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Game Preview: TEX @ MIN, 2:10pm, Sunday, August 30, 2009 @Hubert H Humphrey Metrodome

Rangers, 72-56, 2nd, 4 GB, 2½ GB in WC

SP: Kevin Millwood (34, RHP, 10-8, 3.63)

2009 Gamelogs / 2009 Splits / vs. MIN Current Lineup
Split IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA/Pit GSc
2009 (10-8) 161.0 157 69 65 59 99 20 3.63
2008 (9-10) 168.2 220 104 95 49 125 18 5.07
2007 (10-14) 172.2 213 111 99 67 123 19 5.16
Last 7 GS 2-2 37.0 39 19 19 17 25 5 4.62 48
2009-08-25 @NYY W 5.2 7 5 5 5 2 2 107 32
2009-08-19 MIN L 5.2 7 5 5 3 4 0 113 36
2009-08-14 BOS ND 5.2 3 1 1 5 4 0 110 58
2009-08-08 @LAA ND 6.0 9 2 2 1 5 1 101 50
2009-07-26 @KCR ND 2.0 1 0 0 0 2 0 43 56
2009-07-20 BOS W 6.0 6 2 2 1 3 0 111 54
2009-07-11 @SEA L 6.0 6 4 4 2 5 2 114 47
Last 5 v.MIN 0-4 31.2 40 20 18 14 19 2 5.12 43
2009-08-19 MIN L 5.2 7 5 5 3 4 0 113 36
2008-07-18 @MIN L 6.1 11 5 5 1 6 0 114 36
2008-04-25 MIN ND 6.0 8 5 5 3 6 1 98 39
2007-09-18 @MIN L 6.2 10 4 2 2 0 0 110 40
2007-08-19 @MIN L 7.0 4 1 1 5 3 1 98 63
Lineups / Orders / Splits: Bat / Pitch / GL: Bat / Pitch
 Home:   41-24   Road:   31-32   ExtrInn: 6-4 
 vsRHP:  46-35   vsLHP:  26-21   1-Run:  17-14
 vsEast: 21-16   vsCntrl:18-18   vsWest: 24-13 IL: 9-9 

Last 10 Games
Gm# Date & Box   Opp W/L Score      Record   Place/GB
128 Sat, Aug 29  @MIN  W   3-0       72-56  2nd  4.0 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
 Last 10: 5-5    Last 20:11-9    Last 30:16-14
Twins, 64-65, 2nd, 4½ GB, 11 GB in WC

SP: Scott Baker (27, RHP, 12-7, 4.47)

2009 Gamelogs / 2009 Splits / vs. TEX Current Lineup
Split IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA/Pit GSc
2009 (12-7) 153.0 146 77 76 30 125 22 4.47
2008 (11-4) 172.1 161 66 66 42 141 20 3.45
2007 (9-9) 143.2 162 70 68 29 102 15 4.26
Last 7 GS 4-0 43.2 38 14 14 7 35 3 2.89 58
2009-08-24 BAL W 7.0 4 1 1 1 5 0 95 69
2009-08-19 @TEX W 5.1 9 4 4 2 6 0 109 38
2009-08-14 CLE W 9.0 2 0 0 0 5 0 94 88
2009-08-09 @DET ND 4.1 9 6 6 0 3 2 72 24
2009-08-04 @CLE W 7.0 3 0 0 1 4 0 109 74
2009-07-28 CHW ND 6.0 4 1 1 0 6 1 115 66
2009-07-23 @LAA ND 5.0 7 2 2 3 6 0 104 48
Last 5 v.TEX 2-2 29.0 32 19 18 7 30 4 5.59 48
2009-08-19 @TEX W 5.1 9 4 4 2 6 0 109 38
2009-07-18 @TEX W 8.0 6 1 1 2 8 1 114 72
2008-07-20 TEX L 8.0 2 1 1 1 8 1 106 81
2008-04-26 @TEX ND 4.1 8 5 5 1 7 0 79 33
2006-08-01 TEX L 3.1 7 8 7 1 1 2 72 16
Lineups / Orders / Splits: Bat / Pitch / GL: Bat / Pitch
 Home:   36-29   Road:   28-36   ExtrInn: 5-7 
 vsRHP:  45-40   vsLHP:  19-25   1-Run:  19-18
 vsEast:  8-20   vsCntrl:27-20   vsWest: 17-19 IL:12-6 

