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12 - 6 Final
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Cuddyer, Twins pound Royals

Apr 27, 2008 - 5:17 AM ARLINGTON, Texas (Ticker) -- Another day, another poor pitching performance for the Texas Rangers.

Michael Cuddyer hit a three-run home run and the Minnesota Twins pounded out 16 hits en route to a 12-6 victory over the Rangers on Saturday.

Mike Lamb and Delmon Young each drove in a pair of runs for the Twins, who snapped a three-game slide with the win. Minnesota's 12 runs equaled its total for the past four games.

"We really need a game where we scored a lot of runs and every one contributed," Young said. "We're really working to pick each other up and now everyone is starting to get in a rhythm."

Texas entered the contest with a team ERA of 5.49 - the worst mark in the American League. After Saturday's game, the Rangers have allowed a total of 84 runs in their last nine games, going 1-8 over that span.

They also committed three errors, leading to five unearned runs.

"Errors gave them opportunities and that got them back in the game," Texas manager Ron Washington said. "We wanted to play well and, for five innings, we did. But mistakes cost us in the sixth."

Sidney Ponson, who was making his first start in nearly a year after being recalled from Class AAA Oklahoma earlier in the day, started out strong. The hefty righthander had allowed two runs in the third inning before hurting himself with a throwing error in the sixth.

"I threw the ball away and the momentum changed," Ponson said. "I'm not happy about it. I was happy with the way I threw the ball but I can't be happy because we lost."

Ponson allowed a leadoff double to Brendan Harris to start the frame and then got Joe Mauer to ground back to the mound. Instead of going to first for the easy out, Ponson attempted to get Harris at third and threw the ball into left field, allowing Harris to score.

"Sidney was throwing the ball pretty good tonight," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He had a little something on the ball. We made him work though. The more pitches you get under a pitcher's belt the more tired they become."

Jason Kubel singled in Mauer to pull Minnesota to within 5-4 before Ponson was lifted. Mike Lamb's sacrifice fly capped the inning, tying the score at 5-5.

"This was nice," said Lamb, who entered the contest with a .182 average. "I was starting to starve myself so I could get my weight under my batting average. It had been about three weeks of 0-for-4 after 0-for-4.

"(Saturday) was a good night. I wish I knew why. I think it was just patience. I kept working and was lucky enough to have a manager who kept putting my name in the lineup every day."

The Twins took the lead with two runs in the seventh on RBI singles by Delmon Young and Lamb and broke it open with four more in the eighth. Cuddyer provided the big blow with a three-run blast off Scott Feldman.

"Anytime you get a lead on these guys (the Rangers) you've got to keep adding on," Lamb said. "(Cuddyer) had the home run, and I came up with a couple of hits along with the other guys tonight, hopefully we can continue that momentum."

Minnesota's 16 hits were a season high, with every starter claiming at least one except for shortstop Matt Tolbert.

The one downside for the Twins was starter Scott Baker, who was forced out of the game after 4 2/3 innings with a mild groin strain. The righthander was charged with all five runs and eight hits while striking out seven and walking one.

"I strained my groin a little on a pitch tonight," Baker said. "I just slipped on a breaking pitch and tweaked it a little. There was no point in trying to push it. It's a little stiff right now but it's day-to-day. I can't tell a lot right now.

"We played really well tonight. Our hitters scored some runs for us and out bullpen really shut them down."








  • AL
    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    MINNESOTA 0 0 2 0 0 3 3 4 0 12 16 0
    TEXAS 0 0 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 6 12 3 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: MIN - SCOTT BAKER, MATT GUERRIER (5TH), DENNYS REYES (6TH), JESSE
    CRAIN (7TH), PAT NESHEK (8TH), BOBBY KORECKY (9TH) AND JOE
    MAUER
    TEX - SIDNEY PONSON, JAMEY WRIGH

    Apr 26 11:35 PM


  • AL
    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    BEN BROUSSARD HIT INTO DOUBLE PLAY SCORING DAVID MURPHY.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J SALTALAMACCHIA ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: MINNESOTA 12
    TEXAS 6 BOTTOM, 9TH
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: R VAZQUEZ (.174, 1-FOR-4)

