(Sports Network) - Travis Blackley tries to make it two wins in as many starts
for the Texas Rangers on Sunday when they conclude a three-game series with
the Minnesota Twins at Target Field.
After getting a no-decision in his fist start with the Rangers since being
acquired from Houston, Blackley beat Seattle on Monday, as he held the
Mariners to a three runs and five hits in six frames.
"Blackley did a great job out there giving up six strong innings," Texas
manager Ron Washington said. "He has an idea of what he is doing out there.
He's able to change speeds, use his changeup and curveball and move his
Blackley had made 42 relief appearances for the Astros before being dealt the
Rangers on Aug. 14. Overall he is 2-1 on the year with a 4.80 ERA.
Minnesota, meanwhile, will counter with righty Kevin Correia, who was terrific
in his last start, but had nothing to show for it, despite throwing a career-
high 118 pitches. Correia held the Kansas City Royals scoreless for seven
innings, but received no run support and did not factor in the decision of his
team's 6-1 loss.
"He pitched very well," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "A strong effort by
him throwing the ball. He used all of his pitches, he had them all working for
him just like their guy did."
Correia, who is 8-10 on the year with a 4.32 ERA, is 2-0 lifetime versus the
Rangers with a 1.76 ERA in three games (2 starts) against them.
After losing Friday's opener, Texas bounced back on Saturday, as Leonys
Martin's RBI single in the bottom of the ninth lifted the AL West-leading
Rangers to a 2-1 victory.
"We put our self in a position to win, and Leonys came through," Washington
However, the Rangers, who lead the AL West by two games over Oakland, will
likely have to get by in Sunday's finale without Elvis Andrus. The shortstop's
season-long back problems resurfaced Saturday and he had to leave the game.
Minnesota, of course, was without former AL MVP Justin Morneau, who was
shipped to Pittsburgh earlier in the day on Saturday after spending the first
11-plus years of his career with the Twins.
Minnesota has split six matchups with the Rangers this season.
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