Last 10 Games
Gm# Date & Box   Opp W/L Score      Record   Place/GB
129 Sat, Aug 29   TEX  L   0-3       64-65  2nd  4.5 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
 Last 10: 7-3    Last 20:11-9    Last 30:15-15
Last 10 games for these teams head-to-head
Fri, Aug 28, 2009 MIN  3  TEX  2        W:Brian Duensing (2-1), L: Tommy Hunter (6-3), S: Joe Nathan (33)
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
Season Series: 2009 - MIN leads 5-4; 2008 - Tied 5-5; 2007 - MIN won 7-2; All-Time - MIN leads 345-307

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

DET  4.61

SDP  3.87

RA/G

SFG  3.78

NYM  4.66

WSN  5.43

BA

J. Mauer  .372

A. Callaspo  .290

B. Schneider  .179

OBP

J. Mauer  .441

H. Matsui  .362

R. Cedeno  .239

SLG

A. Pujols  .666

J. Dye  .479

N. Punto  .257

OPS

A. Pujols  1.106

J. Rivera  .837

B. Giles  .548

ERA

C. Carpenter  2.20

J. Lannan  3.95

B. Penny  5.61

K/9IP

J. Verlander  10.49

D. Davis  6.79

J. Lannan  3.68

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Rangers Batters (4.84 RS/G) vs. Twins Pitchers (4.91 RA/G) -- OPS ranges: bad - ≤.650; avg: .750; good: ≥.850
PA/OPS 30.Baker
G/S/vB
53.Blackburn
G/S/vB
28.Crain
G/S/vB
52.Duensing*
G/S/vB
54.Guerrier
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
60.Rauch
G/S/vB
PA/vRHBA/OBP/SLG/OPSvLH/RHRdLast 28dSB/CSHR/E
1.Andrus G/S/vP 6/1.167 ··· ··· 3/1.000 3/1.333 5/.700 1/.000 ··· 2/1.000 ··· ··· 403/282 .267/.331/.379/.710 .711/.708 .592 86/.784 24/3 5/16
9.Blalock* G/S/vP 11/.282 3/1.000 3/.666 1/.000 3/.666 5/.650 1/2.000 4/.000 11/.705 2/2.000 1/.000 431/310 .238/.276/.473/.749 .689/.773 .822 90/.575 2/0 23/5
29.Borbon* G/S/vP 3/.666 ··· ··· ··· 1/.000 1/3.000 1/2.000 ··· ··· 3/2.000 ··· 52/49 .378/.440/.489/.929 .000/.970 .461 47/.992 10/1 1/2
22.Byrd G/S/vP 10/.900 2/1.000 1/.000 2/1.500 5/.000 2/.000 1/no AB 2/.000 5/.000 23/1.114 2/.000 472/328 .281/.324/.483/.807 .765/.825 .693 99/.883 8/2 15/2
17.Cruz G/S/vP 3/2.667 ··· ··· 3/.666 1/.000 1/.000 1/.000 ··· 6/1.000 1/no AB ··· 411/290 .263/.341/.540/.880 .662/.968 .796 38/.709 17/3 27/3
19.Davis* G/S/vP 3/.000 ··· ··· 2/.000 1/2.000 ··· ··· ··· 1/.000 1/.000 ··· 294/203 .208/.262/.420/.682 .526/.751 .726 17/.853 0/0 16/2
32.Hamilton* G/S/vP 10/.633 6/1.000 1/2.000 4/.000 4/.750 2/.000 2/1.000 3/.333 3/2.334 5/1.067 1/.000 332/225 .270/.319/.411/.730 .864/.667 .863 108/.910 8/3 8/1
5.Kinsler G/S/vP 15/.619 7/1.286 4/.000 3/.333 10/.600 7/.143 1/.000 1/.000 8/.250 4/3.000 1/.000 502/362 .247/.321/.503/.825 1.064/.732 .663 57/1.059 28/2 28/8
14.Murphy* G/S/vP 11/.282 6/.833 1/no AB 5/.200 4/1.750 1/.000 ··· 2/.000 10/.633 2/.000 2/.500 357/282 .263/.339/.442/.781 .634/.820 .778 85/.759 7/4 12/1
7.Rodriguez G/S/vP 25/.695 2/.000 5/.500 3/.000 19/1.000 1/.000 ··· ··· 16/.780 ··· ··· 365/289 .254/.286/.387/.673 .776/.645 .675 62/.651 1/2 9/4
2.Teagarden G/S/vP 3/1.666 ··· 2/.000 3/.000 ··· 1/.000 1/2.000 ··· ··· 3/.333 ··· 168/129 .192/.257/.364/.622 .850/.548 .606 62/.711 0/0 6/5
13.Vizquel# G/S/vP ··· ··· 1/.000 ··· 4/1.250 ··· ··· ··· 5/1.000 7/.143 10/.708 152/122 .307/.354/.387/.741 1.085/.650 .698 40/.828 4/0 1/0
10.Young G/S/vP 16/.688 7/1.000 10/.100 4/.500 12/1.027 9/.777 1/2.000 1/.000 10/.700 5/1.400 2/.000 552/396 .327/.380/.536/.916 .888/.927 .872 114/.953 8/3 22/7
IP 153.0 161.2 35.2 47.1 62.2 39.0 7.0 50.2 50.2 156.2 54.1 TOTAL .259/.321/.455/.776 .761/.782 .716 .799 120/24 190/87
ERA-K/9 4.47/7.4 4.29/3.8 6.31/8.1 4.37/6.3 2.30/5.9 5.31/5.8 5.14/3.9 2.13/7.8 1.78/11.7 5.11/6.4 4.14/5.8 4.73/6.4

