|MINNESOTA ( CORREIA )|
BOSTON ( )
|965||MINNESOTA||+140||Ov 9,-110||+140||Ov 9,-110|
|966||BOSTON||-150||Un 9,-110||-150||Un 9,-110|
|vs Right-handed Starters||22-26||+2.8||27-18||4.5||0.250||0.327||4.8||0.272||0.332|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||+0.5||2-4||4.9||0.272||0.351||5.3||0.301||0.367|
|vs Right-handed Starters||18-27||-13.2||17-27||3.8||0.243||0.313||4.2||0.268||0.323|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.3||1-6||2.9||0.235||0.313||3.0||0.215||0.268|
|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)||4-5||L||165||9.5 un||U||9||6||0||10||8||0|
|6/10/2014||CORREIA(R)||@ TORONTO||HAPP(L)||4-0||W||170||10 un||U||9||10||0||7||8||1|
|6/11/2014||HUGHES(R)||@ TORONTO||STROMAN(R)||7-2||W||140||9 un||P||16||8||0||10||9||1|
|6/13/2014||GIBSON(R)||@ DETROIT||SMYLY(L)||2-0||W||150||9 un||U||4||8||1||6||8||1|
|6/14/2014||DEDUNO(R)||@ DETROIT||SANCHEZ(R)||9-12||L||182||8.5 un||O||12||8||0||19||10||1|
|6/15/2014||NOLASCO(R)||@ DETROIT||PORCELLO(R)||3-4||L||130||9 un||U||7||9||1||10||11||0|
|6/16/2014||CORREIA(R)||@ BOSTON||DE LA ROSA(R)|| |
|6/17/2014||HUGHES(R)||@ BOSTON||LESTER(L)|| |
|6/18/2014||GIBSON(R)||@ BOSTON||LACKEY(R)|| |
|6/19/2014||DEDUNO(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)|| |
|6/20/2014||NOLASCO(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||NOESI(R)|| |
|6/21/2014||CORREIA(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||RIENZO(R)|| |
|6/22/2014||HUGHES(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||DANKS(L)|| |
|6/2/2014||LACKEY(R)||@ CLEVELAND||MASTERSON(R)||2-3||L||-125||8 ov||U||5||5||0||8||4||0|
|6/3/2014||PEAVY(R)||@ CLEVELAND||HOUSE(L)||3-5||L||110||8.5 un||U||10||11||1||11||6||0|
|6/4/2014||WORKMAN(R)||@ CLEVELAND||KLUBER(R)||4-7||L||135||7.5 un||O||7||8||0||11||6||0|
|6/6/2014||DE LA ROSA(R)||@ DETROIT||SMYLY(L)||2-6||L||140||8 ov||P||7||6||0||13||5||1|
|6/7/2014||LESTER(L)||@ DETROIT||SCHERZER(R)||6-8||L||115||7.5 un||O||15||10||0||16||9||0|
|6/8/2014||LACKEY(R)||@ DETROIT||SANCHEZ(R)||5-3||W||115||7.5 ev||O||11||10||1||7||4||1|
|6/9/2014||PEAVY(R)||@ BALTIMORE||NORRIS(R)||0-4||L||-105||8.5 un||U||3||5||0||8||4||0|
|6/10/2014||WORKMAN(R)||@ BALTIMORE||TILLMAN(R)||1-0||W||110||9 un||U||8||9||1||2||2||1|
|6/11/2014||DE LA ROSA(R)||@ BALTIMORE||CHEN(L)||0-6||L||125||8.5 un||U||4||2||0||9||8||1|
|6/16/2014||DE LA ROSA(R)||MINNESOTA||CORREIA(R)|| |
|6/19/2014||PEAVY(R)||@ OAKLAND||KAZMIR(L)|| |
|6/20/2014|| ||@ OAKLAND||CHAVEZ(R)|| |
|6/21/2014|| ||@ OAKLAND||POMERANZ(L)|| |
|6/22/2014||LESTER(L)||@ OAKLAND||MILONE(L)|| |
|6/23/2014|| ||@ SEATTLE|| || |
|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.''
|BOSTON: BOSTON (AP) - Last season was one to remember for fans of the Red Sox - and one to forget for the players.|
Soon after Boston's third World Series championship in 10 years, that bearded bunch decided to put it behind them and focus on what they must do to keep winning.
