Interleague Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, June 8th
(All times Eastern)
Minnesota Twins (26-31) at Washington Nationals (29-30), 4:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Minnesota - Kevin Correia (5-4, 4.09)
Washington - Gio Gonzalez (3-3, 3.64)
(Sports Network) - Poor weather has prevented the Washington Nationals from
playing for two straight days.
Instead of persistent rain, better conditions this afternoon at Nationals
Park will allow the team that has struggled recently to get back on the field.
The Nationals have dropped five of their last seven games heading into
Saturday's opener of a three-game series against the Minnesota Twins.
Washington's finale of a three-game set with the New York Mets was postponed
Thursday because of rain and the game will be made up July 26 in a
doubleheader, which is slated to begin at 1:35 p.m. (ET).
The opener of the current series was to begin last night, but was postponed
and will be made as part of a split doubleheader on Sunday. The originally
scheduled contest will still be played at 1:35 p.m. ET and the makeup game
will take place at 7:05 p.m.
Gio Gonzalez will take the mound for the Nationals Saturday and has been
linked to an MLB investigation about performance-enhancing drugs. Gonzalez,
who is among the names involved in an anti-aging clinic in Miami, is 0-1 in
his last five starts and hasn't won since May 5 at Pittsburgh.
The left-hander did not receive a decision in last Saturday's 2-1 loss at
Atlanta and pitched well, allowing one run and three hits in seven innings
with seven strikeouts and one walk. Gonzalez is 3-3 in 12 starts to go along
with a 3.64 earned run average and has made six career starts against
Minnesota, going 2-3 with a less-than-stellar 7.80 ERA.
Minnesota will hand the ball to Kevin Correia. He is 5-4 with a 4.09 ERA in 11
starts. The Twins have won each of Correia's last two starts, but the right-
hander did not record a decision in last Saturday's 5-4 win over Seattle as
he gave up four runs and eight hits in 6 2/3 innings.
Correia has made 13 appearances (6 starts) in his career against the Nationals
and is 3-3 with a 3.33 ERA over 48 2/3 innings.
The Nationals were trounced, 10-1, in Wednesday's contest by the Mets, while
the Twins are coming off back-to-back losses at Kansas City.
The Twins and Nationals are meeting for the first time since Minnesota swept a
three-game series at home back in 2008. This will be the Twins' first trip to
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