2016 Game 64: Twins at Angels

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Twins at Angels

Minnesota Twins (19-43, 5th AL Central) at Los Angeles Angels (27-36, 4th AL West)

Angel Stadium of Anaheim

Angel Stadium-night

Weather Forecast @ 1st Pitch: Sunny, 68F, Wind WSW 9mph

Pitching Matchup

Ricky Nolasco (2-4, 5.17 ERA)

Ricky Nolasco delivers a pitch during a game against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on May 29, 2016 (Otto Greule, Jr./Getty Images)

Ricky Nolasco delivers a pitch during a game against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on May 29, 2016 (Otto Greule, Jr./Getty Images)

After going 1-1 with a 2.63 ERA over 13 2/3 innings in his previous two starts, Nolasco had a rough go of it his last time out Wednesday against Miami. In that game he allowed 5 runs on 11 hits in just 5 2/3 innings, but he took a no-decision as the Twins came back to win the game 7-5.

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Jered Weaver (5-5, 5.56 ERA)

Jered Weaver delivers a pitch during a game against the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium on May 22, 2016 (Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)

Jered Weaver delivers a pitch during a game against the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium on May 22, 2016 (Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)

After putting together a string of 4 consecutive quality starts, Weaver ran into trouble his last time out Wednesday in New York. In that game he allowed 6 runs on 9 hits (2 home runs) in just 5 1/3 innings to take the loss in a game where the Angels got clobbered 12-6.

Game Notes

  • Nolasco and Weaver matched up earlier this season with neither factoring into the decision in a 6-4 Minnesota victory. Nolasco pitched seven innings and allowed four runs on nine hits. Weaver tossed just 4 1/3 innings, giving up four runs on eight hits.
  • Twins designated hitter/first baseman Byung Ho Park was given Sunday off as he’s hit a rough patch in his first season. Manager Paul Molitor was unsure when he would return to the lineup. Park had struck out in eight of his past 11 at-bats and Molitor said he’d get Sunday off and “see how we want to go forward.”
  • Despite getting swept by the Twins in April, the Angels have won 11 of the past 13 season series between the teams. The Angels are 13-5 in their past 18 meetings against the Twins at home.

Starting Lineups

Minnesota

  1. SS-Eduardo Nunez – .327
  2. LF-Robbie Grossman – .315
  3. 1B-Joe Mauer – .281
  4. 3B-Trevor Plouffe – .239
  5. 2B-Brian Dozier – .230
  6. DH-Byung-Ho Park – .212
  7. RF-Max Kepler – .208
  8. C-Kurt Suzuki – .230
  9. CF-Byron Buxton – .205

Angels

  1. 3B-Yunel Escobar – .312
  2. RF-Kole Calhoun – .295
  3. DH-Mike Trout – .309
  4. 1B-Albert Pujols – .232
  5. 2B-Johnny Giavotella – .254
  6. LF-Todd Cunningham – .000
  7. SS-Gregorio Petit – .272
  8. C-Carlos Perez – .194
  9. CF-Shane Robinson – .226

AL West Standings

  1. Texas: 39-24 (.619)
  2. Seattle: 34-29 (.540) – 5 GB
  3. Houston: 30-35 (.462) – 10 GB
  4. Angels: 27-36 (.429) – 12 GB
  5. Oakland: 26-36 (.419) – 12.5 GB

Other AL West Matchups

  • Texas @ Oakland – 7:05pm PT
  • Seattle – OFF
  • Houston – OFF

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