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Game Preview: TEX @ MIN, 8:10pm, Friday, August 28, 2009 @Hubert H Humphrey Metrodome

Rangers, 71-55, 2nd, 4 GB, 1½ GB in WC

SP: Tommy Hunter (22, RHP, 6-2, 2.85)

2009 Gamelogs / 2009 Splits / vs. MIN Current Lineup
Split IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA/Pit GSc
2009 (6-2) 66.1 57 23 21 22 41 7 2.85
2008 (0-2) 11.0 23 20 20 3 9 4 16.36
Last 7 GS 5-1 43.1 36 17 15 13 28 5 3.12 55
2009-08-22 @TBR ND 5.0 7 3 3 2 1 2 95 40
2009-08-17 MIN W 5.2 4 4 4 3 5 1 101 47
2009-08-12 @CLE W 7.2 6 0 0 0 5 0 98 72
2009-08-06 @OAK W 7.0 3 3 2 2 4 0 94 63
2009-08-01 SEA L 5.0 7 5 4 3 5 1 103 37
2009-07-27 DET W 7.0 5 1 1 2 6 1 104 67
2009-07-21 BOS W 6.0 4 1 1 1 2 0 85 61
Last 5 v.MIN 1-0 5.2 4 4 4 3 5 1 6.35 47
2009-08-17 MIN W 5.2 4 4 4 3 5 1 101 47
Lineups / Orders / Splits: Bat / Pitch / GL: Bat / Pitch
 Home:   41-24   Road:   30-31   ExtrInn: 6-4 
 vsRHP:  45-35   vsLHP:  26-20   1-Run:  17-13
 vsEast: 21-16   vsCntrl:17-17   vsWest: 24-13 IL: 9-9 

Last 10 Games
Gm# Date & Box   Opp W/L Score      Record   Place/GB
126 Thu, Aug 27  @NYY  W   7-2       71-55  2nd  4.0 gb
125 Wed, Aug 26  @NYY  L   2-9       70-55  2nd  5.0 gb
124 Tue, Aug 25  @NYY  W  10-9       70-54  2nd  4.0 gb
123 Sun, Aug 23  @TBR  W   4-0       69-54  2nd  5.5 gb
122 Sat, Aug 22  @TBR  L   4-5 (10)  68-54  2nd  6.5 gb
121 Fri, Aug 21  @TBR  L   3-5       68-53  2nd  5.5 gb
120 Thu, Aug 20   MIN  W  11-1       68-52  2nd  5.5 gb
119 Wed, Aug 19   MIN  L   4-5       67-52  2nd  6.5 gb
118 Tue, Aug 18   MIN  L   6-9       67-51  2nd  5.5 gb
117 Mon, Aug 17   MIN  W   8-5       67-50  2nd  4.5 gb
 Last 10: 5-5    Last 20:12-8    Last 30:17-13
Twins, 63-64, 3rd, 4½ GB, 10 GB in WC

SP: Brian Duensing (26, LHP, 1-1, 4.91)

2009 Gamelogs / 2009 Splits / vs. TEX Current Lineup
Split IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA/Pit GSc
2009 (1-1) 40.1 42 24 22 18 25 5 4.91
Last 7 GS 1-0 10.0 9 4 4 2 5 2 3.60 52
2009-08-22 @KCR W 5.0 6 2 2 1 3 0 80 49
2009-07-29 CHW ND 5.0 3 2 2 1 2 2 64 54
Has never faced TEX.
Lineups / Orders / Splits: Bat / Pitch / GL: Bat / Pitch
 Home:   35-28   Road:   28-36   ExtrInn: 5-7 
 vsRHP:  44-39   vsLHP:  19-25   1-Run:  18-18
 vsEast:  8-20   vsCntrl:27-20   vsWest: 16-18 IL:12-6 

