Sunday Insider: Western Intelligence

  • Updated: July 20, 2013 - 11:12 PM

WESTERN intelligence

A look at the Twins’ upcoming AL West opponents:

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The Twins will be in Seattle just before the trade deadline, but the Mariners don’t expect to be making many moves. “In all fairness, I don’t think I’m going to be aggressive,” General Manager Jack Zduriencik said. “I don’t think I’m going out there and start shopping our players.” That’s partly because so many of their most tradable players have stabilized Seattle after a slow start.

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The Angels’ hopes of contending have been all but scuttled by injuries to their pitching staff, but they might start to get some starters back soon. Tommy Hanson, out a month because of a forearm strain, could return to face the Twins this week, while lefthander Jason Vargas, sidelined by surgery to remove a blood clot, could start throwing off a mound this week. In addition, outfielder Peter Bourjos (broken wrist) hopes to return in early August.

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Astros fans were bracing for a 1962 Mets kind of season, but a 20-20 stretch shows that Houston’s rebuilding already is showing results. The latest sign: Rookie Jarred Cosart, considered a future cornerstone of the rotation, pitched eight shutout innings in his major league debut July 12, holding the Rays to just two hits.

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Toronto 4 Bottom 6th Inning
Cleveland 2
LA Angels 1 Top 6th Inning
Detroit 1
Atlanta 3 Bottom 6th Inning
NY Mets 2
Seattle 2 Top 7th Inning
Miami 1
St. Louis 1 Top 5th Inning
Washington 0
Milwaukee 0 Bottom 5th Inning
Pittsburgh 1
NY Yankees 1 Bottom 5th Inning
Tampa Bay 0
Minnesota 2 Bottom 3rd Inning
Kansas City 0
Cincinnati 0 Top 3rd Inning
Chicago Cubs 0
Chicago WSox - E. Johnson 2:05 PM
Texas - R. Ross Jr.
Houston - B. Peacock 3:05 PM
Oakland - J. Chavez
Philadelphia - R. Hernandez 3:10 PM
Colorado - J. Nicasio
San Francisco - T. Lincecum 3:10 PM
San Diego - R. Erlin
Arizona - J. Collmenter 3:10 PM
Los Angeles - J. Beckett
Baltimore - U. Jimenez 6:05 PM
Boston - J. Peavy
Dallas 73 4th Qtr 9:26
San Antonio 67
Charlotte 2:30 PM
Miami
Washington 6:00 PM
Chicago
Portland 8:30 PM
Houston
Philadelphia 4 FINAL
NY Rangers 2
Detroit 2:00 PM
Boston
Tampa Bay 6:00 PM
Montreal
Los Angeles 9:00 PM
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