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Game Preview: TBR @ MIN, 2:10pm, Sunday, July 4, 2010 @Target Field

Rays, 47-33, 47-33 3rd, 2 GB

SP: James Shields (28, RHP, 6-8, 4.76)

2010 Gamelogs / 2010 Splits / vs. MIN Current Lineup
Split IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA/Pit GSc
2010 (6-8) 104.0 119 62 55 24 98 17 4.76
2009 (11-12) 219.2 239 113 101 52 167 29 4.14
2008 (14-8) 215.0 208 94 85 40 160 24 3.56
Last 7 GS 0-7 41.2 52 37 34 11 32 8 7.34 40
2010-06-29 @BOS L 5.0 7 5 5 2 6 1 109 37
2010-06-23 SDP L 7.0 6 4 4 1 7 2 96 55
2010-06-17 @ATL L 6.0 5 3 3 1 3 1 82 52
2010-06-11 FLA L 3.1 9 10 10 3 4 1 77 3
2010-06-05 @TEX L 7.0 10 6 3 1 4 1 106 42
2010-05-30 CHW L 5.1 11 7 7 1 3 2 108 20
2010-05-25 BOS L 8.0 4 2 2 2 5 0 107 69
Last 5 v.MIN 2-0 32.1 39 19 16 10 25 3 4.45 47
2009-05-29 MIN W 7.0 7 2 2 1 5 1 99 59
2009-04-28 @MIN ND 6.2 7 3 3 4 4 1 100 48
2008-09-18 MIN ND 6.1 8 6 5 2 3 1 90 36
2008-04-16 @MIN ND 5.0 8 5 3 1 5 0 96 39
2007-05-03 MIN W 7.1 9 3 3 2 8 0 109 54
Lineups / Orders / Splits: Bat / Pitch / GL: Bat / Pitch
 Home:   20-19   Road:   27-14   ExtrInn: 5-2 
 vsRHP:  27-24   vsLHP:  20-9    1-Run:  12-13
 vsEast: 19-10   vsCntrl:10-6    vsWest: 11-6  IL: 7-11

Last 10 Games
Gm# Date & Box   Opp W/L Score      Record   Place/GB
 80 Sat, Jul  3  @MIN  W   8-6       47-33  3rd  2.0 gb
 79 Fri, Jul  2  @MIN  L   1-2       46-33  3rd  2.0 gb
 78 Thu, Jul  1  @MIN  W   5-4 (10)  46-32  3rd  2.0 gb
 77 Wed, Jun 30  @BOS  W   9-4       45-32  3rd  2.0 gb
 76 Tue, Jun 29  @BOS  L   5-8       44-32  3rd  3.0 gb
 75 Sun, Jun 27   ARI  L   1-2       44-31  3rd  3.0 gb
 74 Sat, Jun 26   ARI  W   5-3       44-30  2nd  2.0 gb
 73 Fri, Jun 25   ARI  L   0-1       43-30  2nd  3.0 gb
 72 Thu, Jun 24   SDP  W   5-3       43-29  2nd  2.0 gb
 71 Wed, Jun 23   SDP  L   4-5       42-29  2nd  2.5 gb
 Last 10: 5-5    Last 20: 8-12   Last 30:13-17
Twins, 44-37, 44-37 1st, Tied

SP: Nick Blackburn (28, RHP, 7-5, 6.02)

2010 Gamelogs / 2010 Splits / vs. TBR Current Lineup
Split IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA/Pit GSc
2010 (7-5) 86.2 118 59 58 24 30 14 6.02
2009 (11-11) 205.2 240 103 92 41 98 25 4.03
2008 (11-11) 193.1 224 102 87 39 96 23 4.05
Last 7 GS 2-4 32.2 54 31 31 11 15 6 8.54 34
2010-06-29 DET W 7.0 7 4 4 2 4 0 97 49
2010-06-24 @MIL L 3.2 6 5 5 3 2 2 77 28
2010-06-18 @PHI L 1.2 6 8 8 3 2 2 50 10
2010-06-12 ATL ND 7.0 6 2 2 2 5 1 98 60
2010-06-06 @OAK L 2.2 10 5 5 1 0 0 67 17
2010-06-01 @SEA L 3.2 10 5 5 0 0 1 80 21
2010-05-27 NYY W 7.0 9 2 2 0 2 0 92 53
Last 5 v.TBR 2-1 14.1 21 10 10 5 4 2 6.28 40
2009-05-31 @TBR W 6.0 7 2 2 1 1 2 98 50
2009-04-29 TBR W 7.0 8 2 2 1 3 0 104 55
2008-09-19 @TBR L 1.1 6 6 6 3 0 0 42 15
Lineups / Orders / Splits: Bat / Pitch / GL: Bat / Pitch
 Home:   26-16   Road:   18-21   ExtrInn: 5-3 
 vsRHP:  28-25   vsLHP:  16-12   1-Run:  14-12
 vsEast:  8-12   vsCntrl:19-10   vsWest:  9-5  IL: 8-10

