Texas Rangers vs. Minnesota Twins
The Texas Rangers and the Minnesota Twins meet for game three of their four game series in Arlington. The Rangers are -205 favorites over the Twins with an over/under run total set at 9.5.
The Texas Rangers had the lead late and looked headed towards their second in a row over the Twins in this series but they couldn’t hold on as they dropped the game evening the series at a game each. Yorvit Torreabla had three hits including a three run home run, Nelson Cruz had three hits, two RBI’s, and scored twice, and Mitch Moreland and Chris Davis each had two hits as part of 13 hits and eight runs for the Rangers offense. On the mound C.J. Wilson allowed seven hits and six runs, five of them earned as he lasted just four innings and didn’t factor in the decision but it was Neftali Feliz who allowed three hits and two earned runs while retiring just one batter to blow the save for the fifth time this year and take his second loss. For Wednesday’s game Texas looks to bounce back as they start Colby Lewis who has won his last five decisions. For the season Lewis has allowed 113 hits and 56 earned runs while striking out 109 in 128.1 innings of work.
The Minnesota Twins grinded on Tuesday and were rewarded with a come from behind win at the A.L. West leaders. Ben Revere, Michael Cuddyer, and Delmon Young all had two hits each as the Twins converted 13 hits into nine runs and a win. On the mound Carl Pavano allowed nine hits and eight earned runs over five innings to not get a decision as Glen Perkins got his third win and Joe Nathan earned his eighth save. For Wednesday’s game Minnestoa starts Brian Duensing who was roughed up against Detroit in his last start. For the season Duensing has allowed 125 hits and 57 earned runs while striking out 79 in 113.1 innings of work.
Texas is 10-2 in their last 12 home games, 13-4 in their last 17 games against a team with a losing record, and 3-7 in Lewis’ last 10 starts in game three of a series. Minnesota is 5-2 in game three of a series, 1-6 in their last seven road games against a team with a winning record, and 1-6 in Duensing’s last seven road starts. Minnesota is 8-2 in the last 10 meetings of these two.
Texas won’t forget Tuesday’s loss anytime soon and look for them to seal the deal this time around. Take Texas minus the 205.
Texas Rangers -205 Minnesota Twins