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Twins Try To Bounce Back From Big Loss To Brewers

On Saturday night, the Minnesota Twins allowed the Milwaukee Brewers to make their biggest comeback road victory in nearly three decades, as a 7-0 fourth-inning lead turned into an 8-7 Minnesota loss when Matt Capps imploded in the top of the ninth inning. The Twins took a 7-4 lead into the top of the ninth, but four Milwaukee runs gave the Brewers the victory.

Today's pitching match-up will give us two players that have not had a great deal of success against the other team. The Twins will give the ball to right-hander Nick Blackburn (6-6, 3.64 ERA). While Blackburn has pitched pretty well after a very rough April, he has not pitched well against the Milwaukee Brewers, having gone 1-2 with a 6.46 ERA in four career starts against Milwaukee. That includes a start against them last June 24, in which he lasted only 3.2 innings, allowing five runs and ultimately taking the loss, 5-0. Blackburn's last start game in the 15-0 disaster against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday, where he gave up eight runs and 13 hits in just 4.1 innings.

The Brewers will go with their big free agent acquisition from this past off-season, right-hander Zack Greinke (7-3, 5.63 ERA). Greinke has lost his last four starts against the Twins, all of which came with the Kansas City Royals. In the process, he has racked up an ERA of 8.18. He has also gone 0-5 with a 4.64 ERA in his career in Minnesota, including three losses at Target Field. Greinke has not pitched well on the road all season, as he has a record of 2-3 and an ERA of 7.77 on the road this year, including his last start which saw him give up seven runs in just two innings to the New York Yankees this past Tuesday.

First pitch for this one is scheduled for 1:10 PM Central time at Target Field. Twinkie Town will have their Game Thread all set up and ready to go for your in-game discussion purposes, and the recap will be up over here when things are all finished.

Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.