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Game Preview: TEX @ MIN, 7:10pm, Saturday, August 29, 2009 @Hubert H Humphrey Metrodome

Rangers, 71-56, 2nd, 5 GB, 2½ GB in WC

SP: Scott Feldman (26, RHP, 13-4, 3.87)

2009 Gamelogs / 2009 Splits / vs. MIN Current Lineup
Split IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA/Pit GSc
2009 (13-4) 144.1 135 63 62 46 86 15 3.87
2008 (6-8) 151.1 161 103 89 56 74 22 5.29
2007 (1-2) 39.0 44 26 25 32 19 3 5.77
Last 7 GS 5-1 42.0 47 18 18 15 35 3 3.86 51
2009-08-23 @TBR W 7.0 4 0 0 2 11 0 113 78
2009-08-18 MIN ND 5.2 9 5 5 1 4 1 103 34
2009-08-13 @CLE W 6.0 7 1 1 2 6 0 108 58
2009-08-07 @LAA W 6.0 8 4 4 3 7 0 121 44
2009-08-02 SEA W 7.0 5 2 2 2 4 0 101 61
2009-07-29 DET L 2.1 10 6 6 2 1 2 71 12
2009-07-24 @KCR W 8.0 4 0 0 3 2 0 110 73
Last 5 v.MIN 0-1 17.2 21 13 13 3 11 3 6.62 42
2009-08-18 MIN ND 5.2 9 5 5 1 4 1 103 34
2009-07-18 MIN L 6.0 5 3 3 0 5 1 108 55
2008-05-19 @MIN ND 6.0 7 5 5 2 2 1 101 38
Lineups / Orders / Splits: Bat / Pitch / GL: Bat / Pitch
 Home:   41-24   Road:   30-32   ExtrInn: 6-4 
 vsRHP:  45-35   vsLHP:  26-21   1-Run:  17-14
 vsEast: 21-16   vsCntrl:17-18   vsWest: 24-13 IL: 9-9 

Last 10 Games
Gm# Date & Box   Opp W/L Score      Record   Place/GB
127 Fri, Aug 28  @MIN  L   2-3       71-56  2nd  5.0 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
 Last 10: 4-6    Last 20:11-9    Last 30:16-14
Twins, 64-64, 2nd, 4½ GB, 10 GB in WC

SP: Carl Pavano (33, RHP, 11-9, 5.20)

2009 Gamelogs / 2009 Splits / vs. TEX Current Lineup
Split IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA/Pit GSc
2009 (11-9) 150.2 175 92 87 29 105 21 5.20
2008 (4-2) 34.1 41 23 22 10 15 5 5.77
2007 (1-0) 11.1 12 7 6 2 4 1 4.76
Last 7 GS 3-2 43.2 48 26 26 9 28 10 5.36 47
2009-08-23 @KCR W 7.0 8 2 2 0 2 0 108 55
2009-08-18 @TEX ND 4.0 7 5 5 3 4 1 99 29
2009-08-13 KCR L 7.0 5 5 5 3 6 1 112 50
2009-08-08 @DET W 7.0 5 0 0 0 5 0 90 72
2009-08-02 DET W 8.0 6 1 1 1 4 0 100 69
2009-07-27 @LAA ND 6.0 10 6 6 0 3 4 102 31
2009-07-22 @TOR L 4.2 7 7 7 2 4 4 90 24
Last 5 v.TEX 0-1 5.0 13 14 14 6 5 3 25.20 16
2009-08-18 @TEX ND 4.0 7 5 5 3 4 1 99 29
2009-04-09 @TEX L 1.0 6 9 9 3 1 2 39 3
Lineups / Orders / Splits: Bat / Pitch / GL: Bat / Pitch
 Home:   36-28   Road:   28-36   ExtrInn: 5-7 
 vsRHP:  45-39   vsLHP:  19-25   1-Run:  19-18
 vsEast:  8-20   vsCntrl:27-20   vsWest: 17-18 IL:12-6 

