|MINNESOTA ( GIBSON )|
HOUSTON ( OBERHOLTZER )
|961||MINNESOTA||+110||Ov 8.5,+100||+100||Ov 8,+105|
|962||HOUSTON||-120||Un 8.5,-120||-110||Un 8,-125|
|vs Left-handed Starters||17-21||+0.3||19-19||4.5||0.257||0.322||4.5||0.284||0.321|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-2.4||4-3||3.9||0.248||0.305||5.1||0.253||0.343|
|vs Right-handed Starters||34-48||-2.5||42-38||4.0||0.240||0.301||4.9||0.268||0.331|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-0.9||4-3||4.9||0.284||0.340||5.1||0.285||0.321|
|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)||4-2||W||-110||8.5 un||U||11||9||1||9||8||2|
|8/12/2014||PINO(R)||@ HOUSTON||MCHUGH(R)||4-10||L||130||7.5 ev||O||8||4||1||12||4||0|
|8/13/2014||GIBSON(R)||@ HOUSTON||OBERHOLTZER(L)|| |
|8/15/2014||NOLASCO(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||PINO(R)||KANSAS CITY||VARGAS(L)|| |
|8/20/2014|| ||CLEVELAND|| || |
|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||WEBSTER(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)|| |
|8/19/2014||OBERHOLTZER(L)||@ NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)|| |
|8/20/2014|| ||@ NY YANKEES|| || |
|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 ALAN FERGUSON STATS Writer
Minnesota (53-64) at Houston (49-70), 2:10 p.m. EDT
The Houston Astros announced Tuesday that rookie slugger George Springer would miss at least two more weeks.
Chris Carter has done his best lately to make up for his absence and will next try to give Brett Oberholtzer enough support for a career-high third straight win in Wednesday's finale against the Minnesota Twins.
Springer hasn't played since July 19 because of a strained quad and aggravated the injury during a rehab assignment. The outfielder remains second on the team with 20 homers in his first 78 games.
The Astros hit their way to a 10-4 win after learning that news, and Chris Carter had two home runs while matching a career high with five RBIs. Carter has six of his 28 homers in the last six games and a major league-best 15 since July 1.
His sixth multihomer game this season tied Lance Berkman's franchise mark set in 2006.
"He had it in spurts last year," manager Bo Porter said of Carter, who had a career-high 29 homers in 148 games last season. "So you would say to yourself, `At some point, when it all comes together and everything clicks and we start to get consistency to this, it can be scary.' And that's what we're seeing right now."
Houston (50-70) finished with 12 hits in Tuesday's win after totaling 15 and scoring four runs in back-to-back losses, including a 4-2 defeat in Monday's series opener.
Oberholtzer (4-7, 4.05 ERA) hasn't needed too much support lately but didn't get enough to earn his third win in as many starts Friday. He gave up two runs in seven innings against Texas but only avoided a loss when his teammates scored three runs in the eighth in a 4-3 victory.
Oberholtzer is 2-0 with a 2.91 ERA in his last five starts and will make his first against Minnesota (53-65).
"This guy's made right," Porter told MLB's official website. "From a mentality standpoint, he's confident, he trusts his stuff and I think that's why he's getting the results he wants\2026 I love his makeup, I love his tenacity out there."
Kyle Gibson, meanwhile, will try to bounce back from a poor outing and his first loss in three starts. The Twins right-hander was charged with six runs and a career-worst five walks in five innings in a 6-5 defeat to Oakland on Friday.
"It's embarrassing to go out there and pitch five innings and walk that many guys," Gibson told MLB's official website. "It's unacceptable."
Gibson (10-8, 4.13) allowed three runs, eight hits and two walks in 14 innings in his back-to-back victories. He pitched seven innings in an 8-0 win against Houston on June 7, his lone matchup this season.
Gibson yielded three hits and three walks in that game, and Dexter Fowler had two of those hits. Fowler is expected to return from the disabled list (intercostal strain) Wednesday.
Minnesota's Joe Mauer will seek to extend his hit streak to 15 games, one shy of matching a career high set in August 2008. Mauer's 14-game run is the longest by a Twins hitter this season.
|Last Updated: 9/16/2014 6:27:31 PM EST|