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Gameday Thread: O's at Twins, rubber match

     Rodrigo Lopez, RH               Brad Radke, RH
     (9-5, 4.50)                     (6-9, 4.00)

     2B B Roberts                    3B L Rodriguez
     3B M Mora                       2B N Punto
     SS M Tejada                     LF S Stewart
     1B R Palmeiro                   DH J Mauer
     RF S Sosa                       CF T Hunter
     DH J Gibbons                    RF J Jones
     CF L Matos                      1B J Morneau
     LF L Bigbie                     C  M Redmond
     C  S Fasano                     SS J Castro

Game time is 1:10 on CSN and ESPN.

I don't know why some people think Radke is going to be so much better in the second half than he was in the first. 2004 was Radke's best season, and in 2005 thus far he's below his career averages in ERA and WHIP. His W-L record sucks, but this is pretty much par for the Radke course otherwise. He's a pretty good pitcher, but among sportswriters and TV people he is probably one of the more overrated in the league.

Lopez leads the O's in wins. In day games this year, he is 3-3 with a 5.18 ERA and 1.36 WHIP. In road games, he's 5-3, 6.45/1.57. Radke is 5-5, 2.97/0.99 at the Metrodome.

Doesn't sound promising, but games aren't played on paper or web sites. Let's go O's!