Twins' Deduno in control in shutout of Royals

  • Article by: PHIL MILLER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 5, 2013 - 8:21 AM

The Twins righthander didn’t display his typical wildness in six sharp innings.

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fuzzypilgrimJun. 4, 1310:38 PM

Sammy D, the wild card :) Way to pitch to strikeout!

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daytonsajokeJun. 4, 1310:51 PM

If you can't root for Sam Deduno then you don't love baseball.

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sportcity444Jun. 4, 1310:58 PM

Buen partido Samuel! Nice work by the bullpen too. Aside from Parmalee getting thrown out on the bases again - (will his baserunning gaffes never end?) - this was a very well played game by the Twins. You have to feel for the Royals and their fans, having been through this kind of streak a couple weeks ago it must be agonizing. Maybe they'll snap out of it...when the Twins leave town!

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downsideupJun. 4, 1311:00 PM

Here's a puzzler: What is with the Twins ability to acquire/produce great relievers, but not starters?

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Dantes929Jun. 4, 1311:29 PM

downsideup, it is a puzzle. Of course they get tons of blame for the starters but very little creddit for developing bullpens which aside from 2011 have been above average for a dozen years.

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caferevJun. 4, 1311:30 PM

Aaron Hicks is now hitting .277 over his past thirteen ball games. Keep up that pace for another 10 days to two weeks, and it might be time to put him on top of the order and see what he can do up there. Why not? No one else is doing the job, and its essentially his job for the next umpteen years, so the sooner the better. If he could keep doing that on top of the order, this team would look even better.

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Dantes929Jun. 4, 1311:32 PM

"will his baserunning gaffes never end?)" His gaffe was not getting out of the batters box quickly. Whenever a guy gets thrown out at 2nd or 3rd you can always see reasons why from the time they hit the ball. whether it is not getting a quick start, or not running hard from the get go or hesitating after rounding 1st. Still took a very strong and very accurate throw to get him.

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jimbo92107Jun. 4, 1311:35 PM

Oddest thing: Last few pitches Deduno threw, he motioned "curve ball" with his glove before going into his pitching motion. I've heard of tipping your pitches, but announcing them is another thing altogether. No wonder the last guy swung like he knew what was coming. He did!

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BallFourJun. 4, 1311:47 PM

You can apply the starter/reliever "development" to many teams. Simple math. The minors are filled with starters who become relievers, and that lesser exposure turns a two-pitch pitcher into an asset. Starters are just harder to find, and it's been the case since they made them pitch from 60-6.

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boneyardJun. 5, 1312:17 AM

"Starters are just harder to find." Yup. The scarcest commodity in the game is starting pitching. Still, it's hard to argue the Twins have done a good job with finding/developing good starting pitching in recent years. However, I have hope that Deduno and Diamond can at least bring some competence to the bump. If Correia can continue to pitch to an ERA of just over 4.00, this will be a much better team than last year's.

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