|MLB Career Stats||41||37||4.13||354||61||2||649.1||428||1.38|
|Year||Team||LG||NP||Pitch Type||Avg Pitch Speed (mph)||Avg Perceived Speed (mph)||Avg Spin Rate (rpm)||Avg Extension (feet)||Avg Exit Velocity (mph)|
|MLB Avg||-||-||-||Four-seam FB||92.90||92.54||2213.00||6.16||89.87|
After pitching in the Minors for six years in the Twins organization, lefty reliever Ryan O'Rourke said his emotions got the best of him when he found out Monday night that was coming up to the big leagues for the first time in his career.
The Twins officially activated right-hander Ricky Nolasco (inflammation in right elbow) and left-hander Brian Duensing (strained right intercostal) from the 15-day disabled list before Saturday's game against the White Sox.
|2010||1||20th in AL|
|2011||1||20th in AL|
|2010||1||3rd in AL|
|2011||1||8th in AL|
|2013||73||7th in AL|
|2011||193||19th in AL|
|2011||21||21st in AL|
|November 2, 2015||LHP Brian Duensing elected free agency.|
|May 2, 2015||Minnesota Twins activated LHP Brian Duensing from the 15-day disabled list.|
|April 17, 2015||Minnesota Twins placed LHP Brian Duensing on the 15-day disabled list. Right intercostal strain|
|April 3, 2014||Minnesota Twins activated LHP Brian Duensing from the paternity list.|
|March 31, 2014||Minnesota Twins placed LHP Brian Duensing on the paternity list.|
|July 3, 2009||Minnesota Twins recalled LHP Brian Duensing from Rochester Red Wings.|
|April 15, 2009||Minnesota Twins optioned Brian Duensing to Rochester Red Wings.|
Brian Matthew Duensing (pronounced DONE-sing)...wife Lisa (Blunk)...2001 graduate of Millard South (NE) High School...attended the University of Nebraska where he was Collegiate Baseball Honorable Mention All-American, Big 12 All-Freshman Team and NCAA Lincoln All-Regional Team in 2002...pitched for Team USA in 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China.2014
Made Twins Opening Day roster for sixth straight season but missed Twins first two games after being placed on Paternity List, attending the birth of his second child, Boston Matthew...Reinstated April 3...Posted a 0.84 ERA (10.2 IP, 1 ER) in nine April appearances...18 of first 20 appearances were scoreless April 3-May 29, including a string of 10 straight appearances May 5-29 (7.0 IP)...Posted a 2.52 ERA (35.2 IP, 10 ER) in 36 appearances Pre-All-Star break, the sixth best ERA in the AL among left-handed relievers (minimum 30.0 IP)...Did not allow a home run in 23 straight appearances (19.0 IP) June 10-August 15...Posted a 0.96 ERA (9.1 IP, 1 ER) in 11 July appearances...Appeared in 62 games, the second most of his career...49 of 62 appearances on the season were scoreless...Led all Twins relievers in ERA (3.31) and ranked fourth in appearances...Given the Carl R. Pohlad Community Service Award voted on by the Twin Cities Chapter of the BBWAA.2013
Made the Twins Opening Day roster for the fifth straight season... Posted a 1.76 ERA (15.1 IP, 3 ER) in first 16 appearances April 1-May 14... Earned first career save May 28 vs. Milwaukee, pitching a scoreless 14th inning... Won back-to-back games June 11 and 12 vs. Philadelphia, pitching 0.2 scoreless innings in each appearance... Did not allow a home run in first 35 appearances (26.1 IP) May 1-June 21, before allowing one to Derek Dietrich June 25 at Miami...the streak went back to August 30, 2012, a span of 47 games (48.1 IP)... Won both games of the split doubleheader August 9 at Chicago-AL, tossing 0.1 innings and 1.0 innings respectively; first MLB pitcher to win both games of a doubleheader since Yankees' Luis Vizcaino July 21, 2007...became second pitcher in franchise history to do so, the other being Washington's Walter Johnson September 23, 1923 vs. St. Louis (10.0 IP in both games)... Posted a 13.0 consecutive scoreless inning streak over 13 games August 3-September 3. Set single season career-high with 56th appearance August 16 vs. Chicago-AL... Appeared in 73 games, tied for seventh most in the American League, the most among left-handers...tied for seventh most appearance ever by a Twins left-hander.2012 Opened season in Twins bullpen, marking fourth straight season on club's Opening Day roster. ... Posted ERA of 1.71 (21.0 IP, 4 ER) and an opponent batting average of .178 (13-for-73) with no home runs allowed in first 19 appearances April 6-May 