 Catcher Def.
 (SB-CS-PB)

OF G: LF / CF / RF - A

BF/BA 628/.247 703/.297 162/.292 207/.249 244/.204 174/.293 32/.321 201/.211 197/.177 640/.293 235/.266 .275
OPS .704 .793 .840 .686 .569 .843 .732 .617 .527 .795 .736 .771
vs LHB (BF-OPS) 321/.599 398/.851 71/1.092 72/.556 100/.458 90/.852 19/.541 87/.439 100/.565 338/.729 117/.762 .768
vs RHB (BF-OPS) 307/.813 305/.719 91/.646 135/.757 144/.644 84/.834 13/1.038 114/.756 97/.490 302/.867 118/.710 .773
Home 325/.639 323/.766 88/.841 119/.676 119/.627 75/.887 17/.437 101/.620 100/.364 270/.772 138/.761
Last 28d days 130/.587 109/1.010 48/.699 109/.637 48/.734 72/.869 32/.732 50/.469 41/.841 136/.659 39/.842
HR/SB/CS 22/7/3 20/10/2 3/2/1 5/1/1 6/3/2 3/0/1 0/1/0 5/5/0 3/3/0 21/26/6 5/5/0 147/81/29
Usage ·····X·· ···X···· o···X··o ·X·····X ·X·X···X ····X·oX ···X··X· o···Xo·X ·X···X·· X·····X· ····X·X·
Twins Batters (4.96 RS/G) vs. Rangers Pitchers (4.34 RA/G) -- OPS ranges: bad - ≤.650; avg: .750; good: ≥.850
PA/OPS 33.Millwood
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
35.Hunter
G/S/vB
52.Mathis
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 98/.760 16/.646 ··· 12/.167 14/.630 4/1.250 7/.000 1/2.000 4/.833 1/2.000 9/.730 561/397 .277/.310/.369/.679 .657/.688 .680 108/.647 13/4 5/19
25.Casilla# G/S/vP 8/.500 6/.834 1/.000 ··· ··· 3/1.167 4/.250 2/2.000 3/.000 ··· 2/.000 228/157 .204/.288/.264/.551 .510/.575 .541 53/.812 10/0 0/5
5.Cuddyer G/S/vP 22/1.217 12/1.947 ··· 6/.200 8/1.071 5/.400 6/.334 4/.750 ··· 4/.500 7/.143 505/373 .275/.343/.510/.852 .934/.824 .872 96/.883 5/1 22/6
22.Gomez G/S/vP 10/.733 5/.400 1/.000 1/.000 3/2.334 4/.833 ··· 5/1.150 1/3.000 1/.000 3/.000 301/197 .242/.297/.359/.656 .654/.658 .561 51/.682 11/5 3/1
23.Harris G/S/vP 8/1.000 10/.888 1/.000 3/.666 4/1.000 2/1.000 6/.666 2/.500 2/.000 3/.000 3/.333 380/256 .265/.309/.370/.679 .770/.638 .837 48/.713 0/1 6/8
16.Kubel* G/S/vP 13/.846 7/.286 1/.000 ··· 6/1.500 ··· 6/1.300 2/no AB 1/no AB 3/1.000 4/.250 442/333 .301/.369/.525/.894 .614/.988 .911 87/.805 1/1 20/0