Last 10 Games
Gm# Date & Box   Opp W/L Score      Record   Place/GB
127 Wed, Aug 26   BAL  L   1-5       63-64  2nd  4.5 gb
126 Tue, Aug 25   BAL  W   7-6       63-63  2nd  4.5 gb
125 Mon, Aug 24   BAL  W   2-1       62-63  3rd  4.5 gb
124 Sun, Aug 23  @KCR  W  10-3       61-63  3rd  4.5 gb
123 Sat, Aug 22  @KCR  W   8-7       60-63  3rd  5.5 gb
122 Fri, Aug 21  @KCR  W   5-4 (10)  59-63  3rd  6.5 gb
121 Thu, Aug 20  @TEX  L   1-11      58-63  3rd  6.5 gb
120 Wed, Aug 19  @TEX  W   5-4       58-62  3rd  5.5 gb
119 Tue, Aug 18  @TEX  W   9-6       57-62  3rd  6.5 gb
118 Mon, Aug 17  @TEX  L   5-8       56-62  3rd  6.5 gb
 Last 10: 7-3    Last 20:10-10   Last 30:15-15
Last 10 games for these teams head-to-head
Thu, Aug 20, 2009 TEX 11  MIN  1        W:Derek Holland (7-7), L: Anthony Swarzak (3-7), S: none
Wed, Aug 19, 2009 MIN  5 @TEX  4        W:Scott Baker (11-7), L: Kevin Millwood (9-8), S: Joe Nathan (31)
Tue, Aug 18, 2009 MIN  9 @TEX  6        W:Jesse Crain (4-4), L: Jason Jennings (2-4), S: Joe Nathan (30)
Mon, Aug 17, 2009 TEX  8  MIN  5        W:Tommy Hunter (6-2), L: Francisco Liriano (5-12), S: Frank Francisco (18)
Sun, Jul 19, 2009 TEX  5  MIN  3 (12)   W:Dustin Nippert (1-0), L: Brian Duensing (0-1), S: none
Sat, Jul 18, 2009 MIN  4 @TEX  1        W:Scott Baker (8-7), L: Scott Feldman (8-3), S: Joe Nathan (25)
Fri, Jul 17, 2009 MIN  5 @TEX  3        W:Glen Perkins (5-5), L: Vicente Padilla (7-5), S: Joe Nathan (24)

Sun, Jul 20, 2008 TEX  1 @MIN  0        W:Vicente Padilla (11-5), L: Scott Baker (6-3), S: C.J. Wilson (23)
Sat, Jul 19, 2008 MIN 14  TEX  2        W:Livan Hernandez (10-6), L: Matt Harrison (1-1), S: none
Fri, Jul 18, 2008 MIN  6  TEX  0        W:Glen Perkins (7-2), L: Kevin Millwood (6-6), S: none
Season Series: 2009 - MIN leads 4-3; 2008 - Tied 5-5; 2007 - MIN won 7-2; All-Time - MIN leads 344-306

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 2009 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

