“A nice pace to the ballgame”

-Ron Gardenhire, quoted by LEN3.

Game 14: Twins 5 (10-4), Indians 1 (6-7)

The day off made for a slow start to the week, with memories of Sunday’s game lingering just a bit more than I would like. Lets play some ball!

Kevin Slowey looked good. More from LEN3:

Slowey threw 10 of his first 12 pitches for strikes, setting the tone for a night in which Cleveland hitters swung early and often. Slowey went on to throw first-pitch strikes to 14 of the first 18 batters he faced. Indians hitters swing at the first pitch 13 of 29 times (44.8 percent).

Mauer appeared to notice it early and mixed up his pitch-calling accordingly.

“They were swinging pretty early and I feel that Joe did a great job of handling that and keeping me from being too hittable,” Slowey said. “They were swinging and we anticipated that coming in. But I’m not sure we were anticipating it as much as they did out there. They were swinging at first pitch strikes kind of all night.”

The Twins were able to put together a big inning thanks to an error on a potential double play. We didn’t see any of the fireworks that we have become accustomed to with this team so far in 2010 (the Twins had just one extra base hit), but a win is a win.

Stars of the Game (based on FanGraphs WPA)
1. Kevin Slowey
2. Justin Morneau
3. Orlando Hudson

AL Central Standings (through Tuesday)
Min 10-4, 74-48, –
Det 7-7, 63-69, 3.0
Cle 6-7, 46-55, 3.5
Chi 5-9, 57-56, 5.0
KC 5-9, 67-83, 5.0

Tonight: Francisco Liriano to prove to the world that his last start wasn’t a fluke vs David Huff

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