Last 10 Games
Gm# Date & Box   Opp W/L Score      Record   Place/GB
128 Fri, Aug 28   TEX  W   3-2       64-64  2nd  4.5 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
 Last 10: 8-2    Last 20:11-9    Last 30:16-14
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 5-3; 2008 - Tied 5-5; 2007 - MIN won 7-2; All-Time - MIN leads 345-306

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  5.66

BAL  4.60

SDP  3.83

RA/G

LAD  3.80

NYM  4.66

WSN  5.45

BA

J. Mauer  .373

R. Roberts  .290

B. Giles  .191

OBP

J. Mauer  .442

W. Harris  .361

R. Cedeno  .240

SLG

A. Pujols  .663

B. Butler  .478

N. Punto  .257

OPS

A. Pujols  1.104

T. Hafner  .833

B. Giles  .548

ERA

C. Carpenter  2.20

M. Buehrle  3.92

F. Liriano  5.80

K/9IP

J. Verlander  10.49

D. Davis  6.79

J. Lannan  3.75

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Rangers Batters (4.86 RS/G) vs. Twins Pitchers (4.93 RA/G) -- OPS ranges: bad - ≤.650; avg: .750; good: ≥.850
PA/OPS 48.Pavano
G/S/vB
30.Baker
G/S/vB
53.Blackburn
G/S/vB
28.Crain
G/S/vB
52.Duensing*
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
PA/vRHBA/OBP/SLG/OPSvLH/RHRdLast 28dSB/CSHR/E
1.Andrus G/S/vP ··· 6/1.167 ··· ··· 1/no AB ··· 2/2.000 ··· 5/.700 1/.000 ··· 2/1.000 400/281 .266/.331/.380/.710 .705/.711 .591 86/.812 24/3 5/16
9.Blalock* G/S/vP 2/2.000 11/.282 3/1.000 3/.666 1/.000 ··· 3/.666 2/.500 5/.650 1/2.000 4/.000 10/.650 430/309 .238/.274/.473/.747 .689/.771 .818 93/.541 2/0 23/5
29.Borbon* G/S/vP 3/2.000 3/.666 ··· ··· ··· ··· 1/.000 1/2.000 1/3.000 1/2.000 ··· ··· 52/49 .378/.440/.489/.929 .000/.970 .461 47/.992 9/1 1/2
22.Byrd G/S/vP 23/1.114 10/.900 2/1.000 1/.000 2/1.500 ··· 5/.000 2/.000 2/.000 1/no AB 2/.000 5/.000 472/328 .281/.324/.483/.807 .765/.825 .693 103/.878 8/2 15/2
17.Cruz G/S/vP 1/no AB 3/2.667 ··· ··· ··· ··· 1/.000 1/.000 1/.000 1/.000 ··· 5/1.250 407/289 .263/.342/.543/.884 .662/.972 .803 38/.928 17/3 27/3
19.Davis* G/S/vP 1/.000 3/.000 ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· 290/201 .207/.262/.422/.684 .539/.749 .732 13/.968 0/0 16/2
32.Hamilton* G/S/vP 5/1.067 10/.633 6/1.000 1/2.000 1/.000 ··· 4/.750 1/no AB 2/.000 2/1.000 3/.333 2/3.500 328/224 .273/.323/.417/.740 .891/.670 .887 108/.910 8/3 8/1
5.Kinsler G/S/vP 4/3.000 15/.619 7/1.286 4/.000 ··· ··· 9/.444 2/1.000 7/.143 1/.000 1/.000 8/.250 498/361 .247/.320/.505/.824 1.076/.728 .660 53/1.073 26/2 28/8
14.Murphy* G/S/vP 2/.000 11/.282 6/.833 1/no AB 2/.500 ··· 4/1.750 1/.000 1/.000 ··· 2/.000 9/.347 353/281 .263/.340/.441/.781 .663/.811 .778 85/.721 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 58/.644 1/2 8/4
2.Teagarden G/S/vP 3/.333 3/1.666 ··· 2/.000 ··· ··· ··· 1/.000 1/.000 1/2.000 ··· ··· 165/129 .196/.262/.372/.634 .923/.548 .629 59/.750 0/0 6/5
13.Vizquel# G/S/vP 7/.143 ··· ··· 1/.000 ··· ··· 4/1.250 1/2.000 ··· ··· ··· 5/1.000 152/122 .307/.354/.387/.741 1.085/.650 .698 44/.782 4/0 1/0
10.Young G/S/vP 5/1.400 16/.688 7/1.000 10/.100 1/.000 ··· 11/1.136 1/2.000 9/.777 1/2.000 1/.000 10/.700 548/395 .328/.381/.538/.919 .893/.929 .878 114/.953 8/3 22/7
IP 150.2 153.0 161.2 34.1 47.1 2.2 62.2 9.0 39.0 7.0 49.2 50.2 TOTAL .259/.321/.456/.777 .770/.780 .719 .805 118/23 190/87
ERA-K/9 5.20/6.3 4.47/7.4 4.29/3.8 6.55/8.1 4.37/6.3 13.50/3.3 2.30/5.9 8.00/9.0 5.31/5.8 5.14/3.9 1.99/7.6 1.78/11.7 4.75/6.4