7.Mauer* G/S/vP 32/.882 11/1.000 1/2.000 3/.333 2/.000 6/.334 6/1.667 3/2.333 2/1.500 1/no AB 11/.282 456/297 .372/.441/.618/1.059 .843/1.177 1.105 110/1.195 3/1 25/3
58.Morales# G/S/vP ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· 73/59 .343/.397/.403/.800 1.000/.755 .575 / 0/0 0/2
33.Morneau* G/S/vP 22/1.608 11/.788 ··· 7/.453 6/1.000 3/.667 5/.000 2/1.000 2/2.500 2/.000 11/.773 533/339 .293/.381/.550/.931 .930/.931 .963 77/.660 0/0 29/2
8.Punto# G/S/vP 23/1.144 7/.829 1/.000 1/no AB 7/1.371 4/1.750 2/.000 1/2.000 ··· 1/2.000 5/.400 325/233 .209/.312/.257/.570 .555/.568 .575 50/.513 9/2 1/7
55.Redmond G/S/vP 18/.583 1/.000 1/2.000 2/2.000 2/.000 2/.000 ··· ··· ··· ··· 2/.000 129/85 .256/.326/.299/.625 .916/.477 .603 17/.620 0/0 0/0
2.Span* G/S/vP 7/.929 6/.334 1/.000 ··· ··· 6/1.000 7/.929 2/1.000 3/.666 ··· 3/.666 524/369 .308/.395/.407/.802 .861/.778 .884 114/.948 20/7 6/5
21.Young G/S/vP 9/.666 11/.818 1/.000 4/.000 2/2.000 4/1.750 5/.600 4/.000 1/2.000 5/1.467 1/.000 306/206 .264/.288/.384/.671 .861/.578 .623 81/.778 2/3 8/3
IP 161.0 150.0 17.2 38.0 39.1 109.0 73.1 33.0 47.0 46.2 59.0 TOTAL .272/.342/.427/.769 .773/.767 .788 .802 67/21 139/69
ERA-K/9 3.63/5.5 3.72/5.3 0.51/11.2 3.55/10.7 4.35/8.7 4.95/7.1 2.95/5.4 3.00/4.6 4.02/7.5 1.74/8.5 2.90/9.9 4.18/6.2

 Catcher Def.
 (SB-CS-PB)

OF G: LF / CF / RF - A

BF/BA 689/.255 593/.250 56/.093 152/.227 179/.261 470/.274 301/.232 132/.240 210/.250 184/.196 251/.225 .259
OPS .741 .693 .273 .680 .735 .806 .677 .642 .706 .536 .653 .746
vs LHB (BF-OPS) 341/.724 319/.664 32/.421 80/.682 82/.714 131/.795 163/.843 55/.644 119/.758 57/.741 85/.463 .758
vs RHB (BF-OPS) 348/.758 274/.727 24/.083 72/.678 97/.751 339/.810 138/.488 77/.640 91/.638 127/.440 166/.747 .736
Road 326/.797 289/.650 39/.238 84/.678 76/.641 228/.700 128/.612 33/.524 145/.722 89/.606 123/.855
Last 28d days 107/.868 132/.664 56/.273 43/.909 12/.639 127/.718 128/.648 28/.949 118/.730 35/.452 55/.665
HR/SB/CS 20/13/7 15/12/6 1/1/0 5/1/0 3/4/1 19/8/1 7/7/2 2/0/0 5/9/1 3/7/1 3/3/1 139/83/33
Usage ····X··· X·····X· X···X··X X·X·X·o· ··X·o··o ···X···· ·X·····X ···X···· ··X····· ····o·oX X·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.