|MINNESOTA ( DIAMOND )|
TORONTO ( REDMOND )
|967||MINNESOTA||+155||Ov 9.5,-110||+155||Ov 9.5,-105|
|968||TORONTO||-165||Un 9.5,-110||-165||Un 9.5,-115|
|vs Right-handed Starters||30-38||+0.7||29-37||4.1||0.245||0.314||4.5||0.282||0.334|
|Past 7 Games||1-6||-4.5||4-3||4.0||0.240||0.297||6.0||0.282||0.337|
|vs Left-handed Starters||11-13||-2.2||15-9||4.6||0.262||0.307||5.2||0.271||0.339|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-4||3-3||3.6||0.248||0.308||5.4||0.262||0.303|
|6/23/2013||HERNANDEZ(L)||@ CLEVELAND||CARRASCO(R)||5-3||W||140||9.5 ev||U||12||10||0||8||10||0|
|6/25/2013||CORREIA(R)||@ MIAMI||FERNANDEZ(R)||2-4||L||105||7 ov||U||8||9||3||8||8||1|
|6/26/2013||DIAMOND(L)||@ MIAMI||KOEHLER(R)||3-5||L||100||8 un||P||8||9||1||11||6||1|
|6/27/2013||DEDUNO(R)||KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)||3-1||W||-135||9 ov||U||6||4||0||7||7||1|
|6/28/2013||WALTERS(R)||KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)||3-9||L||+125||8 ov||O||10||9||0||11||2||0|
|6/29/2013||GIBSON(R)||KANSAS CITY||DAVIS(R)||6-2||W||-115||8.5 un||U||9||5||0||10||9||0|
|6/30/2013||CORREIA(R)||KANSAS CITY||SANTANA(R)||8-9||L||+100||8 ov||O||9||9||0||13||6||2|
|7/1/2013||DIAMOND(L)||NY YANKEES||PETTITTE(L)||4-10||L||+110||8 un||O||8||9||2||14||8||1|
|7/2/2013||DEDUNO(R)||NY YANKEES||HUGHES(R)||3-7||L||-110||8.5 un||O||9||9||1||10||4||0|
|7/3/2013||WALTERS(R)||NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)||2-3||L||+155||8 un||U||8||9||0||4||4||1|
|7/4/2013||GIBSON(R)||NY YANKEES||PHELPS(R)||5-9||L||-125||8.5 un||O||11||7||0||13||4||0|
|7/5/2013||CORREIA(R)||@ TORONTO||BUEHRLE(L)||0-4||L||165||9 un||U||7||7||0||10||8||0|
|7/6/2013||PELFREY(R)||@ TORONTO||DICKEY(R)||6-0||W||185||9 ov||U||7||3||1||4||4||0|
|7/7/2013||DIAMOND(L)||@ TORONTO||REDMOND(R)|| |
|7/8/2013||DEDUNO(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||HERNANDEZ(R)|| |
|7/9/2013||GIBSON(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)|| |
|7/10/2013||CORREIA(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||HELLICKSON(R)|| |
|7/11/2013||PELFREY(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||MOORE(L)|| |
|7/12/2013||DIAMOND(L)||@ NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)|| |
|7/13/2013||DEDUNO(R)||@ NY YANKEES||HUGHES(R)|| |
|7/14/2013|| ||@ NY YANKEES|| || |
|6/24/2013||ROGERS(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||HELLICKSON(R)||1-4||L||130||8.5 un||U||4||6||0||8||5||0|
|6/25/2013||BUEHRLE(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||MOORE(L)||1-5||L||125||8 un||U||6||11||0||11||14||0|
|6/26/2013||DICKEY(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||HERNANDEZ(R)||3-0||W||105||8.5 un||U||6||3||0||2||2||0|
|6/27/2013||WANG(R)||@ BOSTON||LESTER(L)||4-7||L||160||9.5 un||O||5||2||0||9||4||0|
|6/28/2013||JOHNSON(R)||@ BOSTON||WEBSTER(R)||5-7||L||100||10 ev||O||8||5||0||15||9||1|
|6/29/2013||ROGERS(R)||@ BOSTON||DOUBRONT(L)||6-2||W||130||10.5 ov||U||10||5||1||10||8||2|
|6/30/2013||BUEHRLE(L)||@ BOSTON||DEMPSTER(R)||4-5||L||140||10 un||U||11||10||1||9||8||0|
|7/9/2013||JOHNSON(R)||@ CLEVELAND||JIMENEZ(R)|| |
|7/10/2013||ROGERS(R)||@ CLEVELAND||MASTERSON(R)|| |
|7/11/2013||BUEHRLE(L)||@ CLEVELAND||CARRASCO(R)|| |
|7/12/2013||DICKEY(R)||@ BALTIMORE||HAMMEL(R)|| |
|7/13/2013||REDMOND(R)||@ BALTIMORE||FELDMAN(R)|| |
|7/14/2013|| ||@ BALTIMORE|| || |
|MINNESOTA: HITTING: OF BEN REVERE's slap-and-run style fits well in spacious Target Field. He will compete with lefty Chris Parmelee for the starting RF job. OF DENARD SPAN should be over his concussion problems. He works the count well as a steady presence near the top of the order. C JOE MAUER will see more time at first in an attempt to keep him healthy. Offensively, he'll be limited by a pitcher-friendly home park and no support in the lineup. RYAN DOUMIT has a chance to play regularly and stay healthy as a full-time DH and/or backing up Mauer behind the dish. 1B JUSTIN MORNEAU's concussion symptoms came back late last year. It's a bad omen. OF JOSH WILLINGHAM is being relied on to produce runs, but he's going from one pitcher-friendly home park (Oakland) to another. 3B DANNY VALENCIA showed enough power in 2011 to secure an everyday job heading into 2012. Newly signed SS JAMEY CARROLL has done a nice job off the bench, but hasn't been tested in an everyday role. If hamstring problems are still holding him back, 2B ALEXI CASILLA has won the second-base job ahead of disappointing import TSUYOSHI NISHIOKA, who will start the year in the minors. |
