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Updated: May 6th, 2010 6:01pm
Pregame notes: Pavano looks to keep throwing strikes

Pregame notes: Pavano looks to keep throwing strikes

by Phil Mackey
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The Twins will play once again without C Joe Mauer (heel) and SS J.J. Hardy (wrist) tonight, as the Baltimore Orioles come to town for a four-game series at Target Field.

Mauer took light batting practice before the game, and he's still considered day-to-day.

Hardy will continue to rest his jammed wrist for at least another day or two.

"We're going to give him as much time as we need with that wrist," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He's still sore, like I said. It feels better today than it did yesterday, but still pretty stiff."


* The Orioles (7-21) enter tonight's game with the third-worst on base percentage (.310), and the third-worst walk rate (7.4%) in baseball. Twins starting pitcher Carl Pavano (3-2, 3.73 ERA) has walked only three batters in 31 1/3 innings -- the second-lowest walk rate among starting pitchers.

In other words, don't expect the Orioles to be working the count all night.

* Orioles starting pitcher Brad Bergesen (1-2, 10.57 ERA) has yet to last beyond five innings in any of his four starts this season. In those four starts, Bergesen has allowed at least four runs every time out.

* Joe Mauer has been helping Wilson Ramos learn about opposing hitters, and he had nothing but praise for the young catcher.

"A guy like Wilson, you don't have to really talk about anything physically," Mauer said. "He's a heck of a talent, but yeah, we go over pitchers, and hitters on the other team -- just like I did with Drew (Butera). He's doing a great job, and he's learning real fast."

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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