|MINNESOTA ( PELFREY )|
TAMPA BAY ( ODORIZZI )
|975||MINNESOTA||+175||Ov 8.5,-115||+170||Ov 8.5,-110|
|976||TAMPA BAY||-185||Un 8.5,-105||-180||Un 8.5,-110|
|vs Right-handed Starters||6-5||+3.4||9-2||5.8||0.260||0.365||5.0||0.265||0.343|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||0||5-2||4.9||0.259||0.363||4.9||0.293||0.347|
|vs Right-handed Starters||9-4||+4.1||7-6||4.9||0.271||0.344||2.7||0.203||0.254|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-2.3||4-2||5.4||0.281||0.351||4.9||0.248||0.288|
|4/11/2014||GIBSON(R)||KANSAS CITY||CHEN(L)||10-1||W||+115||8 un||O||11||9||0||5||7||1|
|4/12/2014||NOLASCO(R)||KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)||7-1||W||+130||7.5 un||O||6||4||0||6||6||2|
|4/13/2014||CORREIA(R)||KANSAS CITY||VARGAS(L)||4-3||W||+115||8 un||U||5||5||2||7||4||1|
|4/18/2014||NOLASCO(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||VARGAS(L)||0-5||L||135||7.5 un||U||8||7||0||11||6||0|
|4/19/2014||CORREIA(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||CHEN(L)||4-5||L||135||8.5 un||O||8||8||1||10||8||0|
|4/20/2014||HUGHES(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||VENTURA(R)||8-3||W||170||8 un||O||13||11||0||11||8||1|
|4/22/2014||GIBSON(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||PRICE(L)||3-7||L||205||7.5 un||O||6||3||0||13||8||0|
|4/23/2014||PELFREY(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||ODORIZZI(R)|| |
|4/24/2014||NOLASCO(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||BEDARD(L)|| |
|4/29/2014||PELFREY(R)||LA DODGERS||GREINKE(R)|| |
|4/30/2014|| ||LA DODGERS|| || |
|4/9/2014||ODORIZZI(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)||3-7||L||-115||8.5 ov||O||8||6||1||10||4||0|
|4/11/2014||PRICE(L)||@ CINCINNATI||CUETO(R)||2-1||W||-115||7 un||U||6||9||0||4||7||0|
|4/12/2014||COBB(R)||@ CINCINNATI||SIMON(R)||1-0||W||-125||7.5 un||U||5||5||0||4||3||0|
|4/13/2014||RAMOS(L)||@ CINCINNATI||CINGRANI(L)||4-12||L||115||7.5 ov||O||7||8||1||13||8||0|
|4/14/2014||ARCHER(R)||@ BALTIMORE||CHEN(L)||1-7||L||-115||8 ov||P||6||5||0||13||7||0|
|4/16/2014||ODORIZZI(R)||@ BALTIMORE||GONZALEZ(R)||0-3||L||-105||8.5 un||U||6||9||1||6||7||0|
|4/17/2014||PRICE(L)||NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)||2-10||L||-170||6.5 ov||O||7||7||1||16||7||1|
|4/18/2014||BEDARD(L)||NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)||11-5||W||-110||7.5 un||O||16||9||1||8||7||0|
|4/19/2014||ARCHER(R)||NY YANKEES||NOVA(R)||16-1||W||-135||7.5 ev||O||16||6||0||3||1||1|
|4/20/2014||RAMOS(L)||NY YANKEES||NUNO(L)||1-5||L||-135||8.5 un||U||6||11||0||10||9||3|
|4/25/2014||ARCHER(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||JOHNSON(R)|| |
|4/26/2014||RAMOS(L)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||DANKS(L)|| |
|4/27/2014||PRICE(L)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||LEESMAN(L)|| |
|4/28/2014||ODORIZZI(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||RIENZO(R)|| |
|4/29/2014||BEDARD(L)||@ BOSTON||LACKEY(R)|| |
|4/30/2014|| ||@ BOSTON|| || |
|MINNESOTA: MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The number is staggering. In the past three years, the Minnesota Twins have lost 291 games. Ninety-nine in 2011. Ninety-six each of the last two seasons.|
A team that was once viewed as a model for succeeding and competing with modest financial resources has been an afterthought for too long now. They have finished last in the AL Central twice and were fourth last season.
So the Twins shed their frugal ways in the offseason, shelling out $73 million to bring in Ricky Nolasco and Phil Hughes to bolster a lagging rotation. They also brought back manager Ron Gardenhire on a two-year deal and moved Joe Mauer from catcher to first base in an effort to protect their franchise player from injury.
''They made a statement: `We don't want to see this again. We don't want to go through this again this summer,''' Gardenhire said.
The Twins said goodbye to longtime first baseman Justin Morneau late last season when general manager Terry Ryan traded him to the Pirates in a stretch-run deal. There weren't many other changes to an offense that has struggled to score runs, but the upgrades to the rotation have given the holdovers some peace of mind that they won't have to score seven runs a game to have a chance to win.