    Twins 12, Rangers 6  Bot 9, 0 OutsApr 26 11:33 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    THREE-RUN HOME RUN BY MICHAEL CUDDYER (1) TO LEFT WITH 1
    OUT IN THE 8TH OFF SCOTT FELDMAN SCORED JOE MAUER AND JUSTIN
    MORNEAU.
    CURRENT SCORE: MINNESOTA 12, TEXAS 5
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: J KUBEL (.262, 2-FOR-4, RBI)

    Twins 12, Rangers 5  Top 8, 0 OutsApr 26 11:02 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JOE MAUER SCORED MATT TOLBERT.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J MAUER ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: MINNESOTA 9
    TEXAS 5 TOP, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: J MORNEAU (.271, 0-FOR-3, BB)

    Twins 9, Rangers 5  Top 8, 0 OutsApr 26 10:56 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY MIKE LAMB SCORED MICHAEL CUDDYER.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, M LAMB ON FIRST, D YOUNG ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: MINNESOTA 8
    TEXAS 5 TOP, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: C MONROE (.286, 2-FOR-3, RBI)

    Twins 8, Rangers 5  Top 7, 0 OutsApr 26 10:31 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY DELMON YOUNG SCORED BRENDAN HARRIS AND JOE MAUER.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, D YOUNG ON FIRST, M CUDDYER ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: MINNESOTA 7
    TEXAS 5 TOP, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: M LAMB (.191, 1-FOR-2, SF, RBI)

    Twins 7, Rangers 5  Top 7, 0 OutsApr 26 10:29 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY MIKE LAMB SCORED MICHAEL CUDDYER.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, D YOUNG ON FIRST, J KUBEL ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: MINNESOTA 5
    TEXAS 5 TOP, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: C MONROE (.268, 1-FOR-2, RBI)

    Twins 5, Rangers 5  Top 6, 0 OutsApr 26 10:00 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JASON KUBEL SCORED JOE MAUER.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, J KUBEL ON FIRST, M CUDDYER ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: MINNESOTA 4
    TEXAS 5 TOP, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: D YOUNG (.253, 1-FOR-2)

    Twins 4, Rangers 5  Top 6, 0 OutsApr 26 9:51 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    FIELDER'S CHOICE BY DAVID MURPHY SCORED MICHAEL YOUNG.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, D MURPHY ON FIRST, J HAMILTON ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: MINNESOTA 2
    TEXAS 5 BOTTOM, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: J SALTALAMACCHIA (.000, 0-FOR-2)

    Twins 2, Rangers 5  Bot 5, 0 OutsApr 26 9:31 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY DAVID MURPHY SCORED IAN KINSLER AND JOSH
    HAMILTON.
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, D MURPHY ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: MINNESOTA 2
    TEXAS 4 BOTTOM, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: J SALTALAMACCHIA (.000, 0-FOR-1)

    Twins 2, Rangers 4  Bot 3, 0 OutsApr 26 8:54 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY JOSH HAMILTON SCORED BEN BROUSSARD AND RAMON
    VAZQUEZ.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, J HAMILTON ON SECOND, I KINSLER ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: MINNESOTA 2
    TEXAS 2 BOTTOM, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: M BRADLEY (.324, 0-FOR-1)

    Twins 2, Rangers 2  Bot 3, 0 OutsApr 26 8:48 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    PASSED BALL BY JARROD SALTALAMACCHIA ALLOWED MIKE LAMB TO
    SCORE.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, C MONROE ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: MINNESOTA 2
    TEXAS 0 TOP, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: B HARRIS (.280, 1-FOR-1)

    Twins 2, Rangers 0  Top 3, 0 OutsApr 26 8:36 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY CRAIG MONROE SCORED DELMON YOUNG.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, C MONROE ON SECOND, M LAMB ON THIRD, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: MINNESOTA 1
    TEXAS 0 TOP, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: M TOLBERT (.341, 0-FOR-1)

    Twins 1, Rangers 0  Top 3, 0 OutsApr 26 8:34 PM