|MINNESOTA ( MAY )|
BALTIMORE ( GONZALEZ )
|965||MINNESOTA||+175||Ov 9,-110||+170||Ov 8.5,-115|
|966||BALTIMORE||-185||Un 9,-110||-180||Un 8.5,-105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||40-49||+0.4||45-39||4.2||0.246||0.317||4.7||0.275||0.329|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-0.6||5-2||7.9||0.308||0.372||6.3||0.325||0.367|
|vs Right-handed Starters||55-39||+20.7||44-47||4.4||0.259||0.306||4.0||0.249||0.310|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.4||3-4||3.3||0.218||0.273||3.3||0.239||0.274|
|8/15/2014||NOLASCO(R)||KANSAS CITY||DUFFY(L)||5-6||L||+130||8 ev||O||9||5||0||12||7||2|
|8/16/2014||HUGHES(R)||KANSAS CITY||VENTURA(R)||4-1||W||+105||7.5 un||U||6||9||1||8||7||1|
|8/17/2014||MILONE(L)||KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)||6-12||L||+105||8 ev||O||7||4||1||13||5||0|
|8/18/2014||MAY(R)||KANSAS CITY||VARGAS(L)||4-6||L||+145||8 ev||O||7||4||0||13||10||0|
|8/26/2014||NOLASCO(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||DUFFY(L)||1-2||L||155||8 un||U||5||3||0||5||4||0|
|8/27/2014||HUGHES(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||HENDRIKS(R)||1-6||L||105||7.5 un||U||5||4||1||9||3||0|
|8/28/2014||MILONE(L)||@ KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)||11-5||W||140||8 ev||O||14||8||0||12||11||1|
|8/29/2014||MAY(R)||@ BALTIMORE||GONZALEZ(R)|| |
|8/30/2014||GIBSON(R)||@ BALTIMORE||TILLMAN(R)|| |
|8/31/2014||NOLASCO(R)||@ BALTIMORE||CHEN(L)|| |
|9/1/2014||HUGHES(R)||@ BALTIMORE||GAUSMAN(R)|| |
|9/2/2014||MILONE(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||NOESI(R)|| |
|9/3/2014||MAY(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||DANKS(L)|| |
|9/4/2014||GIBSON(R)||LA ANGELS||WEAVER(R)|| |
|9/5/2014|| ||LA ANGELS|| || |
|8/15/2014||CHEN(L)||@ CLEVELAND||KLUBER(R)||1-2||L||140||7 un||U||7||10||0||6||6||1|
|8/16/2014||JIMENEZ(R)||@ CLEVELAND||CARRASCO(R)||0-6||L||135||8 ev||U||4||3||1||8||5||1|
|8/17/2014||GAUSMAN(R)||@ CLEVELAND||SALAZAR(R)||4-1||W||120||8 un||U||12||10||1||2||4||1|
|8/18/2014||NORRIS(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||SALE(L)||8-2||W||145||7 ov||O||12||7||0||3||1||0|
|8/19/2014||TILLMAN(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)||5-1||W||100||8.5 ov||U||9||4||1||3||3||0|
|8/20/2014||CHEN(L)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||NOESI(R)||4-3||W||-145||8.5 ov||U||8||3||0||6||4||0|
|8/22/2014||GAUSMAN(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||ARRIETA(R)||1-4||L||-105||7.5 un||U||5||5||1||9||5||0|
|8/23/2014||NORRIS(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||HENDRICKS(R)||2-7||L||-110||7 un||O||7||5||1||11||6||0|
|8/24/2014||GONZALEZ(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||WADA(L)||1-2||L||-115||8 un||U||1||3||0||6||5||0|
|8/25/2014||TILLMAN(R)||TAMPA BAY||ODORIZZI(R)||9-1||W||-115||7.5 un||O||14||7||1||4||4||2|
|8/26/2014||CHEN(L)||TAMPA BAY||COBB(R)||4-2||W||-110||7.5 un||U||9||9||0||8||9||1|
|8/27/2014||GAUSMAN(R)||TAMPA BAY||SMYLY(L)||1-3||L||-105||8 un||U||2||3||2||9||6||1|
|8/28/2014||NORRIS(R)||TAMPA BAY||HELLICKSON(R)||5-4||W||-125||8 un||O||11||9||0||7||5||2|
|9/5/2014|| ||@ TAMPA BAY|| || |
|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.''
|BALTIMORE: BALTIMORE (AP) - The transformation of the Baltimore Orioles clubhouse under manager Buck Showalter is complete.|
No longer do the Orioles hope to win. They expect it.
