A check of the pitching matchups revealed that Cubs fiery righthander Carlos Zambrano was starting at Wrigley Field on Tuesday.
That's funny, because the Twins' Carlos Silva sure looked a lot like Zambrano in the sixth inning of their 4-2 victory over the Rangers at the Metrodome.
Texas opened the sixth with a single and double. Silva struck out Jason Botts but walked David Murphy to load the bases.
Then Jarrod Saltalamacchia singled to right, driving in a run to pull Texas within 3-2.
Silva needed a big pitch. He got Travis Metcalf to hit a slow roller to short -- too slow for an inning-ending double play, it seemed. But shortstop Jason Bartlett grabbed the ball and flipped to second baseman Nick Punto, who made an amazing turn and fired to first to get Metcalf and end the inning.
The play had Silva pumping his fist and yelling to himself as he left the mound. It looked a lot like Zambrano, whose yelling makes sports shows every five days.
"You guys know, when I'm on the mound, I give everything I have," Silva said about his emotions. "So I think that was a very good play."
At 12-14, Silva can win his last two starts and finish at .500.
After looking ragged last year and this spring, Silva has become the most reliable Twins starter not named Johan Santana.
"He's given us a lot of innings here," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "A lot of good performances and a lot of chances to win games. He has been very impressive for us."
Jason Kubel had three hits and Joe Nathan earned his 33rd save.
Neshek shut down
The Twins have shut down reliever Pat Neshek for a few days because of what they believe is a tired arm. Neshek is 7-2 with a 2.94 ERA in 70 1/3 innings but has a 4.82 ERA since the All-Star break and a 6.00 ERA this month.
"I don't know for how long, but I'm not going to pitch him for a while," Gardenhire said. "We're going to give him a break here."
More fielding for Buscher
Third baseman Brian Buscher will spend a week to 10 days in Fort Myers, Fla., after the season to work on his fielding during the Twins instructional league. Buscher, batting .273 with two homers and seven RBI in 24 games since being called up from Class AAA Rochester, also might play winter ball.
"I want him to get better," Gardenhire said. "He's working really hard at it. He's trying a lot of things over and over. And that's why we are going to go to instructional league."
Have a bat
|Cincinnati - LP: J. Broxton||1||FINAL|
|Pittsburgh - WP: T. Watson||2|
|Minnesota - LP: T. May||1||FINAL|
|Baltimore - WP: M. Gonzalez||9|
|NY Yankees||6||Top 9th Inning|
|Philadelphia - LP: J. Diekman||1||FINAL|
|NY Mets - WP: J. deGrom||4|
|Boston||8||Bottom 8th Inning|
|Miami||2||Top 8th Inning|
|Detroit||7||Top 6th Inning|
|Texas||8||Top 7th Inning|
|Chicago Cubs||2||Bottom 7th Inning|
|Colorado||0||Top 3rd Inning|
|Oakland||0||Bottom 1st Inning|
|Los Angeles||0||Top 1st Inning|
|Washington||1||Bottom 1st Inning|
|Milwaukee - W. Peralta||9:15 PM|
|San Francisco - R. Vogelsong|
|Green Bay||9/4/14 7:30 PM|
|(21) Texas A&M||52||FINAL|
|(9) So Carolina||28|
|(18) Ole Miss||35|
|(19) Arizona State||45|
|BYU||28||4th Qtr 5:46|
|(6) Jacksonville St||7||4th Qtr 12:30|
|(8) Michigan State||45|
|Bowling Green||24||3rd Qtr 7:16|
|TX-San Antonio||7||2nd Qtr 8:25|
|Colorado State||0||2nd Qtr 4:57|
|Penn State||8/30/14 7:30 AM|
|Troy||8/30/14 11:00 AM|
|(7) UCLA||8/30/14 11:00 AM|
|Western Mich||8/30/14 11:00 AM|
|(5) Ohio State||8/30/14 11:00 AM|
|Appalachian St||8/30/14 11:00 AM|
|Ga Southern||8/30/14 11:30 AM|
|Boston College||8/30/14 2:00 PM|
|West Virginia||8/30/14 2:30 PM|
|Rice||8/30/14 2:30 PM|
|(17) Notre Dame|
|(10) South Dakota St||8/30/14 2:30 PM|
|Fla Atlantic||8/30/14 2:30 PM|
|California||8/30/14 2:30 PM|
|Marshall||8/30/14 2:30 PM|
|UC Davis||8/30/14 3:00 PM|
|Arkansas||8/30/14 3:00 PM|
|(16) Clemson||8/30/14 4:30 PM|
|Liberty||8/30/14 5:00 PM|
|(23) North Carolina|
|Ohio U||8/30/14 5:00 PM|
|Louisiana Tech||8/30/14 6:00 PM|
|Idaho||8/30/14 6:00 PM|
|Stephen F Austin||8/30/14 6:10 PM|
|(20) Kansas State|
|Fresno State||8/30/14 6:30 PM|
|Southern Miss||8/30/14 6:30 PM|
|Texas-El Paso||8/30/14 7:00 PM|
|North Texas||8/30/14 7:00 PM|
|(1) Florida State||8/30/14 7:00 PM|
|(14) Wisconsin||8/30/14 8:00 PM|
|South Dakota||8/30/14 9:30 PM|
|(25) Washington||8/30/14 9:30 PM|
|Utah State||8/31/14 6:00 PM|
|SMU||8/31/14 6:30 PM|
|Miami-Florida||9/1/14 7:00 PM|
|Arizona||9/4/14 7:00 PM|
|Pittsburgh||9/5/14 6:00 PM|
|Washington St||9/5/14 9:30 PM|
|Houston||0||1st Half 14:00|
|Sporting Kansas City||0|
|Winnipeg||8/31/14 3:00 PM|
|Toronto||9/1/14 12:00 PM|
|Edmonton||9/1/14 3:30 PM|
|Brt Columbia||9/5/14 6:30 PM|
|Calgary||9/6/14 6:00 PM|
|Hamilton||9/7/14 12:00 PM|
|Saskatchewan||9/7/14 3:00 PM|
|Minnesota||2||1st Qtr 7:52|
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