The Twins continue their road trip to Anaheim tonight, to face the Los Angeles ANgels, and the Angels schedule starter has been a late scratch. Jared Weaver has flown home to Oregon to attend his grandfather's funeral, and in his place will be Tyler Chatwood.
Hopefully it's a sign that the Twins can find something...anything...to get on a bit of a roll to close the season, as they close out the worst month of August in franchise history that didn't involve a strike.
The Twins went 7-21 for the month, looking listless and lifeless for much of the month. They were plagued by injuries, bad hitting, injuries, poor pitching, injuries, a spotty bullpen, and injuries.
A strong finish won't eliminate the disappointment that 2011 has been, but it can be used as a springboard for next season, and Carl Apvano will try and get the month started off right. Pavano, who is 6-11 with a 4.62 ERA on the year, hasn't been terrible in the second half, but he is still searching for his first win since the All Star Break, over 6 weeks ago.
First pitch from the Left Coast is at 9:05.