When Showalter took over in July 2010, he inherited a team with the worst record in the majors. Having gone without a winning season since 1997, Baltimore could only hope Showalter's knack for orchestrating quick turnarounds would take hold in a town that had switched its allegiance from baseball to football.
By 2012, the Orioles were back. Baltimore won 93 games, beat Texas in the wild-card matchup and took the New York Yankees to the limit before falling in the AL division series.
After missing the postseason last year, the Orioles are poised for a return. They maintained the nucleus of a team that went 85-77 and was in contention to the final week, then added right-handed starter Ubaldo Jimenez and slugger Nelson Cruz to an already potent lineup that led the majors in home runs in 2013.
''When you have talent, you have confidence,'' right fielder Nick Markakis said. ''Put them together and good things usually happen. We've got that right now. We know we have a good team and we're going to roll with it.''
Although Jimenez and Cruz didn't come aboard until after the start of spring training, Showalter never wavered in his belief that the Orioles would challenge the defending champion Boston Red Sox and retooled Yankees in the AL East.
''I felt that way whether or not we added Nelson and Jimenez,'' he said. ''That's a poor reflection on me and my staff if we thought we needed more to win.''
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (MINNESOTA-BALTIMORE) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Twins-Orioles Preview* =======================
By NOEY KUPCHAN STATS Writer
Minnesota (58-74) at Baltimore (75-56), 7:05 p.m. EDT
Getting back home has made all the difference for the AL East-leading Baltimore Orioles.
Baltimore tries to stay hot Friday night in the first of four against the last-place Minnesota Twins.
The Orioles (76-56) have been especially good at Camden Yards over the last two months, going 18-6 to post the league's best home record since June 30. After closing a 4-5 road trip with three straight defeats to the Chicago Cubs, Baltimore took three of four from Tampa Bay to open an 11-game homestand.
Steve Pearce homered again and J.J. Hardy delivered a tiebreaking RBI single in the seventh inning in Thursday's 5-4 victory. Pearce is batting .333 with five homers, five doubles and 11 runs scored during an 11-game hitting streak.
"To win a four-game series in the division, that's huge," reliever Andrew Miller said after picking up the victory. "Hopefully we can carry some momentum out of that."
While the Orioles would appear to have a big edge over the Twins (59-74), they dropped two of three at Minnesota from May 2-4. Joe Mauer has hit .448 with five extra-base hits and seven RBIs as the Twins have taken five of the last eight meetings.
Minnesota had lost four in a row and eight of 11 before breaking through with Thursday's 11-5, 10-inning win at Central-leading Kansas City. Brian Dozier and Jordan Schafer combined for six hits and seven RBIs as the Twins bounced back from consecutive one-run efforts.
"We hung in there and finally had the big inning," said manager Ron Gardenhire, whose team went 8 for 17 with runners in scoring position. "It was a nice win for us after two tough losses."
Dozier has hit safely in seven straight, going 10 for 25 with five doubles, eight RBIs, nine runs and nine walks.
Minnesota's Trevor May (0-3, 8.79 ERA) hasn't seen anything go his way since getting called up Aug. 9. Opponents are hitting .387 against the right-hander, who's posted a 2.67 WHIP in losing each of his first three starts.
May was tagged for five runs and 11 hits over 5 1-3 innings as the Twins fell 8-6 in Game 2 of Saturday's doubleheader against Detroit. He threw 99 pitches and didn't allow a walk, a good sign after issuing 11 in his first two starts spanning 6 2-3 innings.
"I felt comfortable throwing the ball over the plate, and not giving up any free passes was definitely a plus," he told MLB's official website. "From here, it's about stringing those zeros together and getting some 'Ws' in the win column."
May will be opposed by Miguel Gonzalez (6-7, 3.75), who lost 2-1 at the Cubs on Sunday. He allowed both runs and six hits over 6 1-3 innings in his first start following a two-week minor league stint.
Gonzalez, 2-2 with a 2.49 ERA over his last seven outings, has yielded two runs or fewer in all but one of those appearances. He gave up three runs, six hits and a season high-tying four walks over 4 2-3 innings in his only career appearance against Minnesota, a 5-2 defeat May 4.
Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe is 5 for his last 35 on the road. However, he's a career .318 hitter against the Orioles, his highest mark against any AL club.
|Last Updated: 9/21/2014 1:08:13 PM EST|