Game twelve – Game three with the Twins

Kuroda has never faced the Twins and will have some benefit from that team not knowing his stuff. Of the Twins, only Josh Willingham has any experience against him. Marquis is in the same boat as the Yankees haven’t faced him in over five years. Raul Ibanez has a good history against Marquis in 22 at bats including a .364 average and two homers (SSS). All members of the Yankee bullpen should be available with the exception of Cory Wade who has pitched two days in a row.

Mark Teixeira tweeted that he is feeling fine and should be back in the Yankees’ lineup tonight. Alex Rodriguez is feeling fine too, but has the day off. Swisher is at DH and Ibanez is playing right field. Ugh.

Tonight’s lineups:

Twins:

Denard Span CF

Jamey Carroll SS

Joe Mauer C

Josh Willingham LF

Justin Morneau DH

Chris Parmelee 1B

Sean Burroughs 3B

Clete Thomas RF

Alexi Casilla 2B

 Yankees: 

Derek Jeter SS

Curtis Granderson CF

Mark Teixeira 1B

Robinson Cano 2B

Nick Swisher DH

Raul Ibanez RF

Eric Chavez 3B

Russell Martin C

Brett Gardner LF

Quite a different lineup for both teams tonight.…

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As of now, the Yankees have been led offensively by Derek Jeter, who has been a whole lot of fun to watch so far this season, and by Brett Gardner, who is batting .321 and getting on base 42 percent of the time. Curtis Granderson is batting only .227 but has three homers and is hitting line drives at a prodigious pace (40.6 percent!).…

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Twins need to move Liriano

From an outside observer, it seems evident that the Twins’ coaches and manager do not trust the guy. After his brilliant season in 2010, it seemed odd that some disparaging remarks were made about his strikeout rate. And it seemed doubly odd that he was not named as the Opening Day starter in 2011. In these eyes, that showed a lack of respect for what he had accomplished in 2010 and a lack of confidence that Liriano could be that good a pitcher again.

And obviously, he wasn’t. So maybe the coaches and the manager were right. Since the start of the 2011 season, Liriano has seen his strikeout rate dwindle and his walk rate elevate. In the years he was successful (2006, 2010), his walks per nine were 2.38 and 2.72 respectively. Since the start of the 2011 season and carrying it over into 2012, Liriano is struggling with a walk per nine rate over five. A quick look at the Pitch/FX data also shows that his velocity is down from 94.2 MPH in 2010 to 91.8 in 2011 and so far, 90.8 MPH this season.…

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