American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Wednesday, August 13
(All times Eastern)
Minnesota Twins (53-65) vs. Houston Astros (50-70), 2:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Minnesota - Kyle Gibson (10-9, 4.13)
Houston - Brett Oberholtzer (4-7, 4.05)
(SportsNetwork.com) - Lose a slugger, no problem. Another one steps up for the
Just hours after the team said rookie George Springer would miss some more
time with a quad injury that was subsequently aggravated in a rehab
assignment, Chris Carter blasted two more home runs to continue a stretch
that's been the best in the majors since July 1.
Houston pitcher Brett Oberholtzer will hope for that sort of run support on
Wednesday afternoon when he aims for a third straight win as the Astros
wrap up a three-game series with the Minnesota Twins at Minute Maid Park.
Springer has 20 home runs in his initial 78 games, but hasn't played since
Carter's two homers on Tuesday gave him six in the last six games and 15 since
the beginning of July. He has a team-high 28 home runs on the season.
The multi-homer game on Tuesday was his sixth of the season, which tied Lance
Berkman's team record from 2006. Carter had a career-best 29 home runs last
"He had it in spurts last year," manager Bo Porter said. "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."
The Astros had managed just four runs on 15 hits in two losses before breaking
out with 12 hits on Tuesday.
Oberholtzer had won two straight starts before his last outing on Friday
against Texas, but allowed two runs in seven innings to get a no-decision in a
game Houston won, 4-3.
He's 2-0 with a 2.91 earned run average in his last five starts and has never
started against Minnesota.
The Twins counter with right-hander Kyle Gibson, who'd had two straight
unbeaten starts before allowing six runs and walking five in a 6-5 loss to
Oakland on Friday.
In the two previous wins, he'd allowed three runs in 14 innings.
Against Houston on June 7, he tossed seven scoreless innings in an 8-0 win.
Gibson will be backed by a streaking Joe Mauer, who's pushed a hit streak to
14 games, one off his career-best run from 2008.
On Tuesday, Carter homered twice and knocked in five, as the Astros pounded
the Twins, 10-4. Jose Altuve went 3-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored for
the Astros, who recovered from dropping a 4-2 decision in Monday's opener to
win for the third time in five overall.
Jake Marisnick homered among his two hits and crossed home twice, with Marwin
Gonzalez hitting safely twice and scoring two runs for Houston.
The burst of offense buttressed starter Collin McHugh (5-9), who allowed one
run on four hits over six effective innings.
Oswaldo Arcia accounted for three RBI on two home runs and Kennys Vargas added
a solo shot for the Twins, whose two-game win streak came to an end.
Yohan Pino (1-5) was tagged in defeat for seven hits and as many runs, despite
fanning seven, in just 4 1/3 frames.
08/13 10:37:04 ET