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Game Thread #72: Twins (36-37) at Brewers (38-33)

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Current Series

3 game series vs Twins @ Miller Park

Tue 06/23 WP: Francisco Liriano ( - )
LP: Jeff Suppan ( - )
3 - 7 loss
Wed 06/24 WP: Todd Coffey ( - )
SV: Trevor Hoffman
LP: Nick Blackburn ( - )
4 - 3 win

Minnesota Twins
@ Milwaukee Brewers

Thursday, Jun 25, 2009, 1:05 PM CDT
Miller Park

Scott Baker vs Mike Burns

Mostly sunny. Game time temperature around 85.

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Today, we see what Burns can do.

30-year-old Mike Burns, making just his 47th career major league appearance (and just his second as a Brewer), will get his first career start today in the series finale against the Twins. Burns pitched four scoreless innings in his only Brewer appearance, mopping up after a disastrous Manny Parra outing several weeks ago. In Nashville, he went 7-2 with a 2.55 ERA in 12 starts, and walked just 13 batters in 77.2 innings. He's the textbook definition of a minor league journeyman, having pitched in AAA for a different organization in each of the last five seasons, but the Brewers hope he can keep his momentum going today.

He'll be opposed by Scott Baker, who comes in carrying a 4-6 record with a 5.22 ERA in 13 starts. Beyond the Box Score says opposing batters swing at Baker's pitches 53.6% of the time, easily the highest percentage in the major leagues (Johan Santana, in second place, has 51.4%). He beat the Brewers on May 24, allowing three runs in 8.1 innings.

Today's lineup:

2B Craig Counsell
3B Casey McGehee
LF Ryan Braun
1B Prince Fielder
RF Corey Hart
CF Mike Cameron
SS JJ Hardy
C Jason Kendall
RHP Mike Burns

(h/t Anthony Witrado)

Here's a look at the bullpen for today:

Todd Coffey pitched an inning last night.
Mitch Stetter pitched an inning last night.
Trevor Hoffman pitched an inning last night.
Carlos Villanueva
has not pitched since Tuesday.
Chris Smith has not pitched since Tuesday.
Chris Narveson has not pitched since Tuesday.
Mark DiFelice has not pitched since Saturday.

Thursday's Game Thread is now open.