20. ... Earned first win, tossing 2.0 scoreless innings June 2 at Cleveland. ... Inserted into rotation and made first start June 23 at Cincinnati...went 0-4, 10.13 (13.1 IP, 15 ER) in four starts June 23-July 15 before returning to bullpen. ... Inserted back into rotation for seven starts July 29-August 30; earned first win as starter July 29 vs. Cleveland, allowing one run on five hits in 6.0 innings -- first win as a starter since August 28, 2011 vs. Detroit. ... Set career high with 54th appearance September 29 vs. Detroit; finished with 55 appearances. ... Went 2-4, 3.47 (57.0 IP, 22 ER) in 44 relief appearances and 2-8, 6.92 (52.0 IP, 40 ER) in 11 starts. 2011 Named to the Twins Opening Day roster as the club's number five starter...made his first start, April 5 at New York (AL), allowing four runs on six hits in 7.0 innings and did not factor into the decision...Earned his first victory, April 17 at Tampa Bay, allowing two runs on seven hits in 7.0 innings...Went 2-1, 2.91 (34.0 ip, 11 er) in five starts in April and 0-4, 8.76 (24.2 ip, 24 er) in six games (five starts) in May...Lost five straight decisions, April 30-25 before snapping that streak, tossing 8.0 shutout innings in a win, June 5 at Kansas City...Tossed his second career complete game shutout, allowing six hits, walking four and striking out seven, July 4 vs. Tampa Bay...Recorded his 200th career strikeout, fanning Ramon Castro in the fifth inning, July 9 at Chicago (AL)...Set a career-high with nine strikeouts in 6.2 innings, August 13 at Cleveland...was dealt the loss in that start, allowing three runs on nine hits...Was unavailable to pitch from September 4-13 with a right oblique strain...injury occurred in the second inning of his start, September 3 at Los Angeles (AL)...Held left-handed batters to a .217 (38-for-175) batting average with seven extra-base hits...Committed four fielding errors on the season after entering 2011 having committed none...Led the Twins staff in losses but ranked second on the staff in innings pitched, starts and strikeouts. 2010 Started the season on the Twins' Opening Day roster for the second consecutive season...began the season in the bullpen and went 3-1, 1.67 (43.0 ip, 8 er) with nine holds in 39 appearances...Did not allow a run in 10 consecutive appearances (9.1 ip), April 17-May 12...Recorded his first career plate appearance, June 24 at Milwaukee...was struck out by Yovani Gallardo...Inserted into the Twins starting rotation (July 23), replacing Nick Blackburn...at the time of his move to the rotation, he ranked eighth in the American League in ERA for relievers (1.67) and second among lefties...his .214 opponent batting average ranked fifth among lefty relievers...first batters faced in relief went 1-for-36 (.028)...Made his first start of season, July 23 at Baltimore...did not factor into the decision, allowing one run on four hits in 5.0 innings, with no walks and three strikeouts...Recorded first win of season as a starter, allowing two runs on eight hits in 6.0 innings, July 28 at Kansas City...Pitched a three-hit, complete game shutout, the first of his career, August 14 vs. Oakland...became just the third Twins lefty to pitch a shutout since 2002, joining Eric Milton (August, 2002) and Johan Santana (June, 2007)...Earned his seventh victory of the season, allowing one run on seven hits in 8.0 innings, August 20 vs. Los Angeles (AL)...the win improved his record on the season to 7-1...Set a season-high with seven strikeouts, tossing 8.0 innings, allowing one run on six hits with no walks, September 8 vs. Kansas City...Recorded his 10th win, allowing three runs on six hits in 6.0 innings in a Twins 9-3 victory, September 20 vs. Cleveland...Won five consecutive decisions, July 18-August 20, and eight of nine decisions, July 18-September 20...Was 7-2, 3.05 (85.2 ip, 29 er) in 13 starts and 3-1, 1.80 (45.0 ip, 9 er) in 40 relief appearances...Was one of two pitchers in Major League Baseball to make 40-or-more relief appearances and 10-or-more starts (Hisanori Takahashi - NYM). 