Last 10 Games
Gm# Date & Box   Opp W/L Score      Record   Place/GB
 81 Sat, Jul  3   TBR  L   6-8       44-37  1st    Tied
 80 Fri, Jul  2   TBR  W   2-1       44-36  1st  1.0 up
 79 Thu, Jul  1   TBR  L   4-5 (10)  43-36  1st  1.0 up
 78 Wed, Jun 30   DET  W   5-1       43-35  1st  1.5 up
 77 Tue, Jun 29   DET  W  11-4       42-35  1st  0.5 up
 76 Mon, Jun 28   DET  L   5-7       41-35  2nd  0.5 gb
 75 Sun, Jun 27  @NYM  L   0-6       41-34  1st  0.5 up
 74 Sat, Jun 26  @NYM  W   6-0       41-33  1st  1.5 up
 73 Fri, Jun 25  @NYM  L   2-5       40-33  1st  0.5 up
 72 Thu, Jun 24  @MIL  L   0-5       40-32  1st  0.5 up
 Last 10: 4-6    Last 20: 8-12   Last 30:13-17
Last 10 games for these teams head-to-head
Sat, Jul 03, 2010 TBR  8 @MIN  6        W:Randy Choate (1-2), L: Matt Guerrier (1-4), S: Rafael Soriano (20)
Fri, Jul 02, 2010 MIN  2  TBR  1        W:Scott Baker (7-7), L: David Price (11-4), S: Jon Rauch (18)
Thu, Jul 01, 2010 TBR  5 @MIN  4 (10)   W:Lance Cormier (3-1), L: Matt Guerrier (1-3), S: Rafael Soriano (19)

Sun, May 31, 2009 MIN  3 @TBR  2        W:Nick Blackburn (5-2), L: Matt Garza (4-4), S: Joe Nathan (9)
Sat, May 30, 2009 TBR  5  MIN  2        W:David Price (1-0), L: Francisco Liriano (2-7), S: Randy Choate (2)
Fri, May 29, 2009 TBR  5  MIN  3        W:James Shields (4-4), L: Scott Baker (2-6), S: Randy Choate (1)
Wed, Apr 29, 2009 MIN  8  TBR  3        W:Nick Blackburn (2-1), L: Scott Kazmir (3-2), S: none
Tue, Apr 28, 2009 MIN  4  TBR  3        W:Joe Nathan (1-0), L: J.P. Howell (0-2), S: none
Mon, Apr 27, 2009 TBR  7 @MIN  1        W:Jeff Niemann (2-2), L: Scott Baker (0-3), S: none
Sun, Sep 21, 2008 MIN  4 @TBR  1        W:Francisco Liriano (6-3), L: Andy Sonnanstine (13-8), S: Joe Nathan (38)
Season Series: 2010 - TBR leads 2-1; 2009 - Tied 3-3; 2008 - Tied 3-3; All-Time - MIN leads 54-41

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 2010 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

