American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, July 19
(All times Eastern)
Tampa Bay Rays (45-53) at Minnesota Twins (44-51), 7:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Tampa Bay - David Price (9-7, 3.23)
Minnesota - Phil Hughes (10-5, 3.92)
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Tampa Bay Rays will meet the Minnesota Twins in the
second game of a three-game set at Target Field Saturday.
The Rays will send David Price to the mound as they try to make up some ground
in the American League East, while the Twins will counter with Phil Hughes on
Price is one of a handful of pitchers in the American League to have recorded
nine wins prior to the All-Star break. Price's record sits at 9-7, and he
sports a 3.23 earned run average.
He also leads the AL in strikeouts with 164 entering the game. The 28-year-old
Tennessee native has been on fire in his last four starts, picking up wins in
each of them. He pitched eight innings on July 13 against Toronto and didn't
allow a single run on five hits. Price picked up five more strikeouts in the
contest to add to his resume.
Price, whose name is swirling in trade rumors, has started seven games against
the Twins in his career. He owns a 3-2 record against Minnesota, but has
dominated the Twins with a 2.72 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP.
On the other side, Hughes will put his 10-5 record and 3.92 ERA on the line
and has won back-to-back starts since going winless (0-2) in his previous
three trips to the mound. Hughes has faced Tampa Bay 17 times (10 starts) in
his career and is 4-5 with a 4.62 ERA.
Hughes is 3-3 in nine home starts this season.
Twins pitcher Kyle Gibson was roughed up a bit Friday night in a 6-2 loss to
the Rays in the first game of the series. He surrendered all six runs to Tampa
on nine hits, and was credited with the loss.
Evan Longoria doubled in the third inning and drove in three runs for the Rays
to put them up 3-0 early, then, following a Trevor Plouffe homer in the third,
Ben Zobrist sent a two-run shot into the seats for the winning runs. Longoria
and Zobrist accounted for five of the six Tampa runs.
Alex Cobb picked up the win for the Rays after lasting 5 2/3 innings and
giving up two runs on five hits.
"We pretty much picked up where we did leave it off at the All-Star break,"
Rays manager Joe Maddon said.
Tampa Bay has won three in a row and is 9-4 this month. Minnesota is an even
7-7 in the month of July, and snapped a two-game win streak with the defeat.
The Twins are sitting in the basement of the American League Central
standings, while Tampa is tied with Boston for the AL East bottom at 8 1/2
07/19 10:22:35 ET