Series Preview: Pirates vs. Twins

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Minnesota Twins

June 19, 2012 7:05 pm
June 20, 2012 7:05 pm
June 21, 2012 7:05 pm

PNC Park

Probable Pitchers
Kevin Correia (2-6, 4.43 ERA) vs. Scott Diamond (5-2, 2.13 ERA)
Erik Bedard (4-7, 4.36 ERA) vs. Francisco Liriano (1-7, 6.24 ERA)
James McDonald (5-3, 2.32 ERA) vs. Liam Hendriks (0-3, 7.83 ERA)

Series Notes
Minnesota comes to town for an Interleague Series with record of 26-39, eight games back in the AL Central… The Pirates sit in second place of the NL Central with a record of 34-31, three and a half games behind the division-leading Cincinnati Reds… Kevin Correia gave up a season-high 10 hits last time out; he’s 1-1 with a 4.86 ERA in his last three starts… Scott Diamond surrendered four runs on five hits over six innings on Thursday against Philadelphia; he’s 2-1 with a 1.89 ERA in his last three games… Erik Bedard has a 2.45 ERA at home this season; he’s 2-5 with a 4.13 ERA in 12 career starts against the Twins… Francisco Liriano gave up just one hit (a Ryan Braun three-run homer) in six innings against the Brewers on Friday; he’s 0-2 with a 4.08 ERA in his last three outings… James McDonald has allowed four homers in 81 1/3 innings, compared to 24 a year ago in 171 innings… Liam Hendriks is 0-3 with an 11.81 ERA in his last three games… Former Pirate/current Twin Ryan Doumit led the NL in batting average in September when he hit .404… Minnesota had the worst run differential in the majors last year at -185… The Pirates have won four straight and eight of their last nine at PNC Park… There are no PNC promotions for this series.

Go Bucs


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