American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, June 1st
(All times Eastern)
Seattle Mariners (24-31) at Minnesota Twins (23-29), 1:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Seattle - Aaron Harang (2-5, 6.51)
Minnesota - Kevin Correia (5-4, 3.96)
(Sports Network) - A pair of teams desperate for wins will clash once again on
Saturday when the Seattle Mariners and the Minnesota Twins continue a three-
game series at Target Field.
Kendrys Morales launched a two-run home run in the sixth inning to break a
scoreless tie to lead the Mariners to a 3-0 win over the Twins on Friday
Hisashi Iwakuma continued his stellar season as he picked up his sixth win by
pitching 7 1/3 shutout innings while striking out five batters. Tom
Wilhelmsen then pitched a perfect ninth inning for his 12th save of the
Morales was just 1-for-4 in the contest while Brendan Ryan and Jesus Sucre
each went 2-for-4. Sucre also added an RBI, as the Mariners won back-to-back
games for just the second time in the last 14 games.
Pedro Florimon went a perfect 3-for-3 for the Twins, but the rest of the
lineup managed to go just 4-for-30 en route to their third shutout loss of the
season. Mike Pelfrey seemed to be avoiding trouble until the sixth inning when
he was chased from the game after giving up three runs in 5 1/3 innings of
Taking to the hill for Seattle will be veteran Aaron Harang. The season hasn't
gone particularly well for the 35-year-old hurler as he is just 2-5 with an
ERA that has ballooned to 6.51 in his seven starts on the season.
Part of the issue for Harang has been his struggles in giving up too many home
runs. This season Harang has been taken deep eight times which has him well on
his way to eclipsing his total (14) from a year ago.
Harang did show signs of life in his most recent start and that is an
understatement. The right-hander tossed a complete-game shutout while striking
out a season-high eight batters during a 9-0 win this past week over San
Diego. The complete game was the first for Harang since 2009 and the 14th of
In the nine of the first 11 seasons of his career Harang pitched in the
National League so his experience against American League squads is rather
limited. That is especially true against Minnesota which Harang has faced just
twice with an ERA of 3.00 in 10 2/3 innings. In fact the Twins are the only
team in the majors Harang does not have a decision against.
Opposing Harang will be another starter who has spent the bulk of his career
in the National League; Kevin Correia.
Correia spent the past two seasons with Pittsburgh before heading north to
Minnesota for this season. On the campaign Correia is 5-4 with an ERA just
south of 4.00 over 63 2/3 innings of work. Correia isn't a pitcher that will
blow the ball by batters, with just 26 strikeouts, but his 10 walks are rather
Coming into May Correia had an ERA of 2.23 but some rocky starts in May
elevated his ERA. His most recent outing earned him a quality start (seven
innings, three runs) but his ERA rose yet again after the appearance to its
current level, the highest it has been all season.
Correia has made three appearances, two of which were starts, in his career
against Seattle. In that time he has an 0-1 record with an ERA of 4.30 in 14
2/3 innings of work.
A year ago Seattle took eight of 10 meetings with the Twins after also winning
the season series in 2011.
06/01 10:25:34 ET