|MINNESOTA ( NOLASCO )|
TORONTO ( DICKEY )
|911||MINNESOTA||+180||Ov 9.5,-110||+165||Ov 9.5,+105|
|912||TORONTO||-190||Un 9.5,-110||-175||Un 9.5,-125|
|vs Right-handed Starters||21-23||+4.4||26-16||4.3||0.245||0.324||4.7||0.265||0.326|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-0.8||5-2||5.1||0.272||0.349||5.9||0.258||0.318|
|vs Right-handed Starters||26-18||+8.4||23-20||4.9||0.259||0.326||4.3||0.256||0.330|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3||2-5||3.9||0.238||0.302||2.7||0.225||0.298|
|5/30/2014||NOLASCO(R)||@ NY YANKEES||NUNO(L)||6-1||W||130||9 un||U||10||6||0||9||9||0|
|5/31/2014||CORREIA(R)||@ NY YANKEES||TANAKA(R)||1-3||L||230||8.5 un||U||4||6||1||12||9||3|
|6/1/2014||HUGHES(R)||@ NY YANKEES||WHITLEY(R)||7-2||W||120||8.5 un||O||10||7||0||3||2||0|
|6/2/2014||GIBSON(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||GARZA(R)||2-6||L||160||8.5 un||U||12||9||2||9||3||0|
|6/3/2014||DEDUNO(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||GALLARDO(R)||6-4||W||140||8 ov||O||8||3||0||8||9||1|
|6/9/2014||NOLASCO(R)||@ TORONTO||DICKEY(R)|| |
|6/10/2014||CORREIA(R)||@ TORONTO||HAPP(L)|| |
|6/11/2014||HUGHES(R)||@ TORONTO||STROMAN(R)|| |
|6/13/2014||GIBSON(R)||@ DETROIT||SANCHEZ(R)|| |
|6/14/2014||DEDUNO(R)||@ DETROIT||PORCELLO(R)|| |
|6/15/2014||NOLASCO(R)||@ DETROIT||VERLANDER(R)|| |
|6/16/2014|| ||@ BOSTON|| || |
|5/26/2014||HUTCHISON(R)||TAMPA BAY||BEDARD(L)||10-5||W||-140||9 ov||O||16||8||0||10||9||0|
|5/27/2014||BUEHRLE(L)||TAMPA BAY||COBB(R)||9-6||W||-105||8.5 ov||O||13||7||1||12||6||0|
|5/28/2014||HENDRIKS(R)||TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)||3-2||W||-105||9 ov||U||9||9||0||4||5||1|
|5/29/2014||DICKEY(R)||KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)||6-8||L||-125||8 un||O||9||1||1||14||11||0|
|5/30/2014||HAPP(L)||KANSAS CITY||VARGAS(L)||1-6||L||-130||8.5 ev||U||8||14||0||9||5||0|
|5/31/2014||STROMAN(R)||KANSAS CITY||BROOKS(R)||12-2||W||-170||9.5 un||O||14||8||2||9||9||0|
|6/1/2014||BUEHRLE(L)||KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)||4-0||W||-145||8.5 ov||U||10||6||0||6||7||1|
|6/3/2014||HUTCHISON(R)||@ DETROIT||SANCHEZ(R)||5-3||W||130||9 ov||U||5||2||0||4||3||0|
|6/4/2014||DICKEY(R)||@ DETROIT||PORCELLO(R)||8-2||W||100||9 ev||O||13||5||2||7||11||1|
|6/5/2014||HAPP(L)||@ DETROIT||VERLANDER(R)||7-3||W||155||9 ev||O||9||5||0||9||5||1|
|6/6/2014||STROMAN(R)||ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)||3-1||W||-155||9.5 un||U||11||12||0||7||9||2|
|6/7/2014||BUEHRLE(L)||ST LOUIS||MILLER(R)||0-5||L||-155||9.5 un||U||3||4||1||8||11||0|
|6/8/2014||HUTCHISON(R)||ST LOUIS||GARCIA(L)||0-5||L||-130||9 un||U||4||9||1||11||6||1|
|6/12/2014||BUEHRLE(L)||@ BALTIMORE||GAUSMAN(R)|| |
|6/13/2014||HUTCHISON(R)||@ BALTIMORE||JIMENEZ(R)|| |
|6/14/2014||DICKEY(R)||@ BALTIMORE||NORRIS(R)|| |
|6/15/2014||HAPP(L)||@ BALTIMORE||TILLMAN(R)|| |
|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.''
|TORONTO: TORONTO (AP) - All winter long, the Blue Jays' primary concern was upgrading the starting pitching. The biggest story in Toronto this spring, though, is the one about the free agent arm that got away.|
After months of inaction, the Blue Jays thought they'd landed right-hander Ervin Santana on a one-year deal in early March. But when injury concerns flared up in Atlanta, Santana signed a similar deal with the Braves instead.
