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  • Rockies/Twins Sun May 18th

    Sunday May 18th 1:05 MT-TV: my20 | Radio: KOA 850
    TV: WFTC29, (FSN outstate) | Radio: KSTP-AM/TRN

    _______Rockies 16-27 vs Twins 21-21_______

    _______Jeff Francis 0-4 6.27era vs Kevin Slowey 0-3 5.79era_______

    Rockies: Francis gave up 13 hits, matching a career high, and eight runs in 4 2/3 innings of a loss at Arizona on Tuesday night. He left insisting he pitched better than his numbers. It was true that a number of the hits were soft, but his difficulties pitching inside against right-handed hitters and the slight location misses with his fastball and changeup were every bit as much a problem. After a good three-start string, Francis has given up 25 hits in 15 innings over his last three starts.

    Twins: Slowey was effective if not efficient in his last start. The right-hander allowed just three runs over his 5 2/3 innings, throwing a total of 107 pitches in that span. The Blue Jays put together some long at-bats against Slowey, raising him pitch count quickly. Home runs also continue to be a problem. He's given up 20 homers over 16 career appearances. For his next start he'll face the Rockies for the first time in his career at Coors Field.

    The crowd of 43,149 at Coors Field included what club officials said was the largest walk-up crowd in stadium history -- 8,456 fans. ... Jeff Baker broke up Livan Hernandez's perfect game in the sixth, and also broke up Dustin McGowan's no-hitter with a ninth-inning single on June 24, 2007. ... For only the second time in franchise history, Rockies hitters didn't draw a walk or record a strikeout. The other time occurred August 22, 1999 against Philadelphia, a 4-0 Rockies victory.

    Joe Mauer was in the lineup again on Saturday with no residual problems from a neck strain that he suffered in batting practice on Friday. The catcher will have the day off on Sunday with Mike Redmond getting the start behind the plate. ... Adam Everett's arm strength is still a big question mark for the Twins. The shortstop made a weak throw from the hole in Friday night's game that didn't even reach the pitcher's mound before its first hop, although it was a play that would not have been made anyway. Gardenhire said that while the strength is still lacking, the shortstop is catching the ball, turning double plays and making the plays up the middle. "Hopefully, as he continues to do his arm exercises, he'll get stronger and we'll see better arm strength," Gardenhire said. "Now it's what it is. All we ask him is to make the plays and he's doing that."... Gardenhire said that the team was trying to give Jesse Crain and Matt Guerrier another night off on Saturday if possible. Neither pitcher threw on Friday, but Crain threw on back-to-back days, Wednesday and Thursday, for the first time this season.

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    Last edited by Old Sweater; 05-18-2008, 12:06 AM.

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