Twins winning streak ends at eight

  • Blog Post by: Suzanne Solheim
  • August 3, 2010 - 11:16 AM

The Tampa Bay Rays and rookie right-hander Jeremy Hellickson held the Twins to four hits Monday, ending Minnesota's eight-game winning streak in which they compiled 66 runs. They'll look to rebound at 6:10pm tonight with Brian Duensing (4-1, 1.83 ERA) making his third start of the season and facing Jeff Niemann, who is hoping to become the fourth Rays pitcher with double-digit wins.

Luckily for Minnesota, Niemann hasn't been all that great in the second half.  Outside of a win over the Detroit Tigers last Wednesday, the righty has posted a 5.19 ERA with nine walks over three starts since the All-Star break.  He's a career 1-0 against the Twins with a 2.63 ERA in three games, including two starts.

Joe Mauer should be back in the lineup for the second game of the four-game series after receiving a cortisone shot this weekend.  Meanwhile, who besides Peter Gammons predicted Delmon Young hanging with the top five of batting average and RBI in all of baseball this far into the season?

Also, Brett Favre is retiring.  Maybe.  Whatever, I'll believe it when the season starts and he's not suited up.

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