American League Preview from The Sports Network
Thursday, May 29th
(All times Eastern)
Texas Rangers (27-26) at Minnesota Twins (24-26), 1:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Texas - Nick Martinez (1-1, 2.14)
Minnesota - Samuel Deduno (1-3, 3.48)
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Texas Rangers go after a series win on Thursday when
they complete a four-game set with the Minnesota Twins at Target Field.
Texas posted its major league-leading 10th shutout of the season Wednesday, as
five pitchers combined for a six-hitter and Luis Sardinas drove in the lone
run in the Rangers' 1-0 victory. Leonys Martin was 2-for-4 and scored on
Sardinas' single in the seventh inning for Texas, which has won six of its
last eight games.
Rangers reliever Shawn Tolleson (1-1) pitched 1 2/3 innings, allowing just one
hit and a walk to earn the win in relief of starter Joe Saunders, who returned
from the disabled list and fired five scoreless frames.
Brian Dozier and Eduardo Nunez had the only extra-base hits for the Twins, who
have lost five of their last six.
Jared Burton (1-2) was tagged for one run on two hits to absorb the loss.
"We gave up one and unfortunately we had chances," Twins manager Ron
Gardenhire said. "We had chances to score early and they made enough pitches.
It was a cat-and-mouse (game) after that. They needed a big hit and they got
one that flipped into the outfield and there you have it. We hit some right on
the nose at some people, but that's way those games go."
Texas, which has won six straight day games, will turn to rookie Nick
Martinez, who is coming off his first win of his career. Martinez beat the
Detroit Tigers on Saturday, limiting them to a run and eight hits in six
innings, as he improved to 1-1 to go along with a 2.14 ERA.
"I feel comfortable," Martinez said. "I never felt uncomfortable even when I
was in the bullpen. I had a pretty good routine in the bullpen. But being in
the bullpen, your routine you have to play it by ear. Your routine as a
starter is set in stone."
Minnesota, meanwhile, will hand the ball to righty Samuel Deduno, who is 1-3
with a 3.48 ERA. Deduno lost to San Francisco on Saturday, as he allowed two
runs and four hits with three walks in 5 2/3 innings.
Deduno is 0-1 in two starts versus the Rangers with an 8.71 ERA in those
Minnesota took four of its seven meetings with the Rangers last season.
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