2009 Started season on the Twins Opening Day roster for the first time in his career...appeared in one game for the Twins, making his Major League debut in relief, April 10 at Chicago (AL) allowing two earned runs on two hits in 3.0 innings with no walks...optioned to Triple-A Rochester, April 14...made 13 starts for the Red Wings...pitched 7.0 innings in three straight starts, May 18-29...tossed 8.0 innings and allowed one run on six hits, earning the win, June 26 vs. Colorado Springs...recalled by Minnesota, July 7...made first career start, July 29 vs. Chicago (AL), allowing two runs on three hits in 5.0 innings...earned his first Major League win, August 22 at Kansas City, allowing two runs on six hits in 5.0 ip while walking one...second career victory, allowing one run on three hits in 7.0 innings, striking out eight, August 28 vs. Texas...tossed 7.0 shutout innings, September 2 vs. Chicago (AL)... earned the win with 7.0 shutout innings, September 13 vs. Oakland...went 5-0, 1.88 (43.0 ip, 9 er) in seven starts from August 22-September 23...posted an .833 (5-1) winning percentage from August 22 until the end of the season, tying him for fourth-best in the American League during that span...his 2.78 ERA (35.2 ip, 11 er) in September was the seventh-lowest in the A.L. (six starts)...went 0-1, 5.17 (31.1 ip, 18 er) in 15 relief appearances and 5-1, 2.73 (52.2 ip, 16 er) in nine starts...started Game 1 of the ALDS, October 7 at New York (AL), allowing five runs on seven hits in 4.2 innings, becoming the third rookie in club history to start a postseason game. 2008 Pitched all season at Triple-A Rochester...lost his first two starts of the year despite posting a 2.31 ERA (11.2 ip, 3 er)...earned his first win April 14 vs. Syracuse allowing three runs in 5.2 innings...posted a 2.75 ERA (36.0 ip, 11 er) over his first six starts...went 1-0 with a 0.90 ERA (20.0 ip, 2 er) in three starts from May 30-June 9...did not allow a run in back-to-back starts June 4 and 9 (15.0 innings)...earned his fifth win of the season with 6.0 scoreless innings, July 4 vs. Buffalo...pitched for the 2008 USA Olympic Team, July 28-August 27...posted a 1-0 record with a 1.17 ERA (7.2 ip, 1 er) and a .125 batting average against in four Olympic appearances...earned the win August 16 vs. Team Canada as he tossed 3.1 scoreless innings of relief in a 5-4 win for Team USA...he struck out three and did not walk a batter...he entered the game trailing 4-3 in the sixth inning with the bases loaded and two outs...he struck out Adam Stern to end the inning...returned to the Red Wings and made his only relief appearance of the season, August 29 (2.0 scoreless innings)....made his final start, September 1 vs. Buffalo tossing 5.1 innings allowing three runs...went 3-2 with a 3.39 ERA over 12 home appearances (11 starts). 2007 Began season at Double-A New Britain...allowed three runs-or-less in first six starts, going 3-0, 2.14 (33.2 ip, 8 er), April 9-May 9... season-high 8.0 innings, May 4 vs. Trenton...promoted to Rochester, May 30...was 4-1, 2.19 (37.0 ip, 9 er) in five starts, May 30-June 27...season-high six-game win-streak, going 6-0, 2.44 (44.1 ip, 12 er) in seven starts, July 7-August 8...named Twins' Minor League Player of the Week, August 3-9...tied season-high nine strikeouts, August 27 vs. Pawtucket...tied for second in all of the minors with three complete games...was tied for ninth in all of minor league baseball with 15 wins...was third in International League in earned run average and tied for third in wins...ranked the 18th-best prospect in the Eastern League by Baseball America...rated eighth-best prospect in the Twins' organization by Baseball America entering the 2008 season. 2006 Began season at Single-A Beloit...was 2-0, 1.70 (42.1 ip, 8 er) in six starts, April 18-May 16....tossed 6.0-plus innings in eight consecutive starts, April 18-May 28...pitched season-high 9.0 innings in complete game shutout, May 10 at West Michigan...promoted to Single-A Ft. Myers, June 6...tossed 6.0-plus innings in six consecutive starts, June 9-July 6...promoted to Double-A New Britain, July 14...tied season-high eight strikeouts, July 23 at Erie...was eighth in Twins' organization in earned run average (3.49). 2005 Spent first professional season at Rookie Level Elizabethton...was 1-0, 1.13 (8.0 ip, 1 er) in three appearances (one start), July 5-15...did not allow a run in two of three appearances (two starts), going 2-0, 2.19 (12.1 ip, 3 er), August 6-11...tossed season-high 7.0 innings, August 11 at Danville...tied season-high nine strikeouts, August 24 at Bristol.