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Game Preview: TBR @ MIN, 8:10pm, Thursday, April 28, 2011 @Target Field

Rays, 12-11, 12-11 2nd, 2 GB, 1 GB in WC

SP: Jeff Niemann (28, RHP, 0-3, 7.08)

2011 Gamelogs / 2011 Splits / vs. MIN Current Lineup
Split IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA/Pit GSc
2011 (0-3) 20.1 28 19 16 6 15 4 7.08
2010 (12-8) 174.1 159 86 85 61 131 25 4.39
2009 (13-6) 180.2 185 84 79 59 125 17 3.94
Last 7 GS 1-5 37.1 45 29 26 11 27 6 6.27 42
2011-04-21 CHW L 4.2 6 6 5 2 4 0 89 32
2011-04-16 MIN ND 7.0 8 3 3 1 6 1 108 54
2011-04-10 @CHW L 2.2 5 5 3 2 1 2 46 31
2011-04-05 LAA L 6.0 9 5 5 1 4 1 91 37
2010-09-29 BAL L 7.0 4 2 2 1 3 0 84 63
2010-09-24 SEA W 5.2 7 3 3 1 4 0 79 46
2010-09-19 LAA L 4.1 6 5 5 3 5 2 100 33
Last 5 v.MIN 2-0 26.1 25 10 10 9 19 4 3.42 54
2011-04-16 MIN ND 7.0 8 3 3 1 6 1 108 54
2010-08-03 MIN W 7.0 8 3 3 2 4 1 104 51
2010-07-01 @MIN ND 6.2 6 3 3 2 5 1 104 53
2009-04-27 @MIN W 5.2 3 1 1 4 4 1 94 59
Lineups / Orders / Splits: Bat / Pitch / GL: Bat / Pitch
 Home:    6-7    Road:    6-4    ExtrInn: 1-1 
 vsRHP:   7-8    vsLHP:   5-3    1-Run:   4-0 
 vsEast:  4-4    vsCntrl: 8-5    vsWest:  0-2  IL: 0-0 

Last 10 Games
Gm# Date & Box   Opp W/L Score      Record   Place/GB
 23 Wed, Apr 27  @MIN  W   8-2       12-11  2nd  2.0 gb
 22 Sun, Apr 24  @TOR  W   2-0       11-11  2nd  3.0 gb
 21 Sat, Apr 23  @TOR  W   6-4       10-11  2nd  3.0 gb
 20 Fri, Apr 22  @TOR  L   4-6 (11)   9-11  3rd  3.0 gb
 19 Thu, Apr 21   CHW  L   2-9        9-10  2nd  2.5 gb
 18 Wed, Apr 20   CHW  W   4-1        9-9   2nd  2.0 gb
 17 Tue, Apr 19   CHW  W   2-1        8-9   2nd  2.0 gb
 16 Mon, Apr 18   CHW  W   5-0        7-9   2nd  3.0 gb
 15 Sun, Apr 17   MIN  L   2-4        6-9   4th  3.5 gb
 14 Sat, Apr 16   MIN  W   4-3        6-8   4th  2.5 gb
 Last 10: 7-3    Last 20:12-8    Last 30:12-11
Twins, 9-13, 9-13 4th, 5½ GB, 3½ GB in WC

SP: Anthony Swarzak (25, RHP, 0-0, undef)

2011 Gamelogs / 2011 Splits / vs. TBR Current Lineup
Split IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA/Pit GSc
2009 (3-7) 59.0 76 43 41 20 34 12 6.25
Last 7 GS 1-5 31.1 49 31 29 10 16 9 8.33 35
2009-08-20 @TEX L 5.1 8 6 6 2 4 4 95 30
2009-08-15 CLE L 4.0 8 5 5 1 2 2 78 27
2009-08-07 @DET L 1.0 8 7 7 0 1 2 33 10
2009-08-01 LAA L 3.0 9 6 4 0 1 0 62 22
2009-07-26 @LAA W 6.2 4 1 1 3 4 1 122 63
2009-07-21 @OAK ND 7.0 4 2 2 3 4 0 107 62
2009-07-08 NYY L 4.1 8 4 4 1 0 0 91 30
Has never faced TBR as starter.
Lineups / Orders / Splits: Bat / Pitch / GL: Bat / Pitch
 Home:    4-4    Road:    5-9    ExtrInn: 2-1 
 vsRHP:   5-10   vsLHP:   4-3    1-Run:   5-6 
 vsEast:  5-10   vsCntrl: 3-1    vsWest:  1-2  IL: 0-0 