LAA  5.70

CHW  4.61

SDP  3.85

RA/G

SFG  3.76

NYM  4.67

WSN  5.46

BA

J. Mauer  .373

C. Gonzalez  .290

B. Schneider  .179

OBP

J. Mauer  .442

G. Beckham  .363

R. Cedeno  .237

SLG

A. Pujols  .666

J. Dye  .479

N. Punto  .257

OPS

A. Pujols  1.107

C. McGehee  .838

R. Andino  .541

ERA

C. Carpenter  2.16

M. Buehrle  3.92

F. Liriano  5.80

K/9IP

J. Verlander  10.49

C. Lee  6.84

J. Lannan  3.75

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Rangers Batters (4.88 RS/G) vs. Twins Pitchers (4.95 RA/G) -- OPS ranges: bad - ≤.650; avg: .750; good: ≥.850
PA/OPS 52.Duensing*
G/S/vB
30.Baker
G/S/vB
53.Blackburn
G/S/vB
28.Crain
G/S/vB
63.Gabino
G/S/vB
54.Guerrier
G/S/vB
38.Humber
G/S/vB
44.Keppel
G/S/vB
49.Manship
G/S/vB
50.Mijares*
G/S/vB
36.Nathan
G/S/vB
48.Pavano
G/S/vB
PA/vRHBA/OBP/SLG/OPSvLH/RHRdLast 28dSB/CSHR/E
1.Andrus G/S/vP 1/no AB 6/1.167 ··· ··· ··· 2/2.000 ··· 5/.700 1/.000 ··· 2/1.000 ··· 396/278 .269/.334/.384/.718 .712/.719 .604 85/.822 24/2 5/16
9.Blalock* G/S/vP 1/.000 11/.282 3/1.000 3/.666 ··· 3/.666 2/.500 5/.650 1/2.000 4/.000 10/.650 2/2.000 430/309 .238/.274/.473/.747 .689/.771 .818 97/.540 2/0 23/5
29.Borbon* G/S/vP ··· 3/.666 ··· ··· ··· 1/.000 1/2.000 1/3.000 1/2.000 ··· ··· 3/2.000 48/46 .415/.478/.537/1.015 .000/1.039 .566 43/1.096 9/1 1/2
22.Byrd G/S/vP 2/1.500 10/.900 2/1.000 1/.000 ··· 5/.000 2/.000 2/.000 1/no AB 2/.000 5/.000 23/1.114 472/328 .281/.324/.483/.807 .765/.825 .693 107/.894 8/2 15/2
17.Cruz G/S/vP ··· 3/2.667 ··· ··· ··· 1/.000 1/.000 1/.000 1/.000 ··· 5/1.250 1/no AB 403/285 .265/.340/.546/.886 .662/.975 .804 38/.885 17/3 27/3
19.Davis* G/S/vP ··· 3/.000 ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· 1/.000 286/198 .207/.262/.414/.676 .485/.761 .716 9/.819 0/0 16/2
32.Hamilton* G/S/vP 1/.000 10/.633 6/1.000 1/2.000 ··· 4/.750 1/no AB 2/.000 2/1.000 3/.333 2/3.500 5/1.067 324/220 .276/.324/.421/.745 .891/.676 .902 107/.925 8/3 8/1
5.Kinsler G/S/vP ··· 15/.619 7/1.286 4/.000 ··· 9/.444 2/1.000 7/.143 1/.000 1/.000 8/.250 4/3.000 494/357 .244/.318/.491/.809 1.076/.706 .624 49/.939 24/2 28/8
14.Murphy* G/S/vP 2/.500 11/.282 6/.833 1/no AB ··· 4/1.750 1/.000 1/.000 ··· 2/.000 9/.347 2/.000 349/278 .263/.341/.440/.781 .626/.821 .779 81/.719 7/4 12/1
7.Rodriguez G/S/vP ··· 25/.695 2/.000 5/.500 ··· 19/1.000 ··· 1/.000 ··· ··· 15/.624 ··· 361/288 .254/.286/.386/.672 .808/.637 .674 62/.634 1/2 8/4
2.Teagarden G/S/vP ··· 3/1.666 ··· 2/.000 ··· ··· 1/.000 1/.000 1/2.000 ··· ··· 3/.333 161/126 .194/.263/.375/.638 .892/.562 .637 58/.833 0/0 6/5
13.Vizquel# G/S/vP ··· ··· ··· 1/.000 ··· 4/1.250 1/2.000 ··· ··· ··· 5/1.000 7/.143 152/122 .307/.354/.387/.741 1.085/.650 .698 48/.846 4/0 1/0
10.Young G/S/vP 1/.000 16/.688 7/1.000 10/.100 ··· 11/1.136 1/2.000 9/.777 1/2.000 1/.000 10/.700 5/1.400 544/391 .329/.382/.540/.923 .893/.934 .884 114/.968 8/3 22/7
IP 40.1 153.0 161.2 34.1 2.2 61.2 9.0 39.0 7.0 49.2 49.2 150.2 TOTAL .260/.322/.456/.778 .765/.783 .719 .808 118/23 187/87
ERA-K/9 4.91/5.6 4.47/7.4 4.29/3.8 6.55/8.1 13.50/3.3 2.34/6.0 8.00/9.0 5.31/5.8 5.14/3.9 1.99/7.6 1.63/11.8 5.20/6.3 4.75/6.4

