|MINNESOTA ( MILONE )|
HOUSTON ( PEACOCK )
|965||MINNESOTA||-110||Ov 8.5,-115||-110||Ov 8.5,-110|
|966||HOUSTON||+100||Un 8.5,-105||+100||Un 8.5,-110|
|vs Right-handed Starters||35-43||+0.7||38-35||4.1||0.243||0.316||4.5||0.271||0.326|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||0||4-3||5.4||0.278||0.348||4.0||0.244||0.321|
|vs Left-handed Starters||16-21||-0.3||16-20||4.1||0.241||0.308||4.4||0.261||0.319|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-0.5||3-4||4.1||0.247||0.309||4.4||0.264||0.306|
|7/29/2014||GIBSON(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)||2-1||W||182||7.5 un||U||7||8||0||5||5||2|
|7/30/2014||HUGHES(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||DUFFY(L)||2-3||L||145||7 un||U||7||9||1||9||7||0|
|7/31/2014||CORREIA(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||VENTURA(R)||3-6||L||190||7.5 ov||O||7||11||2||8||3||2|
|8/1/2014||DARNELL(L)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||SALE(L)||8-10||L||240||7.5 un||O||14||8||2||17||11||0|
|8/2/2014||PINO(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||CARROLL(R)||8-6||W||105||9 un||O||12||5||0||12||8||1|
|8/3/2014||GIBSON(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)||16-3||W||140||8 un||O||23||15||1||8||7||3|
|8/5/2014||HUGHES(R)||SAN DIEGO||HAHN(R)||3-1||W||-115||7.5 un||U||5||5||0||12||11||0|
|8/6/2014||CORREIA(R)||SAN DIEGO||DESPAIGNE(R)||4-5||L||-105||8.5 un||O||10||14||0||9||7||1|
|8/7/2014||PINO(R)||@ OAKLAND||LESTER(L)||0-3||L||240||7 ov||U||3||4||1||7||9||0|
|8/8/2014||GIBSON(R)||@ OAKLAND||KAZMIR(L)||5-6||L||195||7 un||O||7||2||1||6||6||1|
|8/9/2014||MAY(R)||@ OAKLAND||SAMARDZIJA(R)||4-9||L||220||7.5 un||O||12||11||1||10||12||1|
|8/10/2014||HUGHES(R)||@ OAKLAND||HAMMEL(R)||6-1||W||165||7.5 un||U||10||8||0||6||7||1|
|8/11/2014||MILONE(L)||@ HOUSTON||PEACOCK(R)|| |
|8/12/2014||PINO(R)||@ HOUSTON||MCHUGH(R)|| |
|8/13/2014||GIBSON(R)||@ HOUSTON||OBERHOLTZER(L)|| |
|8/15/2014||MAY(R)||KANSAS CITY||DUFFY(L)|| |
|8/16/2014||HUGHES(R)||KANSAS CITY||VENTURA(R)|| |
|8/17/2014||MILONE(L)||KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)|| |
|8/18/2014|| ||KANSAS CITY|| || |
|8/5/2014||KEUCHEL(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||KENDRICK(R)||1-2||L||-110||7.5 ov||U||6||8||1||9||12||0|
|8/6/2014||PEACOCK(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||BUCHANAN(R)||3-10||L||130||8.5 un||O||10||7||0||12||4||1|
|8/7/2014||MCHUGH(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||O'SULLIVAN(R)||5-6||L||-110||8 un||O||8||2||0||10||2||0|
|8/14/2014||FELDMAN(R)||@ BOSTON||WORKMAN(R)|| |
|8/15/2014||KEUCHEL(L)||@ BOSTON||BUCHHOLZ(R)|| |
|8/16/2014||PEACOCK(R)||@ BOSTON||DE LA ROSA(R)|| |
|8/17/2014||MCHUGH(R)||@ BOSTON||KELLY(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.''
|HOUSTON: HOUSTON (AP) - Coming off three straight 100-loss seasons, the Houston Astros are confident they'll be better this year.|
How much? They aren't putting a number on that. But after setting a franchise record with a whopping 111 defeats, they have a simple target.
