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Updated: July 8th, 2010 10:08pm
Scott Baker has elbow tendinitis; Delmon Young misses out on All-Star game

Scott Baker has elbow tendinitis; Delmon Young misses out on All-Star game

by Phil Mackey
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The road woes continued on Thursday night, as the Twins served up five home runs to the Blue Jays in an 8-1 bludgeoning.

Scott Baker allowed a leadoff home run to Fred Lewis, then was pounded for four runs in the second inning after a solo home run by Adam Lind, and a bases-loaded double by Alex Gonzalez.

Baker settled down to finish six innings, allowing those five earned runs on seven hits while striking out four.

Update: Joe Christensen from the Star Tribune reports Baker has tendinitis in his pitching elbow. Baker said, "I don't think, in any way shape or form, it's affecting my pitches." Baker will have a cortisone shot and pitch on July 17 or 18 after the All-Star break.

Alex Burnett came on in the seventh inning and allowed two solo home runs, and Ron Mahay allowed a solo shot of his own in the eighth.

The moon shots by Toronto come as no surprise. They now lead the major leagues with 130 home runs. Twins pitchers have now allowed 88 home runs, which puts them in the top 10 (or bottom 10, depending on your perspective).

Baker (7-8, 4.87) who traditionally heats up in June and July almost every year, has now allowed at least five earned runs in four of his last six starts.

Justin Morneau sat out after taking a knee to the head in Wednesday night's game.

Delmon Young misses out on All-Star game

Delmon Young, who went 1-for-3 with a double on Thursday night, will not join Morneau and Joe Mauer on the American League All-Star team. He lost out to Nick Swisher in the fan voting on for the final roster spot. Kevin Youkilis, Paul Konerko and Michael Young were also on the ballot.

Young is hitting .306/.340/.507 with 10 home runs and 57 RBIs this season.

To put Young's improvements this season into context, he has never posted a slugging percentage higher than .425 in a full season, and he has never hit more than 13 home runs, Young is also on pace to set career-highs in batting average, on-base percentage, and RBIs.

On top of that, Young has cut way down on strikeouts (13.2 percent vs. 23.3 percent in 2009) while also improving his overall approach at the plate -- 83 percent contact rate, which is much higher than his previous high of 76 percent, and a 5.6 percent walk rate, which trumps his 2.9 percent rate from last season.

Phil Mackey is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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