 Catcher Def.
 (SB-CS-PB)

OF G: LF / CF / RF - A

BF/BA 182/.268 628/.247 703/.297 162/.292 16/.385 240/.199 50/.415 174/.293 32/.321 201/.211 191/.170 640/.293 .276
OPS .745 .704 .793 .840 1.038 .561 1.008 .843 .732 .617 .504 .795 .772
vs LHB (BF-OPS) 64/.629 321/.599 398/.851 71/1.092 12/.962 99/.441 21/1.004 90/.852 19/.541 87/.439 96/.542 338/.729 .770
vs RHB (BF-OPS) 118/.809 307/.813 305/.719 91/.646 4/1.250 141/.644 29/.984 84/.834 13/1.038 114/.756 95/.468 302/.867 .774
Home 94/.789 325/.639 323/.766 88/.841 16/1.038 115/.613 25/.920 75/.887 17/.437 101/.620 94/.308 270/.772
Last 28d days 84/.748 130/.587 140/.997 55/.786 16/1.038 51/.711 24/.833 88/.980 32/.732 51/.459 38/.701 136/.659
HR/SB/CS 5/0/1 22/7/3 20/10/2 3/2/1 0/0/0 6/2/1 1/1/0 3/0/1 0/1/0 5/5/0 3/3/0 21/26/6 147/79/28
Usage ·····X·· ···X···· ·X····X· ··X··o·· ··X····· ·X···Xo· ·oX····X ··X·oX·o ·X··X··X ··Xo·Xo· ···X··X· ····X···
Twins Batters (5.02 RS/G) vs. Rangers Pitchers (4.38 RA/G) -- OPS ranges: bad - ≤.650; avg: .750; good: ≥.850
PA/OPS 35.Hunter
G/S/vB
39.Feldman
G/S/vB
30.Feliz
G/S/vB
50.Francisco
G/S/vB
49.Grilli
G/S/vB
45.Holland*
G/S/vB
28.Jennings
G/S/vB
52.Mathis
G/S/vB
33.Millwood
G/S/vB
57.Nippert
G/S/vB
56.O'Day
G/S/vB
36.Wilson*
G/S/vB
PA/vRHBA/OBP/SLG/OPSvLH/RHHmLast 28dSB/CSHR/E
18.Cabrera G/S/vP 3/.000 16/.646 ··· 12/.167 14/.630 4/1.250 20/.900 1/2.000 98/.760 4/.833 1/2.000 9/.730 557/393 .279/.312/.372/.684 .657/.695 .692 109/.689 13/4 5/19
25.Casilla# G/S/vP 1/.000 6/.834 1/.000 ··· ··· 3/1.167 1/2.000 2/2.000 8/.500 3/.000 ··· 2/.000 225/154 .206/.287/.266/.553 .510/.579 .546 53/.812 9/0 0/5
24.Crede G/S/vP 2/.500 10/.800 1/.000 4/.000 6/.833 2/.000 3/.000 1/.000 23/.478 ··· 3/1.167 ··· 362/259 .229/.293/.421/.714 .560/.775 .751 63/.568 0/0 15/4
5.Cuddyer G/S/vP 3/.000 12/1.947 ··· 6/.200 8/1.071 5/.400 3/.666 4/.750 22/1.217 ··· 4/.500 7/.143 502/370 .274/.343/.511/.854 .934/.825 .875 98/.885 5/1 22/6
22.Gomez G/S/vP ··· 5/.400 1/.000 1/.000 3/2.334 4/.833 2/1.000 5/1.150 10/.733 1/3.000 1/.000 3/.000 301/197 .242/.297/.359/.656 .654/.658 .561 60/.698 11/5 3/1
23.Harris G/S/vP 3/.000 10/.888 1/.000 3/.666 4/1.000 2/1.000 5/1.000 2/.500 8/1.000 2/.000 3/.000 3/.333 377/253 .261/.306/.368/.674 .770/.629 .829 46/.653 0/1 6/8
16.Kubel* G/S/vP 3/1.167 7/.286 1/.000 ··· 6/1.500 ··· 1/no AB 2/no AB 13/.846 1/no AB 3/1.000 4/.250 438/329 .301/.370/.523/.893 .614/.987 .908 88/.746 1/1 20/0
7.Mauer* G/S/vP 3/2.667 11/1.000 1/2.000 3/.333 2/.000 6/.334 2/5.000 3/2.333 32/.882 2/1.500 1/no AB 11/.282 452/293 .373/.442/.622/1.064 .843/1.188 1.117 116/1.210 3/1 25/3
33.Morneau* G/S/vP 2/.000 11/.788 ··· 7/.453 6/1.000 3/.667 4/1.500 2/1.000 22/1.608 2/2.500 2/.000 11/.773 529/335 .295/.384/.555/.939 .930/.943 .978 83/.728 0/0 29/2
8.Punto# G/S/vP 2/.000 7/.829 1/.000 1/no AB 7/1.371 4/1.750 3/.333 1/2.000 23/1.144 ··· 1/2.000 5/.400 325/233 .209/.312/.257/.570 .555/.568 .575 59/.577 9/2 1/7
55.Redmond G/S/vP ··· 1/.000 1/2.000 2/2.000 2/.000 2/.000 5/.800 ··· 18/.583 ··· ··· 2/.000 129/85 .256/.326/.299/.625 .916/.477 .603 21/.817 0/0 0/0
2.Span* G/S/vP 3/.333 6/.334 1/.000 ··· ··· 6/1.000 2/.500 2/1.000 7/.929 3/.666 ··· 3/.666 520/365 .306/.395/.404/.798 .861/.772 .877 120/.932 19/7 6/5
21.Young G/S/vP 2/1.500 11/.818 1/.000 4/.000 2/2.000 4/1.750 3/2.334 4/.000 9/.666 1/2.000 5/1.467 1/.000 303/203 .266/.290/.388/.678 .861/.587 .636 83/.783 2/3 8/3
IP 66.1 144.1 16.1 37.0 39.1 109.0 61.0 33.0 161.0 47.0 46.2 58.0 TOTAL .272/.343/.427/.771 .773/.769 .791 .807 66/21 139/69
ERA-K/9 2.85/5.6 3.87/5.4 0.55/11.6 3.65/10.2 4.35/8.7 4.95/7.1 4.13/6.5 3.00/4.6 3.63/5.5 4.02/7.5 1.74/8.5 2.95/9.9 4.21/6.2