BOS  5.52

DET  4.56

PIT  3.20

RA/G

SDP  3.30

FLA  4.41

ARI  5.74

BA

R. Cano  .346

M. Tejada  .279

L. Valbuena  .166

OBP

J. Morneau  .436

D. Span  .351

A. Ramirez  .242

SLG

M. Cabrera  .631

J. Uribe  .448

L. Valbuena  .245

OPS

J. Morneau  1.048

D. Barton  .806

T. Manzella  .513

ERA

J. Johnson  1.82

E. Santana  3.95

N. Blackburn  6.02

K/9IP

J. Weaver  10.27

A. Harang  6.73

N. Blackburn  3.11

Baseball-Reference.com-- Baseball's History: 1871-Now

Rays Batters (5.05 RS/G) vs. Twins Pitchers (4.05 RA/G) -- OPS ranges: bad - ≤.650; avg: .750; good: ≥.850
PA/OPS 53.Blackburn
G/S/vB
31.Burnett
G/S/vB
28.Crain
G/S/vB
54.Guerrier
G/S/vB
47.Liriano*
G/S/vB
32.Mahay*
G/S/vB
50.Mijares*
G/S/vB
60.Rauch
G/S/vB
PA/vRHBA/OBP/SLG/OPSvLH/RHRdLast 28dSB/CSHR/E
16.Aybar# G/S/vP 4/.000 ··· ··· 2/2.500 11/.404 4/1.833 4/.750 1/.000 141/60 .254/.298/.408/.706 .686/.778 .685 42/.746 0/0 5/0
8.Bartlett G/S/vP 4/.500 1/3.000 ··· 4/.500 5/1.000 3/1.333 ··· 2/.000 262/172 .221/.309/.327/.636 .574/.668 .632 50/.547 3/2 2/7
15.Brignac* G/S/vP 2/2.500 ··· 1/.000 1/2.000 ··· 1/.000 ··· 1/2.000 194/166 .277/.340/.384/.724 .863/.702 .672 57/.556 2/1 2/8
13.Crawford* G/S/vP 7/.629 ··· 2/.000 6/.334 12/.606 11/.664 2/3.000 2/1.000 334/218 .320/.379/.495/.874 .709/.960 .909 84/1.033 29/8 7/2
28.Jaso* G/S/vP ··· ··· 1/2.000 1/.000 ··· ··· ··· ··· 191/161 .274/.398/.389/.786 .507/.839 1.019 68/.603 3/0 3/3
20.Joyce* G/S/vP 9/.778 ··· 1/.000 3/4.000 ··· 2/.500 ··· ··· 27/27 .200/.407/.400/.807 /.807 1.103 27/.807 1/1 1/0
19.Kapler G/S/vP ··· ··· 3/1.167 5/.400 8/.804 ··· 2/.000 2/.000 100/23 .218/.303/.276/.579 .552/.669 .597 11/.364 1/1 1/0
3.Longoria G/S/vP 8/.625 1/.000 1/2.000 4/1.417 11/.637 3/.000 2/.000 1/3.000 351/236 .294/.368/.500/.868 .920/.842 .755 103/.678 12/2 12/10
23.Pena* G/S/vP 8/1.232 ··· 3/1.666 2/1.000 10/.567 10/.522 5/.000 4/.000 327/222 .196/.312/.406/.718 .658/.746 .642 97/.887 2/1 16/4
1.Rodriguez G/S/vP ··· 1/2.000 2/.000 2/.000 3/.666 2/.000 ··· 1/.000 201/148 .267/.303/.417/.720 .751/.709 .713 90/.785 6/2 5/1
10.Shoppach G/S/vP 9/2.111 ··· 8/2.083 9/.347 17/.661 2/3.000 2/.500 ··· 58/30 .227/.386/.364/.750 1.291/.292 .652 41/.762 0/0 1/0
2.Upton G/S/vP 4/.500 ··· 1/2.000 5/.200 13/.917 5/1.800 1/2.000 ··· 301/203 .223/.319/.398/.717 .961/.604 .743 84/.669 24/6 7/4
18.Zobrist# G/S/vP 6/.666 ··· 1/2.000 4/.500 8/.393 4/.500 2/.500 2/.500 345/235 .288/.374/.404/.778 .671/.821 .852 101/.639 14/2 5/1
IP 86.2 34.2 32.1 38.1 105.2 23.0 17.0 32.0 TOTAL .255/.338/.402/.740 .711/.753 .744 .728 98/28 71/55
ERA-K/9 6.02/3.1 3.63/7.0 4.18/7.8 2.82/6.3 3.32/9.9 3.91/6.7 2.65/5.8 2.53/6.5 3.91/6.6

 Catcher Def.
 (SB-CS-PB)
 Jaso (23-10-3)
 Shoppach (9-2-1)

