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Game Thread: August 16, 2006

Cleveland at Minnesota, 8:10 PM (STO)

Starting Pitchers:

Cleveland: Cliff Lee (10-8, 4.64 ERA)
Minnesota: Carlos Silva (8-10, 6.41 ERA)

What a difference a day makes. The Twins sent the best starting pitcher in the AL (per the Hardball Times' Pitching Runs Created) to the mound yesterday; today they send the worst in the circuit.  Silva's game has always been to "pitch to contact," but that hasn't worked this season because (a) The Twins' defense has been horrible, and (b) his ground ball percentage is 41.1%, well off his career norms.