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Updated: July 23rd, 2010 9:17pm
Duensing solid in first start, but Twins lose 3-2 to Orioles

Duensing solid in first start, but Twins lose 3-2 to Orioles

by Phil Mackey
1500ESPN.com
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Brian Duensing pitched five solid innings in his first start of the season, but a two-run homer by Luke Scott off reliever Anthony Slama gave the Orioles a 3-2 win over the Minnesota Twins on Friday night.

Duensing took Nick Blackburn's spot in the rotation, and the left-hander certainly held his own, allowing only one earned run on four hits in five innings. He threw 66 pitches and struck out three.

Duensing is tentatively scheduled to start again on Wednesday in Kansas City, and he is likely to remain in the starting rotation as long as he continues to pitch well.

Kevin Slowey is scheduled to start on Sunday, and there's a good chance he needs a strong start to keep his spot in the rotation. If Slowey struggles, don't be surprised to see the Twins let Blackburn pitch in his place the next time through. If Slowey pitches well, Blackburn will likely remain the odd man out.

Then there's always the possibility of the Twins making a trade at some point before next week's July 31st deadline.

Stay tuned.

Hudson to miss time?

Orlando Hudson, who missed nearly three weeks with a wrist injury in June, strained his right oblique after hitting a fly ball to centerfield in the third inning.

Hudson ran out of the batter's box before grabbing his side in pain and falling to the ground.

Alexi Casilla replaced Hudson and went 1-for-1 with a sacrifice bunt and a run scored.

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