American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Tuesday, April 22nd
(All times eastern)
Minnesota Twins (9-9) at Tampa Bay Rays (9-10), 7:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Minnesota - Kyle Gibson (3-0, 0.93)
Tampa Bay - David Price (2-1, 4.39)
(SportsNetwork,com) - Kyle Gibson will try to secure his fourth victory in as
many starts this season on Tuesday night when the Minnesota Twins play the
first of three straight against the Tampa Bay Rays.
The 26-year-old Gibson is off to a fantastic start, opening 3-0 while giving
up just two runs and 12 hits over 19 1/3 innings for a 0.93 earned run
Gibson was even able to correct his one concerning issue last time out. He had
walked eight batters through his first two outings, but yielded just one free
pass in Thursday's 7-0 win over Toronto. The righty hurled eight innings of
four-hit ball, striking out four.
Gibson got his first taste of big league action last year with 10 starts, his
third career outing coming on the road versus Tampa Bay on July 9. He took a
loss, charged with four runs on four hits and four walks over six innings.
Minnesota managed to avoid a three-game sweep at the hands of the Kansas City
Royals by winning Sunday's finale 8-3. Trevor Plouffe had three hits, all for
extra bases, and drove in two runs to key the offense.
"It feels good just to produce no matter where you hit it. My job is to drive
in runs and using the whole field is part of that. You're not always going to
get a pitch to drive to left so you've got to be able to use the whole field,"
said Plouffe, who has reached base in 16 of his 18 games this season.
Kurt Suzuki drove in a pair of runs and Chris Colabello, Jason Kubel and
Eduardo Escobar picked up an RBI apiece for the Twins, who have won six of
Minnesota will try to defeat Tampa Bay starter David Price tonight and the
lefty is coming off a tough outing last Thursday against the New York Yankees.
Price gave up six runs on 10 hits, two homers and a walk over just five
innings of work, falling to 2-1 on the year with a 4.39 ERA through four
The 28-year-old is 2-2 lifetime versus the Twins with a 2.66 ERA.
Price's loss came in the opener of a four-game set with the Yankees, and the
Rays outscored New York 27-6 in taking the next two meetings before losing
Sunday's finale 5-1 in 12 innings.
New York scored the first of four runs in the 12th frame when Dean Anna drew a
bases-loaded walk with two outs off C.J. Riefenhauser, a call that brought
Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon out to argue.
After the game, Maddon complained there are too many ways to interpret the
rule regarding checked swings.
"It's one of the most ill-defined, inconsistent rules in baseball," he said.
"I'm not blaming the umpires."
The Rays will try to rebound against a team they have had a ton of success
against the previous two meetings.
Tampa Bay won the final five of six meetings with Minnesota in 2012, then won
the first six encounters a season ago before the Twins notched a home victory
on Sept. 15.
The Rays have won six in a row at home versus the Twins.
04/22 10:44:44 ET