 Catcher Def.
 (SB-CS-PB)

OF G: LF / CF / RF - A

BF/BA 272/.230 593/.250 56/.093 147/.226 172/.274 470/.274 272/.286 132/.240 689/.255 189/.247 184/.196 243/.229 .260
OPS .682 .693 .273 .680 .768 .806 .814 .642 .741 .692 .536 .668 .749
vs LHB (BF-OPS) 147/.850 319/.664 32/.421 77/.683 78/.755 131/.795 118/.893 55/.644 341/.724 105/.723 57/.741 82/.454 .759
vs RHB (BF-OPS) 125/.491 274/.727 24/.083 70/.678 94/.777 339/.810 154/.754 77/.640 348/.758 84/.653 127/.440 161/.772 .740
Road 99/.605 289/.650 39/.238 79/.679 69/.713 228/.700 113/.886 33/.524 326/.797 124/.704 89/.606 115/.902
Last 28d days 126/.728 132/.664 56/.273 38/.936 11/1.261 127/.718 41/1.275 28/.949 107/.868 101/.721 35/.452 51/.679
HR/SB/CS 7/6/2 15/12/6 1/1/0 5/1/0 3/4/1 19/8/1 7/7/3 2/0/0 20/13/7 5/6/1 3/7/1 3/3/1 139/79/33
Usage ·····X·· ····X··· ··X··X·X X·X·o··· X·o··o·· ·X·····X ·X······ ··X····· X·····X· ··o·oXo· X····oX·

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.