STARTING PITCHING: Who would have thought CARL PAVANO would emerge as the picture of consistency and durability? While he's far from a star, the veteran continues to be a rock for Minnesota, throwing strikes and eating innings. SCOTT BAKER got hurt again last year. If he could ever stay healthy, he's the prototype for success at Target Field'lots of strikeouts, few walks, lots of flyouts. The FRANCISCO LIRIANO rollercoaster nosedived again last year. The Twins have gotten so desperate to keep him healthy that they actually let him pitch more over the offseason. He's obviously a huge risk again. BRIAN DUENSING, NICK BLACKBURN and JASON MARQUIS are all the definition of fifth starter. They serve it up, give up a lot of hard-hit balls, and hope they get hit right at their defenders. If Duensing and Blackburn falter, ANTHONY SWARZAK probably pitched well enough last year to get a shot in the rotation. LIAM HENDRICKS, one of the organization's better prospects, would be a slightly more exciting option.
RELIEF PITCHING: Despite his underwhelming performance last year, MATT CAPPS will pitch the ninth inning again because of his 'closer's experience.' He figures to be on an undeservedly long leash. GLEN PERKINS certainly proved he deserves to close. He was Minnesota's best reliever in his first full season in the 'pen. His velocity was up as a short reliever, and the lefty was truly overpowering. If things go sour for the Twins again this season (and it seems likely they will), perhaps they'll get serious about Perkins later this year.
|TORONTO: HITTING: SS YUNEL ESCOBAR brings a little pop and could score runs in bunches atop a solid lineup. OF JOSE BAUTISTA has simply been the best hitter in baseball the past two seasons. 1B ADAM LIND will have plenty of RBI chances, but his average stinks and he faded late last year. 3B BRETT LAWRIE will be a 30-30 candidate in his prime and he's a solid slugger already. Expect big power numbers but a painful average in C J.P. ARENCIBIA's sophomore season. OF COLBY RASMUS should have his head right this year and could see an uptick in power numbers. 2B KELLY JOHNSON improved his dreadful average after being traded to Toronto. He has great potential as a 20-20 candidate. DH EDWIN ENCARNACION raked at home last season and has the position flexibility to stay in the lineup every day. OF ERIC THAMES will start in left field. Thames has 15-15 potential. OF RAJAI DAVIS' speed makes him worthy of staying in the fourth outfielder role. |
STARTING PITCHING: He's not really an ace, but RICKY ROMERO is a solid innings-eater at the front of the Jays' staff. He's a low-risk, low-reward starting pitcher. BRANDON MORROW's talent is intriguing. His mid-90s heat and deceptive slider lead to huge strikeout tallies, but also leads to a lot of gopher balls. Questionable conditioning was an issue for BRETT CECIL last year, as he gave up a whopping 37 HR between the majors and Triple-A. He seemed to straighten things out over the second half of last season. HENDERSON ALVAREZ's performance as a 21-year-old gives him an inside track for a rotation spot. He has intriguing upside. DUSTIN McGOWAN returned in September from a 38-month layoff to put himself in the mix for the rotation. His mid-90s gas is still there, giving him 175-K potential. KYLE DRABEK has great potential, but he was a disaster in 2011. He could not command his promising arsenal of pitches, and broke down mentally at times.
