American League Preview from The Sports Network
Tuesday, May 27th
(All times Eastern)
Texas Rangers (26-25) at Minnesota Twins (23-25), 8:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Texas - Yu Darvish (4-2, 2.35)
Minnesota - Phil Hughes (5-1, 3.15)
(SportsNetwork.com) - Phil Hughes goes after a sixth straight winning decision
on Tuesday when the Minnesota Twins continue a four-game set with the Texas
Rangers at Target Field.
Hughes has been impressive for the Twins and is coming off a brilliant effort
his last time out in San Diego. The righty scattered seven hits and struck out
seven over seven scoreless innings to improve to 5-1 to go along with a 3.15
"He's in that mode where he just trusts his stuff," Twins manager Ron
Gardenhire said. "He's relaxed a little bit now and he just feels it coming
out of his hand."
He has given up just three runs this month and has a 1.03 ERA in May, which is
the second lowest by a Twins pitcher for the month in club history. Jim Hughes
pitched to a 0.87 ERA and was 6-0 in May 1976.
The Twins' record for lowest ERA for any month is Johan Santana's 0.45 mark in
2004. In fact, Santana and Hughes are two of just five Twins pitchers since
1961 to post an ERA below 1.00 for any month. Bill Krueger had an 0.84 ERA in
April 1992, Bill Dailey had a 0.90 ERA in June 1963 and Francisco Liriano had
a 0.93 ERA in April 2010.
Hughes, who is 5-0 with a 1.60 ERA in his last six starts, has also not walked
a batter in 26 1/3 innings in May.
"Of course I'm trying not to walk guys," Hughes said. "Sometimes, it's just
going to happen. Lately I've been able to throw a lot of strikes and avoid
that. But sometimes you're going to miss. It's physical. It's human. You're
not going to make a perfect pitch every single time. I tell myself out there,
'If I'm going to miss, I'm going to miss on the plate.' Throw strikes, be
aggressive, because I feel like my stuff is good enough to get away with
mistakes over the plate."
Hughes has faced the Rangers six times (5 starts) and is 2-2 with a 1.71 ERA
Texas, meanwhile, will counter with an impressive righty of its own in Yu
Darvish, who has won three of his last four decisions. Darvish beat the
Detroit Tigers on Thursday, as he limited them to a pair of runs over seven
innings to run his record to 4-2, but slightly raised his ERA to 2.35.
Darvish is 0-1 in two starts against the Twins with a 2.92 ERA.
Texas won its third straight game in Monday's opener, as Nick Tepesch spun 6
2/3 solid innings to help guide the Rangers to a 7-2 victory. Elvis Andrus
collected three hits to go along with a pair of RBI and Chris Gimenez drove in
two runs for the Rangers, who have won six of their last eight.
"We got to keep it up. I just want us to continue to stay consistent and
continue to get better," said Rangers manager Ron Washington.
Tepesch (2-0) allowed just two runs on seven hits with four strikeouts to win
consecutive decisions for the first time in his young career.
Kevin Correia (2-6), who was 3-0 against the Rangers entering the game,
yielded four runs on seven hits over seven frames to absorb the loss.
"It was a situation where one pitch here and there, and we're up and their
down," said Correia.
Trevor Plouffe blasted a solo home run for the Twins, who have lost four
Minnesota took four of its seven meetings with the Rangers last season.
05/27 10:27:23 ET
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