Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Late night: Twins 7, Oakland 2

Darin Mastroianni had two hits, two runs scored, two
RBIs, a stolen base, a sac fly, a sac bunt ... and a good game.
Box score here

Game story here

A good start from Brian Duensing, his best start this year and arguably his best since 2010: six innings, two runs, one earned, five hits, one walk ... and seven (!) strikeouts.

Replicate that a few times in these final weeks and he may keep himself in the rotation discussion for 2013.

Pedro Florimon had a perfect day at the plate: 3-for-3 with a walk and three runs scored. He's now hitting an even .500 through four games with the Twins (6-for-12).

Obviously, he's not that good a hitter. Nobody is. He has an extensive minor league track record that establishes that he's a weak hitter.

He's looked good in the field, by and large, although he had a sloppy throw Monday that resulted in the unearned run charged to Duensing. For a glove-first shortstop, that is probably a bigger minus than any of his hits were a plus.

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