American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, April 27th
(All times eastern)
Texas Rangers (16-7) at Minnesota Twins (9-10), 4:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Texas - Derek Holland (1-1, 3.25)
Minnesota - Pedro Hernandez (0-0, 3.48)
(Sports Network) - Derek Holland tries to bounce back from a rough start and
give the Texas Rangers continued success against the Minnesota Twins on
Saturday when the teams resume their four-game series at Target Field.
Holland gave up six hits and six runs in 5 2/3 innings of a no-decision
against the Angels on Monday. He's 2-2 with a 4.50 ERA in seven games against
The Rangers, who are coming off a 4-3 win in Friday's opener, beat the Twins
for the seventh time in the last eight meetings.
Justin Grimm pitched seven innings of shutout baseball. Grimm (2-0) allowed
just five hits and had four strikeouts for the Rangers, who have won the first
two of this four-game series. Joe Nathan allowed a three-run homer to Oswaldo
Arcia, but still picked up his eighth save.
Adrian Beltre smashed a solo shot while Lance Berkman, Nelson Cruz and Ian
Kinsler had an RBI apiece in the victory.
Justin Morneau had two of the eight hits for the Twins, who have lost three
straight after a five-game winning streak. Starter Scott Diamond (1-2) gave up
three runs on 12 hits over 6 1/3 innings.
Pedro Hernandez gets the mound call for the Twins. The lefty, who will take
the hill for the fifth time in his career and will make his third start, has
yet to record a major league win. He tossed one inning in relief of an 8-5
loss against Miami on Tuesday.
If the Rangers win today they'll remain unbeaten in series play in 2013. Texas
is 5-0-2 over its first seven series, the second-longest undefeated streak to
start a season in club history, only behind a 7-0-3 mark in 1998.
04/27 10:19:44 ET