By Joe Christensen
La Velle has the gamer tonight, so head back to his blog later this afternoon for the lineups. The Twins haven’t scored in 21 innings against the Tigers, but tonight they’ll face Andrew Miller, who took the loss when the Twins topped Detroit 8-5 on June 30. Let’s see if Johan can continue his run. He is 5-0 with a 1.07 ERA in his past six starts.
Meantime, here are two items to chew on:
Late last night, J.D. Durbin went six innings to defeat the Dodgers and went 3-for-4 at the plate. From Todd Zolecki’s game story in the Philadelphia Inquirer:
“That was just an incredible feeling, going out there and throwing the way I want to throw,” Durbin said, “being in control. That’s been one of my problems when I get up here. I let myself get ahead, get too quick and my mind starts racing. Just slowing the ball game down helped incredibly.”
Durbin said he worked with pitching coach Rich Dubee on slowing down, breathing, and pacing himself to control his body.
“You can see how somebody would want him and want to take a chance on him,” Charlie Manuel said in the visitors’ dugout before the game. “He has a lot of potential, but now he has to harness that talent. His command has got to come together. He’s got to command the strike zone. He’s going to be OK if he does that.”
Also, Ty Wigginton, or Chief Wigginton as he’s known in our Trade Target Series, is on a nice little 8-for-8 run. That’s probably shattering any chance of Tampa Bay’s price coming down low enough for the Twins to actually get him.