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Saunders a virtuoso
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Angels 1, Twins 0
Joe Saunders walked only one in his outing on Wednesday night. (Paul Battaglia/AP)
Joe Saunders was masterful in his eight-inning outing against the Twins on Wednesday night at the Metrodome. Howie Kendrick scored the only run and Franciso Rodriguez nailed the save down.
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Series at a glance:
LAA
LA Angels (2-1)
Won 2
LA Angels 1, Minnesota 0   MIN
Minnesota (1-2)
Lost 2
April 2, 2008
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
LA Angels
0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0   1 7 2
Minnesota
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   0 4 0
Standings thru 4/2/08  |  Recap: LAA | MIN  |  Gameday  |  Angels stats  |  Twins stats
LA Angels AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Figgins, 3B 3 0 1 0 1 0 0 .333
Matthews, LF 4 0 2 0 0 1 1 .308
Guerrero, RF 4 0 0 0 0 3 4 .333
Anderson, G, DH 3 0 0 0 1 1 3 .250
Hunter, To, CF 4 0 2 0 0 0 2 .167
Kotchman, 1B 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 .385
Kendrick, H, 2B 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 .417
Mathis, C 3 0 1 0 0 1 0 .333
Aybar, SS 4 0 0 0 0 1 3 .000
Totals 32 1 7 0 2 7 17  

BATTING
TB: Figgins; Mathis; Hunter, To 2; Kendrick, H; Matthews 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Aybar; Hunter, To 2.
SAC: Mathis.
GIDP: Kotchman.
Team RISP: 1-for-8.
Team LOB: 8.

BASERUNNING
SB: Matthews (1, 2nd base off Guerrier/Redmond, M).

FIELDING
E: Aybar (1, fielding), Mathis (1, throw).
DP: 4 (Kendrick, H-Aybar-Kotchman 4).
Pickoffs: Saunders, J (Tolbert at 1st base).

 
Minnesota AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Gomez, C, CF 4 0 1 0 0 2 2 .364
Harris, B, 2B 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 .222
  a-Mauer, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .222
Cuddyer, RF 3 0 1 0 0 1 0 .273
Morneau, 1B 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000
Young, D, LF 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 .455
Monroe, DH 2 0 0 0 1 1 0 .000
Redmond, M, C 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000
Punto, 3B 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 .333
Tolbert, SS 2 0 1 0 1 0 1 .333
Totals 27 0 4 0 2 5 9  

a-Grounded into a double play for Harris, B in the 9th.

BATTING
TB: Cuddyer; Tolbert; Punto; Gomez, C.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Harris, B.
GIDP: Harris, B, Morneau, Redmond, M, Mauer.
Team RISP: 0-for-1.
Team LOB: 2.

BASERUNNING
SB: Punto (1, 2nd base off Saunders, J/Mathis).
CS: Tolbert (1, 2nd base by Saunders, J/Mathis).
PO: Tolbert (1st base by Saunders, J).

FIELDING
DP: (Tolbert-Morneau).

 
LA Angels IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Saunders, J (W, 1-0) 8.0 4 0 0 1 4 0 0.00
Rodriguez, Fr (S, 1) 1.0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0.00
 
Minnesota IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Blackburn (L, 0-1) 7.0 5 1 1 1 6 0 1.29
Guerrier 0.1 2 0 0 1 1 0 0.00
Reyes, De 0.2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Neshek 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00

WP: Blackburn.
IBB: Anderson, G (by Guerrier).
HBP: Kendrick, H (by Blackburn).
Pitches-strikes: Saunders, J 80-52, Rodriguez, Fr 10-5, Blackburn 86-63, Guerrier 15-8, Reyes, De 1-1, Neshek 8-6.
Groundouts-flyouts: Saunders, J 12-5, Rodriguez, Fr 1-0, Blackburn 12-3, Guerrier 0-0, Reyes, De 1-0, Neshek 2-1.
Batters faced: Saunders, J 26, Rodriguez, Fr 3, Blackburn 28, Guerrier 4, Reyes, De 1, Neshek 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Reyes, De 3-0.
Umpires: HP: Brian Runge. 1B: Chris Guccione. 2B: Charlie Reliford. 3B: Kerwin Danley.
Weather: 70 degrees, dome.
Wind: Indoors.
T: 2:09.
Att: 21,932.
Venue: Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome.
April 2, 2008
April 2, 2008

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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