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August 28, 2012 at 4:29 PM

Seattle Mariners at Minnesota Twins, Aug. 28

Pat Borzi here again from Minneapolis, filling in for Geoff Baker. Miss Geoff? Then check out his two fresh posts, just below this one.
Franklin Gutierrez’s left hand looked a little puffy from the Liam Hendriks pitch that struck it in the sixth inning Monday night. But Gutierrez said he’s fine – he’s missed enough games this year, don’t ya think? — and Manager Eric Wedge has him in the lineup again tonight, batting second. Wedge said Michael Saunders (groin strain) felt better and might be available in the late innings tonight.
One lineup change from Monday: Miguel Olivo catching instead of John Jaso, a concession to Twins starter Scott Diamond, a lefty. Diamond continues to pitch while appealing his six-game suspension for throwing at Josh Hamilton last week in Texas.
Here we go:
MARINERS
Dustin Ackley, 2b
Franklin Gutierrez, cf
Kyle Seager, 3b
Jesus Montero, dh
Justin Smoak, 1b
Miguel Olivo, c
Eric Thames, rf
Trayvon Robinson, lf
Brendan Ryan, ss
(Hisashi Iwakuma, p)
TWINS
Ben Revere, cf
Darin Mastroianni, rf
Joe Mauer, c
Josh Willingham, lf
Justin Morneau, 1b
Ryan Doumit, dh
Trevor Plouffe, 3b
Jamey Carroll, 2b
Pedro Florimon, ss
(Scott Diamond, p)

Who will win the American League Cy Young Award?


For the Twins, center fielder Denard Span was scratched with a sore right shoulder that’s bothered him for about two weeks. So Ben Revere switched from right to center, a move that benefits runners trying to go first to third since Revere, though swift, owns one of the weakest arms in the American League.
Two more things:
*Commissioner Bud Selig will be in Minneapolis on Wednesday, when MLB announces the 2014 All-Star Game will be at Target Field.
*Finally, some additional notes about Hernandez’s 1-0 victory Monday night:
Most of you already know Hernandez is the third pitcher since 1969 to win four 1-0 games in a season, joining Hall of Famers Ferguson Jenkins (Texas, 1974) and Bert Blyleven (Minnesota and Texas, 1976).
Three other pitchers did it in 1968, the so-called Year of the Pitcher, and two are Hall of Famers too: Bob Gibson of the Cardinals, who posted a ridiculous 1.12 ERA that season; and Dodger great Don Drysdale, who twice won 1-0 during his then-record streak of 58 consecutive scoreless innings, according to baseball_reference.com. The non-HOFer was Joe Horlen of the White Sox, the only one who did not throw four complete games (he had one). All this comes from the Elias Sports Bureau.
Not enough? Also according to Elias, Hernandez is one of three pitchers in major-league history to throw three 1-0 shutouts in one month. Hall of Famer Carl Hubbell did it for the New York Giants in July 1933, and Dick Rudolph for the Boston Braves in August 1916. It pleased me to no end to discover that Rudolph, whose nickname was “Baldy,” attended my alma mater, Fordham University in the Bronx. (Thanks again, baseball_reference.com.)

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