Last 10 Games
Gm# Date & Box   Opp W/L Score      Record   Place/GB
 22 Wed, Apr 27   TBR  L   2-8        9-13  4th  5.5 gb
 21 Sun, Apr 24   CLE  W   4-3        9-12  4th  4.0 gb
 20 Sat, Apr 23   CLE  W  10-3        8-12  4th  5.0 gb
 19 Thu, Apr 21  @BAL  W   3-1        7-12  5th  6.0 gb
 18 Wed, Apr 20  @BAL  L   4-5        6-12  5th  7.0 gb
 17 Tue, Apr 19  @BAL  L   0-11       6-11  5th  6.0 gb
 16 Mon, Apr 18  @BAL  W   5-3        6-10  5th  6.0 gb
 15 Sun, Apr 17  @TBR  W   4-2        5-10  5th  6.0 gb
 14 Sat, Apr 16  @TBR  L   3-4        4-10  5th  6.0 gb
 13 Fri, Apr 15  @TBR  L   2-5        4-9   5th  5.0 gb
 Last 10: 5-5    Last 20: 9-11   Last 30: 9-13
Last 10 games for these teams head-to-head
Wed, Apr 27, 2011 TBR  8 @MIN  2        W:Wade Davis (3-2), L: Francisco Liriano (1-4), S: none
Sun, Apr 17, 2011 MIN  4 @TBR  2        W:Brian Duensing (1-0), L: Jeremy Hellickson (1-2), S: Matt Capps (1)
Sat, Apr 16, 2011 TBR  4  MIN  3        W:Juan Cruz (1-0), L: Joe Nathan (0-1), S: none
Fri, Apr 15, 2011 TBR  5  MIN  2        W:Wade Davis (1-2), L: Nick Blackburn (1-2), S: Kyle Farnsworth (3)
Thu, Apr 14, 2011 TBR  4  MIN  3 (10)   W:Kyle Farnsworth (1-0), L: Matt Capps (1-1), S: none

Thu, Aug 05, 2010 MIN  8 @TBR  6        W:Matt Capps (4-3), L: Joaquin Benoit (0-1), S: none
Wed, Aug 04, 2010 MIN  2 @TBR  1 (13)   W:Matt Guerrier (2-6), L: Lance Cormier (3-3), S: none
Tue, Aug 03, 2010 TBR  6  MIN  4        W:Jeff Niemann (10-3), L: Matt Guerrier (1-6), S: Rafael Soriano (31)
Mon, Aug 02, 2010 TBR  4  MIN  2        W:Jeremy Hellickson (1-0), L: Carl Pavano (13-7), S: Dan Wheeler (3)
Sun, Jul 04, 2010 TBR  7 @MIN  4        W:James Shields (7-8), L: Nick Blackburn (7-6), S: Rafael Soriano (21)
Season Series: 2011 - TBR over 4-1; 2010 - TBR won 5-3; 2009 - Tied 3-3; All-Time - MIN leads 57-48

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 2011 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

For the 2010 season

NOTE: Team stats shown are for the 2011 season. Player Stats for the 2010 season. We will switch to 2011 stats on May 1st.

