Tag:Nick Blackburn
Posted on: October 9, 2010 9:47 pm
 

News on Game 4 starters


If the Twins win the game that's under way now, they will face a mismatch on the mound in Game 4 tomorrow. Joe Girardi said again Saturday that ace CC Sabathia would get the call on short rest Sunday at Yankee Stadium. Twins manager Ron Gardenhire, however, said he did not consider throwing Game 1 starter Francisco Liriano on short rest. He told reporters that Nick Blackburn would get the Twins' Game 4 start. Blackburn was 10-12 with a 5.42 ERA during the regular season.

We know there's going to be a Game 4 in the Giants-Braves series, and Giants manager Bruce Bochy said he's undecided about -- or at least not ready to disclose -- whether he'll throw Game 1 starter Tim Lincecum on three days' rest or turn to rookie Madison Bumgarner. Meanwhile, Braves manager Bobby Cox says he's leaning toward Game 1 starter Derek Lowe in Game 4 over rookie Brandon Beachy.

The projected starters for Game 4 in Arlington on Sunday are Tommy Hunter for the Rangers and Wade Davis for the Rays.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: October 5, 2010 1:49 pm
Edited on: October 5, 2010 1:50 pm
 

Twins announce rotation

So, to go along with the Yankees rotation, we now have the Twins rotation for their ALDS matchups:

Game 1: CC Sabathia vs. Francisco Liriano
Game 2: Andy Pettitte vs. Carl Pavano
Game 3: Phil Hughes vs. Brian Duensing
Game 4: Sabathia vs. Nick Blackburn
Game 5: Pettitte vs. Liriano

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: September 22, 2010 2:00 pm
Edited on: September 22, 2010 2:38 pm
 

Twins set postseason rotation

Francisco Liriano The Twins have not only set their place in the playoffs, manager Ron Gardenhire has set his postseason rotation.

For now, he told reporters, it will be Francisco Liriano, Carl Pavano, Brian Duensing and Nick Blackburn in the playoffs, but could change if someone pitches poorly down the stretch, according to the Star Tribune 's La Velle E. Neal III .

Pavano will also get a little more rest. He'll start again on Saturday -- eight days after his last start, Thursday in Chicago.

Pavano is leading the team in wins with a 17-11 record and a 3.60 ERA, while the lefty Liriano has a better winning percentage (.636, 14-8) and lower ERA (3.44).

Kevin Slowey is the odd man out, despite going 5-1 with a 2.72 ERA and .216 batting average against in his last nine starts. Blackburn, who is today's starter for the Twins, has pitched in six games since a monthlong demotion to Triple-A and has gone 2-3 with a  2.09 ERA and a .216 batting average against.

 -- C. Trent Rosecrans

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