American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, May 31st
(All times Eastern)
Minnesota Twins (25-27) at New York Yankees (28-25), 1:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Minnesota - Kevin Correia (2-6, 6.34)
New York - Masahiro Tanaka (7-1, 2.29)
(SportsNetwork.com) - Masahiro Tanaka will be on display yet again on Saturday
as he and the New York Yankees take on the Minnesota Twins in the second part
of a three-game series.
Tanaka has been lights out this season and looks like he will easily live up
to the big contract he signed with New York in the offseason. In 10 starts he
is 7-1 with an ERA of 2.29, which is the lowest in the American League. The
right-hander has also racked up 79 strikeouts in 70 2/3 innings of work and
has a WHIP of 0.98.
Tanaka bounced back from his first loss of the season, when he let up four
runs, three of which were earned, in six innings against the Cubs, by pitching
a strong game against the White Sox last Sunday. In the contest he allowed
just one run over 6 2/3 innings, scattering five hits and striking out six.
With only 10 starts under his belt so far Tanaka is still seeing many clubs
for the first time. Minnesota falls into that category.
Minnesota got the win in the series opener Friday night, securing a 6-1
victory behind a strong pitching effort from starter Ricky Nolasco. In his
first career start against the Yankees, Nolasco surrendered just one run,
while scattering seven hits and four walks over six innings.
"He commanded his fastball a little bit better tonight," Twins manager Ron
Gardenhire said of Nolasco.
Oswaldo Arcia led the offensive charge for the Twins, putting forth a 2-for-4
game with a home run and two runs scored. Trevor Plouffe also homered and
drove in a pair of runs.
The win was just the second in the last eight games for the Twins, who are now
25-27 on the season.
Vidal Nuno took the loss for the Yankees on Friday. He allowed four runs on
seven hits in 6 2/3 innings, although he did strike out six batters. The loss
was the second in the last three games for the Yankees, who are now 28-25 on
"At times he was decent, but when he made a mistake, they hit it out of the
park," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said of Nuno.
Kevin Correia will once again be out to improve on a disastrous start to the
season when he makes the start for Minnesota on Saturday.
Correia has been abysmal this season, with an ERA of 6.34 and a record of just
2-6 in his 10 starts. In his most recent outing he managed to last seven
innings, but gave up four runs on seven hits in a 7-2 loss to the Texas
Rangers. It was the third time in the last four starts that he has taken a
Saturday will mark Correia's first career start against the Yankees, with only
other appearance coming in relief. He lasted two-thirds of an inning and
allowed a hit and no runs in that outing.
This is the first series of the year between these teams. The Yankees won five
of seven games a year ago.
05/31 10:32:02 ET