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GameThread: Twins (50-45) @ Orioles (30-64), 7:05

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Andy! Please don't DFA Tater!  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Andy! Please don't DFA Tater! (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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The Twins have had their troubles lately. On 11 June they were 36-25 and leading the AL Central by 4.5 games. Since then they have gone 14-20 which, combined with the White Sox 25-9 record over the same period, has left them tied with the Tigers for second place, 2.5 games back of Chicago.

Good news, Twins fans! Nothing cures the ills of a down on its luck borderline contender like a four game series in Baltimore post All-Star break.

The Mentor is back and ready for action. Maybe his cured forearm will result in him pitching a little like he did at the beginning of the season. Even if he did, it's too late now, seeing as how the trade deadline is just nine days away.


W-L ERA WHIP K BB
2010 - Carl Pavano 11-6 3.48 1.03 77 18


W-L ERA WHIP K BB
2010 - Kevin Millwood 2-8 5.77 1.58 84 35


Lineup

Minnesota Twins Baltimore Orioles
Denard Span - CF Felix Pie - LF
Orlando Hudson - 2B Miguel Tejada - 3B
Joe Mauer - DH Nick Markakis - RF
Jason Kubel - RF Luke Scott - DH
Michael Cuddyer - 1B Ty Wigginton - 1B
Delmon Young - LF Adam Jones - CF
J.J. Hardy - SS Scott Moore - 2B
Nick Punto - 3B Craig Tatum - C
Drew Butera - C Cesar Izturis - SS