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Gameday Thread: Twins at O's, 08/23

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Game Time: 7:05 | TV: CSN, FSN North | Radio: WBAL
Matt Garza, RH Rodrigo Lopez, RH (0-2, 11.74) (9-12, 6.03)

Matt Garza is a 6-4, 185-pound rookie out of Fresno State, drafted in the first round in 2005 (25th overall). He was born November 26, 1983, in Selma, CA. His major league career is two starts old, and it hasn't been QUITE as bad as his ERA would suggest, since his first start was the one that was just awful. In his major league debut on August 11, he gave up seven earned on eight hits in just two and two-thirds against Toronto. Six days later against Cleveland, he was respectable (5 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 5 K).

All that said, Garza absolutely dominated in the minors before his call-up this year, and John Sickels recently regarded him as "one of the best pitching prospects in the game now," as well as "pretty much unf**king hittable." The young man can hurl, so if he shows up today and does a number on the O's, don't be stunned. If Garza works out the way Santana and Liriano have, the Twins stand to be dangerous for a long, long time, because their high-end is in the Maddux/Smoltz/Glavine territory rather than Hudson/Mulder/Zito.

Rodrigo Lopez? Go get 'em, champ, but no thanks in general.