''I think it's pretty obvious we were involved, it didn't work out. I'm trying to take the high road here,'' general manager Alex Anthopoulos said after Santana turned him down, saying he'd rather pitch in a spacious National League park than face AL East foes in Toronto's hitter-friendly dome.
Anthopoulos, who'd previously come ''extremely close'' to acquiring a starter through trade, must now start the season with almost the same staff he took north last year. Right-handed knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, the 2012 NL Cy Young winner, will be the opening-day starter again, while left-hander Mark Buehrle gets the third slot.
But none of the other three leading contenders, right-handers Brandon Morrow and Drew Hutchison, and left-hander J.A. Happ, have ever pitched 200 innings, and all three are coming off injuries. Morrow was limited to 10 starts last year by a nerve problem in his forearm, Hutchison hasn't pitched in the majors since elbow surgery in 2012, and Happ missed most of 2013 after being hit in the head by a line drive. Happ dimmed his own chances with an awful spring.
Santana, who has topped the 200-inning mark five times, would have given the Blue Jays valuable depth. Without him, there's more chance they'll need starts from touted but untested youngsters like Kyle Drabek, Sean Nolin, and Marcus Stroman.
Still, a confident Dickey insisted Santana would have been more ''bonus'' than ''necessity'' to Toronto. ''I feel like we have what we need,'' he said.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (MINNESOTA-TORONTO) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Twins-Blue Jays Preview* =========================
By KEVIN CHROUST STATS Writer
Minnesota (29-31) at Toronto (38-25), 7:07 p.m. EDT
The Minnesota Twins are toward the bottom of the AL in home runs, batting average and slugging percentage, though that could change with the addition of Kendrys Morales.
A day after the Twins signed the first baseman/designated hitter to a one-year, prorated $12 million contract, there's no word on when he'll be in the lineup as they head to Toronto for Monday night's series opener against the Blue Jays.
"Why not the Twins?" Minnesota general manager Terry Ryan said. "I read there were probably a handful of clubs that were chasing Kendrys. We were ahead of many of those clubs in the standings."
They cleared room for him by designating struggling outfielder Jason Kubel for assignment. Since Morales is out of options and isn't injured, Minnesota immediately added him to its 25-man roster.
Morales, who has been in Miami working out while waiting to sign, hit .277 with 23 home runs and 80 RBIs in 156 games with Seattle last season.
"It wasn't easy for a baseball player to watch baseball games when he knows he can play," Morales said. "But you have to be mentally tough and be prepared so when this opportunity does come around, you're ready to do what you gotta do."
The Twins (29-32), batting .245 with 49 homers, have dropped three of four after Sunday's 14-5 loss to Houston.
The Blue Jays (38-26), meanwhile, were cooled off with consecutive 5-0 losses to St. Louis over the weekend after winning 15 of 17. They had previously been shut out only once all season.
One of the top hitting teams in the AL, Toronto was held to a combined seven hits in those two defeats as stars Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion went 0 for 14.
"It's hard to put a finger on it," manager John Gibbons said.
His club will try to get back on track against Ricky Nolasco.
After an awful start to the season, Nolasco (4-5, 5.65 ERA) is seeking his third straight win after allowing four runs in seven innings of Wednesday's 6-4 home victory over Milwaukee. Aside from a three-run homer in the seventh, it was a relatively smooth outing.
The right-hander had previously gone six strong innings in a 6-1 win at Yankee Stadium on May 30 but has generally struggled on the road, going 2-3 with a 7.51 ERA and .375 opponent batting average in seven starts.
He has a 3.09 ERA without a decision in two career starts against the Blue Jays with both coming in Toronto. Much of the Blue Jays' lineup has had plenty of success against Nolasco with Jose Reyes batting .327 in 49 at-bats with three home runs. Dioner Navarro (7 for 15), Juan Francisco (5 for 11) and Melky Cabrera (6 for 16) have all homered against him.
Nolasco will be opposed by R.A. Dickey, who had possibly his worst start of the season in Minnesota on April 17. Dickey (6-4, 4.25) surrendered five runs and seven hits with five walks in 4 1-3 innings of a 7-0 defeat.
Kurt Suzuki (4 for 11) and Brian Dozier (3 for 9) have left the yard against the right-hander.
Since moving back to the AL prior to last season, Dickey is 1-2 with a 7.13 ERA against Minnesota.
Dickey has overcome a trying start to go 5-1 with a 3.28 ERA in his last eight outings, including Wednesday's 8-2 victory in Detroit. The knuckleballer struggled with his command, surrendering two runs and seven hits while walking four in five innings.
He's been substantially better at home with a 5-1 record and 3.48 ERA in eight starts.
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 6:13:44 AM EST|