 Catcher Def.
 (SB-CS-PB)

OF G: LF / CF / RF - A

BF/BA 640/.293 628/.247 703/.297 162/.292 182/.268 16/.385 240/.199 50/.415 174/.293 32/.321 201/.211 191/.170 .276
OPS .795 .704 .793 .840 .745 1.038 .561 1.008 .843 .732 .617 .504 .772
vs LHB (BF-OPS) 338/.729 321/.599 398/.851 71/1.092 64/.629 12/.962 99/.441 21/1.004 90/.852 19/.541 87/.439 96/.542 .770
vs RHB (BF-OPS) 302/.867 307/.813 305/.719 91/.646 118/.809 4/1.250 141/.644 29/.984 84/.834 13/1.038 114/.756 95/.468 .774
Home 270/.772 325/.639 323/.766 88/.841 94/.789 16/1.038 115/.613 25/.920 75/.887 17/.437 101/.620 94/.308
Last 28d days 136/.659 130/.587 109/1.010 51/.697 84/.748 16/1.038 44/.708 24/.833 85/.948 32/.732 50/.469 35/.766
HR/SB/CS 21/26/6 22/7/3 20/10/2 3/2/1 5/0/1 0/0/0 6/2/1 1/1/0 3/0/1 0/1/0 5/5/0 3/3/0 147/79/28
Usage ·····X·· ····X··· ··X····X ···X··o· X·····X· X·X···Xo ···X·oX· ··X··X·· ···Xo·Xo X···X··X
Twins Batters (5.00 RS/G) vs. Rangers Pitchers (4.37 RA/G) -- OPS ranges: bad - ≤.650; avg: .750; good: ≥.850
PA/OPS 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
35.Hunter
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 16/.646 ··· 12/.167 14/.630 4/1.250 3/.000 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 6/.834 1/.000 ··· ··· 3/1.167 1/.000 2/2.000 8/.500 3/.000 ··· 2/.000 225/154 .206/.287/.266/.553 .510/.579 .546 50/.834 10/0 0/5
24.Crede G/S/vP 10/.800 1/.000 4/.000 6/.833 2/.000 2/.500 1/.000 23/.478 ··· 3/1.167 ··· 362/259 .229/.293/.421/.714 .560/.775 .751 58/.564 0/0 15/4
5.Cuddyer G/S/vP 12/1.947 ··· 6/.200 8/1.071 5/.400 3/.000 4/.750 22/1.217 ··· 4/.500 7/.143 502/370 .274/.343/.511/.854 .934/.825 .875 93/.890 5/1 22/6
22.Gomez G/S/vP 5/.400 1/.000 1/.000 3/2.334 4/.833 ··· 5/1.150 10/.733 1/3.000 1/.000 3/.000 301/197 .242/.297/.359/.656 .654/.658 .561 55/.707 11/5 3/1
23.Harris G/S/vP 10/.888 1/.000 3/.666 4/1.000 2/1.000 3/.000 2/.500 8/1.000 2/.000 3/.000 3/.333 377/253 .261/.306/.368/.674 .770/.629 .829 45/.668 0/1 6/8
16.Kubel* G/S/vP 7/.286 1/.000 ··· 6/1.500 ··· 3/1.167 2/no AB 13/.846 1/no AB 3/1.000 4/.250 438/329 .301/.370/.523/.893 .614/.987 .908 83/.794 1/1 20/0
