5.22/4.0 6.59/6.9 2.28/8.0 2.72/6.8 3.46/6.6 1.11/10.2 2.67/5.3 4.28/5.9

 Catcher Def.
 (SB-CS-PB)
 Moeller (12-7-0)
 Molina (27-26-6)

OF G: LF / CF / RF - A

BF/BA 332/.255 263/.304 392/.293 97/.209 168/.258 222/.242 156/.193 106/.240 .278  Abreu
 Cabrera
 Damon
 Gardner
 Christian
0/0/94/8
0/95/1/5
68/6/0/1
14/1/0/1
4/0/3/0
OPS .748 .882 .789 .555 .731 .695 .526 .669 .762
vs LHB (BF-OPS) 140/.890 94/.789 188/.822 40/.591 60/.686 82/.708 86/.564 59/.497 .753
vs RHB (BF-OPS) 192/.647 169/.934 204/.758 57/.524 108/.754 140/.687 70/.482 47/.892 .769
Road 189/.776 130/.990 131/.925 44/.559 78/.832 104/.880 57/.636 49/.765 .829
Last 28d days 97/.613 50/.903 51/.865 27/.551 35/.737 48/.678 39/.378 16/.625
HR/SB/CS 12/3/2 11/1/2 11/10/0 1/2/2 4/2/1 5/6/1 3/5/0 2/3/2 110/46/20
Usage ········ ··o····· X··o···· X··o···· ···o···· o······· ·X······ ··o·····

Usage -- each character represents the number of pitches thrown by the pitcher for yesterday, two days ago, three days ago, ...., up to eight days ago:
· - did not pitch; o - less than 16 pitches; X - at least 16 pitches (the median relief outing)
An Example ( ·X···o·X ): Yesterday off, 16 or more pitches, three days off, less than 16 pitches, day off, 16 or more pitches (8 days ago). Yesterday is in bold for improved scanning.

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