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Twins blown away by Sabathia, Yankees

Published: Jul 08, 2009 6:54 AM

The Twins were swept by the Yankees in a 4 game mid-May series at Yankee stadium. They lost the 4 games by a combined 5 runs, so the hope was that they'd be able to get over that hump while playing on their own turf. That was not the case. The Twins' bats were shut down by CC Sabathia and Twins' pitching backed themselves into corners with 7 walks in the game.

The Yankees scored 3 runs early, with the help of some bloop hits and control problems from Scott Baker. By the end of the 3rd inning, Baker had already surpassed the 50 pitch mark. Brian Duensing relieved Baker in the 4th, with bases loaded. Carlos Gomez robbed Alex Rodriguez of a grand slam with a leaping catch in dead center. For a moment it prevented the Yankees from busting the game open, but they would still add a couple runs to their lead.

Twins lose opener to Rays

Published: Apr 28, 2009 6:57 AM

Scott Baker had another less than great start and the offense failed to get much of anything started as the Twins were defeated handily by the Tampa Bay Rays in the series opener Monday night. The loss marked the 7th time this season that the Twins have been outscored by 5 or more runs, which contributes to their league-worst -29 run differential.

Although Baker didn't allow any home runs this time out, he did allow 4 runs on 5 hits and a walk through 6 innings. I'm sad to say it was Baker's best start of the season. He failed to complete 5 innings in both of his previous starts while allowing 6 runs in each. He struck out 7 Rays batters, and missing more bats is always a good sign. However, the Rays are 3rd in the league in strikeouts, so the higher rate is probably more indicative of a free-swinging ball club.

Scott Baker to DL

Published: Apr 02, 2009 10:46 AM

Scott Baker just pitched 5 strong innings against AAA competition yesterday, so it comes as a surprise that Joe Christensen is reporting that Baker will start the season on the 15-day DL with shoulder soreness.

2008 Projection: Scott Baker

Published: Mar 02, 2008 1:35 PM

Welcome to the first of what will be a series of projections of Twins players, one-by-one, as the start of the 2008 season approaches. I'll be starting with pitchers and then move on to the hitters. Expect 1 or 2 to be released each day for the next couple weeks.

Twins sign veteran Livan Hernandez

Published: Feb 12, 2008 9:48 PM

Less than a week before pitchers and catchers are due to report to Fort Myers, the Twins added a veteran presence to what was a very young rotation. Of the likely candidates for the 5-man rotation, Scott Baker was the oldest at about 26 1/2 years. The 33 year old Livan Hernandez will become the old man of the group after signing a 1-year $5 million contract.

Baker takes loss in 3-hitter

Published: Jul 01, 2007 9:42 PM

Scott Baker has replaced Carlos Silva as the pitcher that gets no run support. Baker pitched a gem his last time out, allowing just 1 run through 7 innings, but won in a close 2-1 game. On Sunday night Baker allowed his first run in the eighth inning on a Marcus Thames solo homer and went onto a 1-0 loss.

Brewers offense bashes Twins

Published: Jun 15, 2007 11:30 PM

Scott Baker's start was going along just fine through the first three innings. It looked like he might repeat the success he had in his season debut in Milwaukee last month when he came just shy of a complete game. It all fell apart in the fourth inning though when Geoff Jenkins hit a grand slam over the baggy to put the Brewers ahead 4-1.

Scott Baker update

Published: Apr 29, 2007 9:15 AM

Scott Baker gave up just 4 hits and 0 walks while striking out 7 against Toledo on Saturday. He gave up 1 run through seven innings to get the win. Sidney Ponson will pitch on Tuesday against Tampa Bay. What do you think the chances are of Baker receiving a phone call shortly after that game?

Baker good enough for win

Published: Jul 17, 2006 11:30 PM

Scott Baker wasn't perfect in his return from Rochester, but he pitched just well enough to pick up the win. Baker gave up 3 runs through 6 innings—good enough for a quality start. The Twins' bullpen was perfect to finish out the game. Pat Neshek, Juan Rincon and Joe Nathan each pitched 1-2-3 innings in order. The victory moved the Twins within 6 games of the wildcard, but they still have two other teams wedged between them and the White Sox—Toronto and New York.

Tough Rotation Decisions

Published: May 16, 2006 10:41 PM

Update (5/17/06 4:05 PM): It's just been reported that the Twins have sent Lohse to AAA Rochester and called up Boof Bonser who will start on Sunday. I'll be curious to see what the future holds for Kyle Lohse. Full AP Story