7.Mauer* G/S/vP 11/1.000 1/2.000 3/.333 2/.000 6/.334 3/2.667 3/2.333 32/.882 2/1.500 1/no AB 11/.282 452/293 .373/.442/.622/1.064 .843/1.188 1.117 111/1.164 3/1 25/3
33.Morneau* G/S/vP 11/.788 ··· 7/.453 6/1.000 3/.667 2/.000 2/1.000 22/1.608 2/2.500 2/.000 11/.773 529/335 .295/.384/.555/.939 .930/.943 .978 78/.779 0/0 29/2
8.Punto# G/S/vP 7/.829 1/.000 1/no AB 7/1.371 4/1.750 2/.000 1/2.000 23/1.144 ··· 1/2.000 5/.400 325/233 .209/.312/.257/.570 .555/.568 .575 54/.552 9/2 1/7
55.Redmond G/S/vP 1/.000 1/2.000 2/2.000 2/.000 2/.000 ··· ··· 18/.583 ··· ··· 2/.000 129/85 .256/.326/.299/.625 .916/.477 .603 21/.817 0/0 0/0
2.Span* G/S/vP 6/.334 1/.000 ··· ··· 6/1.000 3/.333 2/1.000 7/.929 3/.666 ··· 3/.666 520/365 .306/.395/.404/.798 .861/.772 .877 115/.928 19/7 6/5
21.Young G/S/vP 11/.818 1/.000 4/.000 2/2.000 4/1.750 2/1.500 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 144.1 16.1 37.0 39.1 109.0 73.1 33.0 161.0 47.0 46.2 58.0 TOTAL .272/.343/.427/.771 .773/.769 .791 .813 66/21 139/69
ERA-K/9 3.87/5.4 0.55/11.6 3.65/10.2 4.35/8.7 4.95/7.1 2.95/5.4 3.00/4.6 3.63/5.5 4.02/7.5 1.74/8.5 2.95/9.9 4.19/6.2

 Catcher Def.
 (SB-CS-PB)

OF G: LF / CF / RF - A

BF/BA 593/.250 56/.093 152/.227 179/.261 470/.274 272/.230 132/.240 689/.255 210/.250 184/.196 251/.225 .259
OPS .693 .273 .680 .735 .806 .682 .642 .741 .706 .536 .653 .747
vs LHB (BF-OPS) 319/.664 32/.421 80/.682 82/.714 131/.795 147/.850 55/.644 341/.724 119/.758 57/.741 85/.463 .759
vs RHB (BF-OPS) 274/.727 24/.083 72/.678 97/.751 339/.810 125/.491 77/.640 348/.758 91/.638 127/.440 166/.747 .737
Road 289/.650 39/.238 84/.678 76/.641 228/.700 99/.605 33/.524 326/.797 145/.722 89/.606 123/.855
Last 28d days 132/.664 56/.273 43/.909 14/.539 127/.718 126/.728 28/.949 107/.868 122/.740 35/.452 55/.665
HR/SB/CS 15/12/6 1/1/0 5/1/0 3/4/1 19/8/1 7/6/2 2/0/0 20/13/7 5/9/1 3/7/1 3/3/1 139/82/33
Usage ·····X·· ···X··X· ·X·X·o·· ·X·o··o· ··X····· 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.