Twins-Tampa Bay series preview

  • Updated: July 17, 2014 - 11:12 PM


Friday, 7:10 p.m. • FSN, 96.3-FM

RHP Kyle Gibson (8-7, 3.92) vs. RHP Alex Cobb (4-6, 4.14)

Saturday, 6:10 p.m. • FSN, 96.3-FM

RHP Phil Hughes (10-5, 3.92) vs. LHP David Price (9-7, 3.23)

Sunday, 1:10 p.m. • FSN, 96.3-FM

RHP Kevin Correia (5-11, 4.61) vs. RHP Chris Archer (5-5, 3.41)



They have won five of their past six games and are tied with Chicago for last place in the AL Central. … They are 21-22 at Target Field but went 2-5 on their last home- stand. This is the first of 10 games at home. … Kevin Correia had been scheduled to start Saturday, but the Twins moved up Phil Hughes by a day. Hughes has made 10 career starts against Tampa Bay, and is 4-5 with a 4.62 ERA. … They are 13-12 against the AL East. … The Twins went 2-1 at Tampa Bay in April, the first time they won a series against the Rays since 2011. They are 10-24 against the Rays over the past five seasons, 4-12 at Target Field. … They are without RHPs Ricky Nolasco and Mike Pelfrey, 1B Joe Mauer and SS Danny Santana. … CF Sam Fuld spent three seasons with Tampa Bay (2011-13), and batted .230 with five home runs and 49 RBI in 268 games.



They entered the All-Star break with a losing record (44-53) for the first time since 2007 and are tied for last in the AL East with Boston. But the Rays are 13-5 since June 26, and 11-3 on their past three road trips. They are 22-25 away from home. … They are without RF Wil Myers (wrist), RHP Matt Moore (elbow surgery) and LF David DeJesus (hand), and C Ryan Hanigan (side) and CF Desmond Jennings (knee) are day-to-day. … 3B Evan Longoria is having a subpar season (.257, 11 homers, 44 RBI), but needs only five RBI to pass Carl Crawford (592) for the franchise record. … LHP David Price’s 164 strikeouts are the most by any pitcher at the break in 12 years.


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