Minnesota Twins (51-59) @ Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (60-51)
Pitching Probables: MIN – Francisco Liriano (7-8, 4.67 ERA) LAA – Dan Haren (11-6, 2.89 ERA)
Game Info: 7:05 PM PT; TV - KCOP; Radio - KLAA 830 AM
The Angels just missed an opportunity to claim a first place tie with the Rangers last night, all thanks to the self-destructive hand of Joel Pineiro. Thankfully the Rangers still have one more game against the oh so hot Detroit Tigers, who are one game away from sweeping the Rangers. This couldn't play any better into the hands of the Angels, which would push the Rangers to a 4 game losing streak and give the Angels yet another opportunity to take first. I'll chalk up last nights failure to do so as bad luck on the part of Joel Pineiro being allowed to take the mound once again. I don't want to go on another Pineiro rant, but seriously, the guy just kept us from taking first place. He's done it to us earlier in the season and if he stays in this rotation he'll get many more chances to screw us over.
Thankfully for us Dan Haren is on the mound tonight, someone who can actually get through the first inning without giving up 8 runs. As a matter of fact, Dan Haren has the ability to get through an entire game without giving up a run! That's an ability he's going to need to channel in full force tonight if he wants to give the Angels a strong chance of either taking first or staying within a game of the Rangers.