OF G: LF / CF / RF - A

BF/BA 386/.331 149/.267 143/.256 157/.221 437/.252 95/.258 71/.262 130/.264 .266  Crawford
 Zobrist
 Upton
 Rodriguez
 Joyce
 Brignac
 Kapler
74/0/0/7
1/7/69/4
0/75/0/2
3/7/5/0
4/0/3/0
0/0/2/0
7/0/31/0
OPS .913 .764 .758 .623 .636 .654 .776 .687 .731
vs LHB (BF-OPS) 189/.928 57/.688 55/.932 62/.755 85/.414 46/.490 32/.719 68/.770 .713
vs RHB (BF-OPS) 197/.899 92/.798 88/.649 95/.538 352/.693 49/.812 39/.820 62/.596 .744
Home 198/.726 84/.742 57/.817 75/.744 229/.596 42/.472 43/.702 66/.712
Last 28d days 92/.985 40/1.136 37/.602 56/.931 135/.590 33/.678 27/.776 36/.565
HR/SB/CS 14/1/2 2/2/0 3/1/0 3/1/1 2/6/2 3/3/1 3/0/1 3/0/1 77/40/16
Usage ····X··· o·o···X· ·oo··X·· X·oo·XX· X····X·· o·o···X· o·Xoo·X· ·oXX····
Twins Batters (4.67 RS/G) vs. Rays Pitchers (3.85 RA/G) -- OPS ranges: bad - ≤.650; avg: .750; good: ≥.850
PA/OPS 33.Shields
G/S/vB
50.Balfour
G/S/vB
53.Benoit
G/S/vB
36.Choate*
G/S/vB
31.Cormier
G/S/vB
21.Sonnanstine
G/S/vB
29.Soriano
G/S/vB
35.Wheeler
G/S/vB
PA/vRHBA/OBP/SLG/OPSvLH/RHHmLast 28dSB/CSHR/E
41.Butera G/S/vP ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· 49/25 .178/.213/.267/.479 .356/.598 .586 13/.879 0/0 1/1
5.Cuddyer G/S/vP 9/1.556 2/1.500 8/1.500 ··· 3/.666 ··· 2/2.500 1/.000 329/223 .264/.328/.416/.744 .947/.653 .810 96/.587 2/1 7/3
27.Hardy G/S/vP ··· ··· ··· ··· 2/1.000 ··· 7/.000 4/.500 152/107 .225/.272/.345/.617 .448/.685 .617 4/1.250 0/0 3/1
1.Hudson# G/S/vP 6/.733 2/.000 5/.650 1/.000 6/.533 ··· 3/.000 2/2.500 291/186 .274/.346/.375/.721 .747/.705 .802 69/.472 6/1 3/3
16.Kubel* G/S/vP 16/1.233 ··· 5/.733 ··· 3/.000 3/.000 1/.000 1/.000 287/201 .260/.345/.440/.785 .741/.802 .822 86/.953 0/0 10/2
7.Mauer* G/S/vP 17/1.196 1/.000 5/.000 3/1.000 1/.000 4/2.417 1/.000 2/2.500 304/187 .303/.378/.434/.813 .730/.864 .791 96/.781 1/2 3/3
33.Morneau* G/S/vP 18/.778 1/.000 11/.546 1/.000 3/.666 3/.000 2/.000 3/.333 335/209 .342/.436/.613/1.048 .990/1.085 .905 99/.780 0/0 17/1
8.Punto# G/S/vP 15/.800 2/1.000 5/.200 ··· 1/.000 ··· 2/.000 5/.400 214/141 .253/.330/.323/.653 .605/.652 .683 85/.756 5/0 1/5
18.Repko G/S/vP ··· ··· ··· ··· 4/2.500 ··· ··· ··· 5/3 .400/.400/.400/.800 1.000/.667 2.000 5/.800 0/0 0/0
2.Span* G/S/vP 15/.277 2/.000 ··· 2/.000 2/1.000 4/.500 2/1.000 2/1.000 375/247 .278/.351/.384/.735 .727/.739 .919 107/.830 16/1 3/3
25.Thome* G/S/vP 17/.820 4/1.500 5/1.400 8/.393 6/.500 12/.916 ··· 9/1.222 152/113 .258/.388/.597/.985 .555/1.155 1.003 31/1.458 0/0 10/0
19.Valencia G/S/vP ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· 53/30 .333/.396/.354/.750 .785/.724 1.039 38/.859 1/0 0/0
21.Young G/S/vP 6/.500 3/.000 6/.533 ··· 2/.000 ··· 1/.000 2/1.000 276/185 .295/.330/.484/.814 .786/.827 .846 90/.873 3/2 9/3
IP 104.0 33.1 23.2 20.0 32.0 41.2 29.2 24.2 TOTAL .272/.344/.420/.764 .738/.778 .796 .775 34/10 70/41
ERA-K/9 4.76/8.5 2.16/8.9 0.76/12.9 5.85/9.9 4.50/3.4 3.67/5.8 1.52/7.9 3.28/10.2 3.59/7.4

 Catcher Def.
 (SB-CS-PB)
 Butera (5-5-1)
 Mauer (31-11-4)

OF G: LF / CF / RF - A

BF/BA 453/.281 130/.218 81/.118 83/.227 149/.308 171/.241 111/.163 101/.200 .241  Young
 Cuddyer
 Span
 Kubel
 Repko
71/0/0/6
0/2/64/4
0/80/0/3
16/0/24/3
0/0/2/1
OPS .794 .591 .358 .649 .839 .716 .486 .656 .703
vs LHB (BF-OPS) 238/.791 47/.669 35/.330 65/.482 81/.807 66/.738 42/.475 16/.679 .704
vs RHB (BF-OPS) 215/.798 83/.546 46/.378 18/1.289 68/.877 105/.702 69/.491 85/.652 .701
Road 236/.773 74/.555 39/.370 29/.780 77/.742 79/.665 58/.405 50/.809
Last 28d days 103/.886 31/.669 38/.380 17/.502 48/.806 63/.649 24/.292 30/.838
HR/SB/CS 17/5/2 1/1/2 2/1/0 2/1/1 2/3/1 6/2/0 2/3/0 3/1/1 86/45/20
Usage ····X··· o·oX···· X·oo··X· o·oo··o· o·o·X··· ····X··· o·o····o o···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.