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Bats overmatched
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Twins 4, Rangers 1
Scott Feldman delivers in the first inning on Saturday night. (LM Otero/AP)
Scott Feldman probably deserved better, tossing six innings of three-run ball to keep the Rangers close. But the bats lacked oomph against Twins starter Scott Baker, who limited Texas' damage to Nelson Cruz's 23rd homer, a solo shot in the fourth.
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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: vs MIN, 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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