RELIEF PITCHING: SERGIO SANTOS has unhittable stuff, but will have to battle newcomer FRANCISCO CORDERO as Toronto's closer. Cordero's strikeout rate dropped down to a putrid 5.4 K/9 last year, but he showed great command with a stellar 1.02 WHIP. CASEY JANSSEN was Toronto's most improved pitcher in 2011. He has a sinking fastball, a pretty good K rate and performed quite well against the AL East last season. Prospect JOEL CARRENO, a starter in the minors, is a closer-in-waiting. He was impressive out of the pen after a late-August call-up, and averaged better than a strikeout per inning, albeit with shaky control, in the minors.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (MINNESOTA-TORONTO) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Twins-Blue Jays Preview* =========================
By MATT BEARDMORE STATS Writer
Minnesota (36-47) at Toronto (42-44), 1:07 p.m. EDT
The Minnesota Twins haven't won a series north of the border in eight seasons.
That can change Sunday when Ontario native Scott Diamond gets the ball for the Twins in the finale against the Toronto Blue Jays.
Losers of 16 of 20 to the Blue Jays and eight of nine at Toronto following Friday's 4-0 defeat, the Twins won 6-0 on Saturday. Leadoff man Brian Dozier hit a three-run homer and had a career-best four RBIs for Minnesota (37-47), which had dropped six straight and 11 of 14.
"We've been pressing lately and that's no way to play," right fielder Chris Parmelee said after finishing with two doubles and a walk.
The Twins, 1-1 on a 10-game trip that leads into the All-Star break, give the ball to Diamond (5-7, 5.18 ERA) as they go for their first series win in Toronto since taking two of three from May 27-29, 2005.
Diamond is 0-2 with a 7.65 ERA in his last four road starts since posting a 1.42 ERA while winning his first three, yet he's coming off an encouraging outing at home. The left-hander did not get a decision in his longest outing since May 7, throwing 6 2-3 innings and allowing three runs - two earned - in Monday's 10-4 loss to New York Yankees.
"I'm happy with the improvement personally, but we lost," said Diamond, 1-3 with a 7.40 ERA in his previous four appearances.
Diamond, born about 50 miles west of Toronto in Guelph, Ontario, will face the Blue Jays (42-45) for the third time and second at Rogers Centre. He's allowed two runs in 12 innings against them but lost at Toronto on Oct. 3 in a 2-1, season-ending defeat.
The Blue Jays are expected to counter with Todd Redmond (0-1, 3.52), though there's been talk that the club would call up Marcus Stroman from Double-A New Hampshire. Toronto has a spot open in the rotation after Chien-Ming Wang cleared waivers Friday and was assigned to Triple-A Buffalo.
Redmond was called up from Buffalo on Wednesday and threw three scoreless innings that night in a 6-2 loss to Detroit. Sunday will mark his fifth big league appearance and first start for Toronto.
The right-hander's only other start was a loss while with Cincinnati on Aug. 18, giving up four runs in 3 1-3 innings of a 9-7 defeat to the Chicago Cubs.
A better offensive performance by the Blue Jays could help Redmond in his first appearance against Minnesota. Toronto, loser of nine of 13 since a franchise record-tying 11-game win streak, was held to four singles Saturday - three by Maicer Izturis - while getting shut out at home for the first time since May 3.
Jose Reyes had his team-best eight-game winning streak snapped, but he's batting .346 in six games at Rogers Centre since missing more than two months with a severely sprained left ankle.
Minnesota's Justin Morneau, a Canada native, is 0 for 8 in this series and batting .189 in 25 visits to Toronto.
Dozier went 2 for 4 in each of the last two games and has a team-best nine hits and seven RBIs this month.
He could be joined in the lineup by Clete Thomas, who may start if rookie outfielder Oswaldo Arcia can't play after getting hit by a pitch Saturday and leaving with a bruised right hand.
|Last Updated: 8/29/2014 7:21:34 AM EST|