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Wednesday, July 24th
(All times Eastern)
Minnesota Twins (43-54) at LA Angels of Anaheim (46-52), 3:35 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Minnesota - Mike Pelfrey (4-7, 5.40)
LA Angels - Jered Weaver (4-5, 3.30)
(Sports Network) - The Minnesota Twins will shoot for a sweep of the Los
Angeles Angels of Anaheim on Wednesday afternoon when the clubs meet for the
finale of a three-game set at Angel Stadium.
The Twins opened this set at Angel Stadium with a 4-3 win on Monday, and
posted a 10-3 extra-inning victory on Tuesday. Chris Herrmann's grand slam
capped a seven-run 10th inning as Minnesota won for the sixth time in seven
Ryan Doumit drove in the go-ahead run in the 10th and Pedro Florimon later hit
a two-run homer for the Twins, who are 11 games out of first in the AL
"This is what we've been waiting for all year," said Doumit. "We're getting
timely hitting, we're playing great defense, and we're getting great
Glen Perkins (2-0) grabbed the win despite blowing the save in the ninth,
while starter Kyle Gibson gave up two runs on five hits over six innings.
Mark Trumbo and Albert Pujols hit solo home runs for the Angels, who have lost
three straight and six of eight. L.A. is also 11 games out of first place in
the AL West.
Tommy Hanson gave up just one run on four hits with eight strikeouts over 5
1/3 frames, while Ernesto Frieri (0-2) was pounded for five runs in the 10th
to take the loss.
Minnesota gave up a one-run lead in the ninth, but went back on top in a big
way in the 10th.
With two on and no outs, Doumit punched a single to center for the lead. Clete
Thomas later walked to load the bags and Herrmann crushed a pitch over the
wall in right-center for a grand slam. Later in the frame, Florimon crushed a
two-run homer for a 10-3 advantage.
"It's hard to believe that I got my first grand slam," said Herrmann. "It was
an inside cutter and I really got a good swing on it."
The Angels went down quietly in the bottom of the 10th.
The Twins will send Mike Pelfrey to the rubber today and he'll try to remain
perfect for his career against the Angels. Pelfrey is 3-0 with a 4.95 ERA in
three career starts against L.A. and he beat the Angels back on April 16 by
tossing five innings of four-run ball.
However, Pelfrey only has one win over his last 11 starts, posting a 1-4 mark
during that stretch. The big righty logged a no-decision in his last
trip to the mound, allowing two runs and four hits over 5 2/3 innings in
Friday's 3-2 win over Cleveland.
Meanwhile, the Angels hope Jered Weaver can continue his excellent start to
the month when he takes the hill on Wednesday. Three of Weaver's four
victories this season have come in July and he is 3-1 with a 1.73 ERA in four
outings this month.
After losing his last start before the All-Star break on July 13 in Seattle,
Weaver rebounded on Friday with a win against Oakland. He allowed
just four hits over 6 2/3 scoreless innings, while striking out eight and
Weaver has had success against the Twins over the years, going 7-2 with a 3.58
ERA in 13 career games. Minnesota batters are hitting only .201 against Weaver
in this matchup.
The Twins have won all four games against L.A. this season after the Angels
claimed six of nine meetings in 2012. Minnesota was 0-3 in Anaheim last
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