''It was a dream come true last year,'' pitcher Jake Peavy said. ''It's a new year. I think that's been a slogan of ours on the text messages that we've been exchanging with the guys, `Hey turn the page, it's a new year, it's 2014.' We haven't done anything and, obviously, some teams in our division got awfully better.''
The Red Sox won't be sneaking up on them, not after rebounding from a 69-93, last-place finish in the AL East to a 97-65 record, a 28-win improvement.
''You've got the bull's-eye on your back,'' second baseman Dustin Pedroia said. ''You want to get everybody's best, so I think it's going to be a fun challenge for everybody.''
John Farrell's disciplined, businesslike approach worked in his first year as Boston's manager. That, and the influx of players to improve the toxic clubhouse chemistry, made the one season under the animated Bobby Valentine seem like a distant memory.
Those players, including Jonny Gomes, Mike Napoli and Shane Victorino, return. The Red Sox lost center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury to the New York Yankees then signed Grady Sizemore as a possible replacement. Sizemore missed the last two seasons with knee and back injuries that required surgery but has had a healthy, productive spring training.
''In this group, no one's going to let anybody sit back and relax,'' Pedroia said. ''We're always going to push each other and make sure that we're respecting the game and playing the game the right way. If we do that, we should be all right.''
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (MINNESOTA-BOSTON) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Twins-Red Sox Preview* =======================
By JEFF BARTL STATS Writer
Minnesota (32-34) at Boston (31-37), 7:10 p.m. EDT
Kevin Correia chalks up a good chunk of his struggles to bad luck, but he's hoping that's beginning to change following one of his best outings of the season.
He'll take the mound again Monday night against the Boston Red Sox as the Minnesota Twins seek their first four-game win streak at Fenway Park in two decades.
Correia (3-7, 5.60 ERA) has allowed fewer than three runs just three times in 13 starts, and his seven losses are tied for the second-most in the AL. He looked like a far different pitcher Tuesday, though, giving up six hits in six innings of a 4-0 win at Toronto.
"It was good because I think I threw the ball not much different than I've been throwing the ball," Correia said. "I think some balls got hit to people and saved us some runs. And that's what you need to have good results. I just think I've been semi-unlucky."
The right-hander had a rough outing against the Red Sox on May 14, giving up five runs and nine hits - including a homer to David Ortiz - over four innings of a 9-4 loss.
Minnesota's Trevor Plouffe homered in that contest, but he won't be around for this matchup after being placed on the 15-day disabled list prior to Sunday's 4-3 loss to Detroit due to a strained left oblique muscle suffered in Saturday's defeat.
Eduardo Nunez replaced Plouffe in that game, but he aggravated a right hamstring injury later and couldn't play Sunday.
"It does make it a little more interesting," manager Ron Gardenhire told the team's official website. "Continuously playing short is not good. We want to give ourselves every chance and every option."
Joe Mauer had two hits for the Twins (32-35), who have lost back-to-back games following a season high-tying three-game winning streak.
Minnesota won the final three of a four-game set in its only visit to Boston in 2013, and has an opportunity to win four in a row at Fenway for the first time since a five-game run from Sept. 25, 1993-June 15, 1994.
The Red Sox (31-38) have lost two straight at home following a seven-game win streak there, falling 3-2 in 11 innings to Cleveland on Sunday.
Dustin Pedroia went 0 for 5 and is hitting .143 over his last eight, but he enters this contest hitting .361 in his last eight against Minnesota.
"All we can do is keep going out there and keep getting guys on base and working," catcher A.J. Pierzynski said. "Guys hit some balls hard. They made some good plays. There's nothing you can do."
Boston looks to get back on track with help from Rubby De La Rosa as he looks to snap out of a personal slump.
After a stellar season debut May 31 against Tampa Bay, De La Rosa (1-2, 3.93) has given up four runs in 5 2-3 innings while losing his last two starts to Detroit on June 6 and Baltimore on Wednesday.
"I thought (Wednesday) was an important learning experience for him, the way in which he needs to use his fastball," manager John Farrell said. "Quickly the word spreads around this league on what an individual pitcher will go to."
The right-hander hasn't faced the Twins since June 29, 2011, when he allowed one run in seven innings of a 1-0 loss while with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Boston's Stephen Drew returned Sunday after missing six games with a strained right oblique, but Xander Bogaerts was held out with flu-like symptoms. His status for this contest is unclear.
|Last Updated: 9/1/2014 3:46:55 PM EST|