''It's our goal to be the most improved team in major league baseball (and) I believe ... we have the group together and we can actually accomplish that,'' second-year manager Bo Porter said.
There are several reasons why the Astros are certain they can improve. They brought in several established players this offseason to pair with the many young players who got their first significant playing time last season. They also could get some reinforcements soon from top prospects who are inching closer to being major league ready.
General manager Jeff Luhnow's rebuilding plan has already boosted Houston's minor league system from the worst in baseball to one of the best. He expects that work to start paying dividends this season in the majors.
''We have a young team. We're still going to make some mistakes,'' he said. ''Our young players have improved but still need some development. We brought in some veterans to help stabilize the team this year. We're going to see a big improvement as a result of those two dynamics.''
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (MINNESOTA-HOUSTON) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Twins-Astros Preview* ======================
By KEVIN CHROUST STATS Writer
Minnesota (51-64) at Houston (49-68), 8:10 p.m. EDT
The Minnesota Twins are expecting the face of their franchise back in the lineup to help welcome a new face to the rotation.
With Tommy Milone starting for the first time since being acquired last month, Joe Mauer will return from the disabled list in Houston Monday night for the opener of a three-game series with the Astros.
Milone (6-3, 3.55 ERA) was forced out of Oakland's stacked rotation in early July and traded to Minnesota (52-64) for outfielder Sam Fuld on July 31. The left-hander made one start for Triple-A Rochester, allowing a run and six hits over seven innings on Tuesday, before the Twins shipped Kevin Correia to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday.
The 27-year-old can now get back to work on an 11-start big league stretch without a loss, over which he's gone 6-0 with a 2.62 ERA. Considering Twins starters rank 28th with a 4.96 ERA, Milone is certainly more valued in Minnesota than he was in Oakland.
"He's a guy who knows how to pitch in the big leagues and has a good track record," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire told MLB's official website. "We're excited to have him up here. He pitched well in his start at Triple-A."
Milone rejoins former Oakland battery mate Kurt Suzuki, with whom he posted a 2.99 ERA, the lowest its been with any catcher he's worked with.
"I loved it," Suzuki said. "I've had some pretty good success with him as a teammate. The one thing I told them was how great a guy he was. He works hard. He does everything the right way."
Milone is 1-1 with a 4.78 ERA in five career starts against Houston while holding former teammate Chris Carter to 1 for 11 and Matt Dominguez, who has a seven-game hitting streak, to 1 for 10 with a home run.
Mauer, a .167 hitter in 11 games against Houston, returns from a 34-game absence due to a right oblique injury. He went 6 for 15 on a rehab assignment with Single-A Cedar Rapids, and will now face struggling Astros starter Brad Peacock.
Peacock (3-8, 5.44) has dropped three straight starts and allowed 15 runs with nine walks in 8 2-3 innings over his last two. A brief stint with Triple-A Oklahoma City between those starts didn't seem to do much.
"I need to go out there and relax and have fun and pitch instead of being anxious out there," said Peacock, who entered the rotation in promising fashion with a 3.71 ERA through 11 starts.
His only start against Minnesota on Aug. 4, 2013, resulted in a loss after limiting the Twins to three runs and four hits while striking out 10 in seven innings. Oswaldo Arcia went 1 for 3 with a home run.
Arcia wasn't in the lineup for the last two games of Minnesota's series in Oakland because of a minor back injury, but the Twins were able to salvage a 6-1 win Sunday and end a four-game skid. Trevor Plouffe was also out of the lineup after fouling a ball off his foot on Saturday. Both are considered day to day.
Houston (49-69), which had won a season-best five straight at home, missed out on a three-game sweep of Texas with Sunday's 6-2 loss. It did get major league hits leader Jose Altuve back after he sat out Saturday with a sore neck.
|Last Updated: 9/19/2014 6:54:29 AM EST|