Rays Batters (3.78 RS/G) vs. Twins Pitchers (4.68 RA/G) -- OPS ranges: bad - ≤.650; avg: .750; good: ≥.850
PA/OPS Swarzak
G/S/vB
55.Capps
G/S/vB
37.Hoey
G/S/vB
56.Hughes*
G/S/vB
50.Mijares*
G/S/vB
36.Nathan
G/S/vB
15.Perkins*
G/S/vB
PA/vRHBA/OBP/SLG/OPSvLH/RHRdLast 28dSB/CSHR/E
15.Brignac* G/S/vP ··· 3/.666 ··· 4/.250 ··· ··· ··· 326/275 .256/.307/.385/.692 .609/.706 .750 56/.516 3/3 8/9
22.Damon* G/S/vP 3/.000 4/1.833 2/no AB 7/.629 3/.666 2/.000 5/.800 613/475 .271/.355/.401/.756 .740/.760 .715 81/.729 11/1 8/2
5.Fuld* G/S/vP ··· 3/.666 ··· 2/2.000 1/no AB ··· ··· 31/28 .143/.226/.179/.404 .667/.374 .481 90/.936 0/0 0/0
28.Jaso* G/S/vP ··· 2/.500 ··· ··· ··· 2/.000 ··· 404/346 .263/.372/.378/.750 .610/.772 .892 44/.490 4/0 5/5
24.Johnson* G/S/vP ··· 3/2.000 ··· 2/.000 ··· 10/.000 ··· 140/117 .198/.343/.414/.757 .862/.738 .793 69/.424 1/0 7/2
9.Johnson# G/S/vP ··· 1/.000 ··· ··· 1/.000 ··· ··· / /// / 30/.566 / /
20.Joyce* G/S/vP ··· 2/1.000 ··· 2/.000 2/.000 4/.750 3/2.000 261/233 .241/.360/.477/.837 .263/.910 .968 69/.745 2/2 10/3
11.Kotchman* G/S/vP ··· 2/.000 1/.000 3/1.167 2/.000 4/.833 1/.000 457/338 .217/.280/.336/.616 .460/.670 .649 31/.720 0/0 9/1
45.Lopez# G/S/vP ··· 5/.800 ··· ··· ··· 2/1.500 5/.800 441/299 .233/.311/.345/.656 .718/.626 .562 64/.621 8/2 8/13
1.Rodriguez G/S/vP 1/2.000 2/.500 ··· 1/.000 1/.000 1/.000 2/4.500 378/242 .251/.308/.397/.705 .817/.642 .693 56/.845 13/3 9/6
10.Shoppach G/S/vP 2/.000 1/.000 ··· 1/.000 5/.200 3/.000 5/1.000 187/83 .196/.308/.342/.650 .830/.422 .575 41/.476 0/0 5/2
2.Upton G/S/vP ··· 3/.000 5/1.467 1/.000 1/2.000 3/.667 4/1.167 610/413 .237/.322/.424/.745 .919/.664 .732 90/.657 42/9 18/5
18.Zobrist# G/S/vP ··· 1/.000 1/.000 1/.000 2/.500 5/3.050 2/1.500 655/445 .238/.346/.353/.699 .695/.688 .741 92/.754 24/3 10/4
IP 73.0 56.1 32.2 21.2 TOTAL .228/.292/.366/.658 .717/.630 .671 .658 25/8 18/9
ERA-K/9 /0.0 2.47/7.3 /0.0 3.83/5.4 3.31/7.7 /0.0 5.82/5.8 4.52/6.0

 Catcher Def.
 (SB-CS-PB)
 Jaso (41-12-7)
 Shoppach (29-6-2)

OF G: LF / CF / RF - A

BF/BA / 305/.265 / 252/.273 139/.268 / 98/.337 .255  Zobrist
 Joyce
 Upton
 Damon
 Rodriguez
 Fuld
 Brignac
 Lopez
 Johnson
1/14/103/6
13/0/53/4
0/154/0/3
33/4/0/2
5/9/8/0
8/7/0/0
0/0/2/0
0/0/1/0
3/0/0/0
OPS .688 .730 .768 .938 .736
vs LHB (BF-OPS) / 146/.654 / 115/.674 62/.776 / 32/.657 .709
vs RHB (BF-OPS) / 159/.719 / 137/.775 77/.761 / 66/1.080 .760
Home / 183/.720 / 127/.698 74/.886 / 50/.901
Last 28d days / 47/.625 7/.714 39/.914 29/.401 36/.975 34/.498
HR/SB/CS // 6/3/2 // 3/3/1 4/1/1 // 3/2/1 23/13/5
Usage ···o··o· ···o··o· X···X··· o··o··o· ····o··· ···o··oo

NOTE: Team stats shown are for the 2011 season. Player Stats for the 2010 season. We will switch to 2011 stats on May 1st.

