American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Sunday, July 7th
(All times Eastern)
Minnesota Twins (37-47) at Toronto Blue Jays (42-45), 1:07 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Minnesota - Scott Diamond (5-7, 5.18)
Toronto - Todd Redmond (0-1, 3.52)
(Sports Network) - The Minnesota Twins and Toronto Blue Jays will meet up on
Sunday in the finale of a three-game series at Rogers Centre.
Both of these teams have been on either side of a shutout in the first two
games of the series. On Friday, the Blue Jays were powered by Mark Buehrle and
Jose Bautista and earned a 4-0 win.
On Saturday, the tables turned as the Twins rolled to a 6-0 victory.
Mike Pelfrey was strong for the Twins as the starting pitcher and he tossed
six shutout innings while allowing three hits and as many walks. Brian Dozier
was the star on the offensive side and went 2-for-4 with a home run and four
The Twins snapped a six-game losing streak with the win.
Maicer Izturis went 3-for-3 for the Blue Jays, but the rest of the team was a
combined 1-for-25 without any extra base hits.
R.A. Dickey made the start for Toronto, but let up six runs on seven hits in
seven innings of work to take the loss, the fourth in the last five games for
the Blue Jays.
Coming off his best start in almost a month, Scott Diamond will try to keep
the success going when he starts for the Twins on Sunday.
Diamond, who is 5-7 with an ERA of 5.18 on the campaign, pitched 6 2/3 solid
innings against the Yankees last Monday. Diamond allowed three runs, two of
which were earned, while tying a season-high with five strikeouts. The Twins
still lost the game, 10-4, but it was the first time since June 2 that Diamond
held an opponent to fewer than four runs.
This start will mark the third start of Diamond's career, and first of this
season, against the Blue Jays. In the first two starts, Diamond has split the
decisions while positing an ERA of 1.50 in 12 innings of work.
Todd Redmond will make his first start of the season on Sunday when he gets
the ball for the Blue Jays.
Redmond was recalled from Triple A on July 3 after Chien-Ming Wang was
designated for assignment. This will be his second appearance since that call
up. In the first outing on Wednesday Redmond pitched three scoreless innings
of relief in a 6-2 loss to Detroit.
When he makes the start on Sunday, it will be his first since August 18 of
last season when Redmond pitched 3 1/3 innings for the Cincinnati Reds in his
first career appearance. Redmond has never faced Minnesota.
07/07 10:32:58 ET