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Minnesota Twins
@ Detroit Tigers

Tuesday, May 5, 2009, 7:05 PM EDT
Comerica Park

Nick Blackburn (2-1, 4.02 ERA) vs Rick Porcello (1-3, 6.23)

Partly cloudy. Game time temperature around 65.

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W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
Rick Porcello 1-3 4 4 0 0 0 0 21.2 24 16 15 6 6 12 6.23 1.38

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W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
Nick Blackburn 2-1 5 5 0 0 0 0 31.1 36 15 14 1 7 12 4.02 1.37


Tigers rookie Rick Porcello will take the rubber tonight looking for his first win since April 19 (and the second of his career.) He's allowed 10 earned runs, five walks and three home runs over the past two games, so he'll need to turn all of those storylines around if he wants to keep the Tigers from being "swept" in this two-game series with the Twins.

Toeing the rubber for the Twins will be Nick Blackburn, who doesn't miss a lot of bats but doesn't miss the strikezone much, either. How's he win? Keeps the ball in the park, for one, having allowed just one home run in about 31 innings of work.

Finally, Ian will be returning to the Great Lakes State tonight, and will be back blogging here Wednesday. I've enjoyed my time guest-blogging. Hope you've all enjoyed it, too!


Lineup

Minnesota Twins @ Detroit Tigers

05/05/09 7:05 PM EDT

Minnesota Twins Detroit Tigers
Denard Span - CF Josh Anderson - LF
Alexi Casilla - 2B Placido Polanco - 2B
Joe Mauer - C Clete Thomas - RF
Justin Morneau - 1B Miguel Cabrera - 1B
Jason Kubel - DH Curtis Granderson - CF
Joe Crede - 3B Magglio Ordonez - DH
Michael Cuddyer - RF Brandon Inge - 3B
Delmon Young - LF Gerald Laird - C
Nick Punto - SS Ramon Santiago - SS


Kurt of Mack Avenue Tigers is guest-blogging while Ian is in Seattle.