Twins-Pittsburgh series preview

  • Updated: June 18, 2012 - 10:10 PM

A THREE-GAME SERIES AT PNC PARK

LH Scott Diamond (5-2, 2.13 ERA) vs. RH Kevin Correia (2-6, 4.43)

Tuesday, 6:05 p.m. • FSN, 1500-AM

LH Francisco Liriano (1-7, 6.24) vs. LH Erik Bedard (4-7, 4.36)

Wednesday, 6:05 p.m. • FSN, 1500-AM

RH Liam Hendriks (0-3, 7.83) vs. RH James McDonald (5-3, 2.32)

Thursday, 6:05 p.m. • FSN, 1500-AM

TWINS UPDATE

Monday's off day was well-timed, as the bullpen pitched nine scoreless innings in Sunday's 5-4, 15-inning victory over Milwaukee. The Twins went 4-5 in a disappointing homestand against the Cubs, Phillies and Brewers. Once again, the main problem was the rotation, as their starting pitchers went 2-4 with a 6.04 ERA. Diamond allowed four runs over six innings in Thursday's 6-1 loss to Philadelphia.

PIRATES UPDATE

Pitching has kept them in contention, but the Pirates had the lowest-scoring offense in the majors, averaging 3.24 runs per game, before scoring nine runs Saturday and Sunday against Cleveland. Third baseman Pedro Alvarez, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2008 draft, was batting only .189 before hitting two home runs in each of those weekend victories. Correia gave up four earned runs over six innings Wednesday in a 7-1 loss at Baltimore.

JOE CHRISTENSEN

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Atlanta - LP: A. Wood 0 FINAL
Philadelphia - WP: A. Bastardo 1
Cleveland 5 Bottom 8th Inning
Detroit 6
Toronto - LP: R. Dickey 0 FINAL
Minnesota - WP: K. Gibson 7
Seattle 6 Bottom 6th Inning
Texas 8
Los Angeles 1 Top 3rd Inning
San Francisco 0
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San Diego - I. Kennedy
St. Louis - A. Wainwright 6:05 PM
Washington - T. Jordan
Milwaukee - Y. Gallardo 6:05 PM
Pittsburgh - E. Volquez
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Tampa Bay - D. Price
Toronto - D. McGowan 6:10 PM
Minnesota - M. Pelfrey
Boston - J. Lester 7:10 PM
Chicago WSox - C. Sale
Kansas City - J. Shields 7:10 PM
Houston - S. Feldman
Philadelphia 6:00 PM
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Chicago 7:00 PM
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Minnesota 8:30 PM
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