The Minnesota Twins have been slammed with injury after injury this season, and that theme continued yesterday. Starting pitcher Nick Blackburn didn't make it out of the second inning before experiencing discomfort in his pitching elbow, and all indications are that he will go on the disabled list--again. Anthony Swarzak is expected to replace his spot in the rotation.
Fortunately, there's a team that's had more difficulty than the Twins finding the win column this year coming to town for a four game set, the Baltimore Orioles. With the Twins 16 games under .500, it's obvious that this has been a disappointing season. But at least they're not 30 games under, which is where Baltimore finds itself today.
The O's are consistently bad at everything, and the Twins have a very favorable pitching match up. Carl Pavano takes the mound for the Twins, and has pitched very well over the last couple weeks. Opposing him is Zach Britton (6-9, 4.66 ERA), who will be activated from the DL in time to make the start. Britton seems to be a candidate for the Twins rotation, as he is unable to get through siz innings, something he hasn't done since June 22.
First pitch is 7:10 PM.