Twins Batters (3.32 RS/G) vs. Rays Pitchers (3.74 RA/G) -- OPS ranges: bad - ≤.650; avg: .750; good: ≥.850
PA/OPS 34.Niemann
G/S/vB
37.Cruz
G/S/vB
43.Farnsworth
G/S/vB
57.McGee*
G/S/vB
62.Peralta
G/S/vB
27.Ramos*
G/S/vB
36.Russell
G/S/vB
21.Sonnanstine
G/S/vB
PA/vRHBA/OBP/SLG/OPSvLH/RHHmLast 28dSB/CSHR/E
41.Butera G/S/vP 3/3.500 1/.000 1/.000 ··· ··· ··· ··· 1/.000 155/89 .197/.237/.296/.533 .453/.591 .540 39/.369 0/0 2/5
12.Casilla# G/S/vP 10/.730 1/.000 3/1.000 ··· 3/.666 1/.000 ··· 4/.000 170/132 .276/.331/.395/.726 .813/.702 .699 58/.476 6/1 1/5
5.Cuddyer G/S/vP 12/.917 5/1.800 12/.969 ··· 8/.250 1/.000 2/.000 ··· 675/460 .271/.336/.417/.753 .875/.700 .786 86/.632 7/3 14/6
27.Holm G/S/vP 3/.000 ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· 1/3.000 ··· / /// / 11/.455 / /
38.Hughes G/S/vP 4/.000 1/.000 ··· ··· 2/.000 ··· ··· ··· 7/3 .286/.286/.714/1.000 .500/1.667 33/.576 0/1 1/0
16.Kubel* G/S/vP 12/.584 2/.500 5/.000 2/.000 3/.000 2/.500 1/no AB 3/.000 582/399 .249/.323/.427/.750 .655/.792 .746 86/.914 0/1 21/5
33.Morneau* G/S/vP 9/.472 3/.666 9/1.444 ··· 8/1.875 3/.333 1/.000 3/.000 348/215 .345/.437/.618/1.055 .966/1.113 .914 69/.618 0/0 18/1
18.Repko G/S/vP ··· 1/.000 3/.666 ··· ··· ··· 1/2.000 ··· 146/89 .228/.324/.346/.671 .523/.767 .459 24/.529 3/2 3/0
2.Span* G/S/vP 15/1.134 4/.500 6/1.667 ··· 3/.333 1/.000 ··· 5/.400 705/462 .264/.331/.348/.679 .696/.670 .761 95/.762 26/4 3/4
25.Thome* G/S/vP 13/.829 2/.500 5/2.100 2/1.000 10/1.944 1/.000 ··· 12/.916 340/246 .283/.412/.627/1.039 .769/1.154 1.112 62/.735 0/0 25/
20.Tolbert# G/S/vP ··· 1/.000 2/1.000 ··· 1/.000 1/.000 ··· 1/.000 100/79 .230/.293/.379/.672 .198/.797 .904 37/.500 1/1 1/2
19.Valencia G/S/vP 6/.000 1/no AB 1/2.000 1/2.000 1/.000 ··· 1/.000 ··· 322/211 .311/.351/.448/.799 .967/.713 .979 87/.591 2/0 7/6
IP 174.1 5.1 64.2 5.0 49.0 8.1 15.2 81.0 TOTAL .243/.298/.332/.630 .571/.655 .689 .630 10/0 9/11
ERA-K/9 4.39/6.8 3.38/11.9 3.34/8.5 1.80/10.8 2.02/9.0 11.88/9.8 4.02/10.3 4.44/5.6 3.45/6.0

 Catcher Def.
 (SB-CS-PB)
 Butera (21-16-4)

OF G: LF / CF / RF - A

BF/BA 733/.242 28/.391 267/.230 20/.118 189/.170 47/.419 63/.255 355/.259 .237  Kubel
 Cuddyer
 Span
 Repko
 Casilla
 Tolbert
16/0/83/7
0/2/66/5
0/153/0/5
6/6/39/5
0/1/0/0
0/0/1/0
OPS .724 .960 .634 .426 .521 1.049 .602 .761 .688
vs LHB (BF-OPS) 369/.749 11/.899 126/.745 11/.697 72/.596 21/.697 25/.393 164/.738 .651
vs RHB (BF-OPS) 364/.698 17/1.000 141/.538 9/.111 117/.474 26/1.330 38/.734 191/.780 .713
Road 332/.742 10/1.611 123/.604 11/.455 89/.515 24/1.140 23/.558 206/.747
Last 28d days 96/.915 28/.377 28/.491 26/.945 40/.574 30/.500 34/.807 27/.605
HR/SB/CS 25/21/2 0/0/0 4/5/5 0/0/0 5/3/0 1/1/0 0/0/0 11/6/0 18/21/5
Usage ······X· ·····XX· ····o··o ······X· o····X·o o····oo· ·····oX· 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.