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Baker dominates
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Twins 4, Rangers 1
Carlos Gomez dives back into first on a pickoff attempt in the second frame. (AP)
Staked to an early lead, Twins starter Scott Baker ran away and hid. The young righty stifled the Rangers, limiting them to one run on six hits over eight innings, while striking out eight. Michael Cuddyer hit his 15th homer in the fifth, an insurance run Minnesota didn't need.
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Series at a glance:
  • Fri. 07/17: MIN 5, TEX 3
  • Sat. 07/18: MIN 4, TEX 1
  • Sun. 07/19: @ TEX, 7:05 PM CT
MIN
Minnesota (47-44)
Won 3
Minnesota 4, Texas 1   TEX
Texas (48-41)
Lost 4
July 18, 2009
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Minnesota
0 2 0 0 1 0 0 1 0   4 8 0
Texas
0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0   1 7 0
Standings thru 7/18/09  |  Recap: MIN | TEX  |  Gameday  |  Twins stats  |  Rangers stats
Minnesota AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Span, LF 5 0 0 0 0 0 3 .287
Casilla, A, 2B 5 1 1 0 0 1 2 .175
Mauer, C 3 0 0 0 1 1 0 .367
Morneau, 1B 4 1 2 1 0 1 0 .317
Kubel, DH 2 0 0 0 2 0 1 .312
Cuddyer, RF 4 2 2 2 0 1 4 .272
Crede, 3B 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 .236
  Harris, B, 3B 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .273
Gomez, C, CF 4 0 2 1 0 1 1 .247
Punto, SS 3 0 1 0 1 1 0 .203
Totals 34 4 8 4 4 6 13  

BATTING
2B: Cuddyer (20, Feldman), Punto (5, Feldman).
HR: Cuddyer (15, 5th inning off Feldman, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Cuddyer 6; Punto 2; Gomez, C 2; Morneau 2; Casilla, A.
RBI: Cuddyer 2 (49), Gomez, C (21), Morneau (71).
2-out RBI: Gomez, C; Morneau.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Span; Gomez, C; Cuddyer 2; Casilla, A 2.
Team RISP: 3-for-11.
Team LOB: 7.

BASERUNNING
SB: Kubel (1, 2nd base off Jennings/Saltalamacchia), Casilla, A (3, 2nd base off Jennings/Saltalamacchia), Gomez, C (8, 2nd base off Grilli/Saltalamacchia).
CS: Gomez, C (5, 2nd base by Feldman/Saltalamacchia).

 
Texas AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Kinsler, 2B 4 0 1 0 0 0 2 .249
Young, M, 3B 4 0 1 0 0 0 2 .307
Hamilton, CF 4 0 0 0 0 3 3 .250
Byrd, RF 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 .281
Blalock, 1B 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 .256
Cruz, N, DH 4 1 3 1 0 1 1 .266
Murphy, Dv, LF 3 0 0 0 1 2 3 .270
Saltalamacchia, C 4 0 0 0 0 3 3 .239
Andrus, SS 2 0 1 0 1 1 0 .255
Totals 33 1 7 1 2 10 16  

BATTING
2B: Cruz, N (15, Baker, S).
HR: Cruz, N (23, 4th inning off Baker, S, 0 on, 2 out).
TB: Kinsler; Andrus; Cruz, N 7; Young, M; Byrd.
RBI: Cruz, N (54).
2-out RBI: Cruz, N.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Byrd; Saltalamacchia 2; Hamilton.
Team RISP: 0-for-7.
Team LOB: 7.

BASERUNNING
SB: Andrus (17, 2nd base off Baker, S/Mauer).
CS: Andrus (2, 2nd base by Baker, S/Mauer).

 
Minnesota IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Baker, S (W, 8-7) 8.0 6 1 1 2 8 1 5.10
Nathan (S, 25) 1.0 1 0 0 0 2 0 1.24
 
Texas IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Feldman (L, 8-3) 6.0 5 3 3 0 5 1 3.87
Jennings 1.2 2 1 1 2 1 0 3.33
Grilli 0.2 1 0 0 2 0 0 4.18
Nippert 0.2 0 0 0 0 0 0 6.75

Pitches-strikes: Baker, S 114-73, Nathan 15-10, Feldman 108-66, Jennings 43-25, Grilli 20-11, Nippert 10-6.
Groundouts-flyouts: Baker, S 6-4, Nathan 0-0, Feldman 8-1, Jennings 3-1, Grilli 0-1, Nippert 0-1.
Batters faced: Baker, S 31, Nathan 4, Feldman 22, Jennings 9, Grilli 5, Nippert 2.
Inherited runners-scored: Grilli 2-0, Nippert 2-0.
Ejections: Minnesota Twins Manager Ron Gardenhire ejected by 1B umpire Gary Cederstrom (9th)
Umpires: HP: Brian O'Nora. 1B: Gary Cederstrom. 2B: Adrian Johnson. 3B: Jim Wolf.
Weather: 93 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 6 mph, In from LF.
T: 3:08.
Att: 31,041.
Venue: Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.
July 18, 2009
July 18, 2009

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