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Thursday, June 13th
(All times Eastern)
Philadelphia Phillies (31-35) at Minnesota Twins (29-33), 8:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Philadelphia - Cliff Lee (7-2, 2.55)
Minnesota - Kevin Correia (5-4, 4.11)
(Sports Network) - For the first time since the beginning of May, the
Philadelphia Phillies are taking the field after a Cliff Lee loss.
Lee draws the start for the Phillies Thursday against the Minnesota Twins in
the finale of a three-game series at Target Field. The Phillies couldn't hold
a 4-0 lead in Lee's last start, a 5-4 loss at Milwaukee on Friday, and the
left-hander deserved some of the blame.
The 2008 AL Cy Young Award winner gave up four runs, three of which were
earned, and eight hits in seven innings for a no-decision against the Brewers
and remained unbeaten in his last seven starts (5-0, 1.84 ERA). The Phillies
are 6-1 in that stretch for Lee, who matched a season high with three walks
and has surrendered six runs in his previous two starts.
"Yeah, I'm not very happy about that to be honest with you," Lee said of the
walks. "Especially there in the seventh, the leadoff walk obviously ended up
scoring and I've got to do a better job of making him earn his way on base."
Lee is 7-2 with a 2.55 earned run average in 13 starts and 5-1 in eight road
assignments. The former Cleveland Indian has faced the Twins 19 times -- all
starts -- in his career, going 8-4 with a 3.64 ERA.
The Phillies hope Lee can play stopper as the club tries to avoid a three-game
sweep against the Twins after dropping Wednesday's contest, 4-3. The bullpen
blew a nice effort from starter Tyler Cloyd, who tossed five innings of one-
run ball in the no-decision. Antonio Bastardo was dealt the loss for allowing
two runs in the eighth inning.
Justin De Fratus uncorked a wild pitch to allow the go-ahead run to score.
Former Twin Ben Revere had three hits, an RBI and a run scored, while Jimmy
Rollins went 2-for-4 with a run scored for the Phillies, who have dropped five
in a row since winning five straight.
"I think that we keep going and keep trying to grind it out and then we'll see
what kind of players we've got as far as mental toughness and hard-nosed and
things like that," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said of his team's
After Thursday's game the Phillies will head to Colorado for three matchups
with the Rockies. They are 1-5 on a 10-game road trip.
Minnesota improved to 2-0 on its nine-game homestand thanks to Philadelphia's
bumbling bullpen. Clete Thomas put the Twins on top for good when he scored on
a wild pitch in the eighth inning and also doubled in a run earlier in the
frame. He finished 4-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored.
"I was going right away," Thomas said of scoring on a wild pitch. "I saw it
squirt away and I was going and just hoping it didn't kick hard off that wall.
It stayed back there."
Oswaldo Arcia had three hits and three runs scored for Minnesota, which has
won six of its last 10 games. Mike Pelfrey allowed three runs in seven innings
for the no-decision and Brian Duensing got the final two outs of the eighth
for the win. Glen Perkins earned his 15th save in the ninth.
The Twins will also host Detroit and the Chicago White Sox on the homestand.
Minnesota has won each of Kevin Correia's last three starts and the right-
hander gets the nod in Thursday's finale. Correia, though, has posted
consecutive no-decisions and is just 1-2 in his last three decisions.
Correia struck out seven and did not walk a batter in Saturday's 4-3 win at
Washington, as he allowed three runs and eight hits in 6 1/3 innings. The
right-hander is 5-4 in 12 starts with a 4.11 ERA and has made 11 career
appearances (4 starts) against the Phillies. He hasn't enjoyed much success in
that stretch with a 1-3 mark and an 8.64 ERA.
Minnesota lost two of three meetings with Philadelphia last season.
06/13 10:21:19 ET