''It's night and day to be honest with you. Terry went out and spent some money on some good arms in Nolasco and Hughes,'' second baseman Brian Dozier said. ''Hughes had a bad year last year but is an All-Star pitcher and I think moving to this park will help him a lot. I think just getting out of New York to be honest with you. ... So we needed to address our pitching staff and Terry did that, and I'm happy about it.''
|TAMPA BAY: ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - The Tampa Bay Rays feel they have everything it takes to win the World Series and aren't afraid to say it.|
The budget-minded franchise that's played into October four out of the past six seasons boosted payroll instead of cutting back this winter in hopes of making another strong run for the playoffs.
''The goal is to be the team that plays the last game of the year and win,'' third baseman Evan Longoria said.
''I felt like we were really close to breaking through last year,'' the three-time AL All-Star added. ''And with the team that we have this year, I'm really excited to go out and try to prove to ourselves that we are good enough to do that.''
The Rays won 92 games a year ago, including a Game 163 tie-breaker to claim a wild-card spot, and have compiled the second-best record in baseball over the past six seasons.
That's not enough for manager Joe Maddon and a hungry collection of players who reported to spring training feeling as if there's unfinished business to tend to after losing to eventual World Series champion Boston in the AL division round.
''I love that our guys feel and think that way. I think it's great,'' Maddon said.
''You'll hear that rhetoric in a lot of clubhouses, whether it's baseball, football or basketball, but you've got to back it up. You have to really believe it. Not just say it,'' he said. ''Some groups say it because they're supposed to say it. Some groups say it because they believe it. Our guys believe it.''
That confidence was bolstered by the Rays' ability to keep most of the key components from last year's roster together, including lefty David Price, who anchors one of baseball's deepest pitching rotations.
Price and just about everybody else expected the 2012 AL Cy Young Award winner to be traded, however the Rays wound up giving him a $14 million one-year deal, in addition to re-signing first baseman James Loney and landing free agent closer Grant Balfour in moves that represent a big chunk of a club-record payroll of around $80 million.
Andrew Friedman, the team's vice president of baseball operations, also traded for catcher Ryan Hanigan and infielder Logan Forsythe to give Maddon additional flexibility filling out a batting order around Longoria and 2013 AL rookie of the year Wil Myers.
''Talent can't win every game for you, but it's a good start,'' said Loney, who signed a three-year, $21 million deal - largest since Tampa Bay has given to a free agent since Stuart Sternberg became principal owner.
''If we can stay healthy, if we can do the things we're capable of doing,'' second baseman Ben Zobrist add, ''we certainly have as good or better chance than any other team in the league to win it all.''
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (MINNESOTA-TAMPA BAY) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Twins-Rays Preview* ====================
By JEFF BARTL STATS Writer
Minnesota (9-9) at Tampa Bay (9-10), 7:10 p.m. EDT
The Minnesota Twins have one of the worst ERAs in baseball, and that dismal mark has plenty to do with the struggles of Mike Pelfrey.
He'll look to snap out of his funk Wednesday night as Minnesota seeks to avoid an eighth straight road loss to the Tampa Bay Rays.
The Twins (9-10) have allowed at least seven runs eight times, including Tuesday's 7-3 loss in the series opener. Their 5.04 team ERA and the starting rotation's 5.76 mark are both worst in the AL and the second-highest in the majors to Arizona.
Pelfrey's struggles have cost Minnesota plenty this season. After having the worst campaign of his career in 2013 by going 5-13 with a 5.19 ERA, he's 0-2 with a 7.98 ERA in three outings.
The right-hander has given up five homers with 12 walks in 14 2-3 innings after allowing five runs and four hits while walking five in 4 1-3 innings of a 9-5 win over Toronto on Thursday.
"I was bad again," Pelfrey said. "In the first inning you can't give up a single and two runs. That's terrible. I obviously haven't been very good, and this isn't how I envisioned it starting. But I'm going to be better."
Pelfrey has gone 0-1 with a 5.73 ERA in two starts against the Rays (10-10), who have outscored opponents 35-14 while winning three of four. They totaled 47 runs in their first 16 games.
David DeJesus went 3 for 4 with three RBIs Tuesday to snap an 0-for-24 slump, and James Loney and Matt Joyce drove in two runs apiece. Desmond Jennings had two hits after sitting out the previous three games with a groin injury.
Jennings said before the game that he may not be ready to play in back-to-back contests, leaving his status for Wednesday unclear.
"I don't think anybody is 100 percent," Jennings told the team's official website. "But it's good. It's fine now."
Tampa Bay will look to keep rolling behind Jake Odorizzi, who hopes his latest effort is a sign of what's to come.
Odorizzi (1-2, 5.63) gave up career worsts of seven runs and 10 hits in a 7-3 loss to Kansas City on April 9, but he pitched much better last Wednesday while allowing three runs and five hits through five innings of a 3-0 loss to Baltimore.
"Two balls that don't go 90 feet cost me two runs, but ... (I) put myself in bad situations - bases loaded two times in a row," Odorizzi said. "It all starts there."
Odorizzi is 0-2 with a 6.10 ERA in four road starts with Tampa Bay but has gone 1-1 with a 0.82 ERA in his last two at Tropicana Field.
The 24-year-old right-hander has yet to face the Twins, who have dropped three of four overall and 12 of the last 13 meetings with Tampa Bay. Chris Colabello hit a two-run homer Tuesday and is batting .464 with eight RBIs during a seven-game hitting streak.
Brian Dozier also drove in a run for Minnesota, which finished with six hits.
|Last Updated: 10/2/2014 1:33:56 PM EST|