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Game 21: Rangers at Twins

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TWINS GO TWINS.

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First Pitch: 1:10pm CDT

TV: FS-N

Radio: K-TWIN, TIBN, BOB FM

Know Thine Enemy: Lone Star Ball

Rangers: Kinsler (2B), Andrus (SS), Berkman (DH), Beltre (3B), Pierzynski (C), Cruz (RF), Murphy (LF), Moreland (1B), Martin (CF)

Twins: Dozier (2B), Mauer (C), Willingham (DH), Morneau (1B), Parmelee (RF), Arcia (LF), Hicks (CF), Escobar (SS), Carroll (3B)


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2013 - Kevin Correia 2-1 4 4 0 0 0 0 28.1 28 9 9 2 4 13 2.86 1.13

In March and April, for his career, Correia has posted a 3.98 ERA in 194.2 innings. In September and October his career ERA is 3.72. Between those cooler months he has posted career ERAs of 4.50, 4.48, 5.57, and 4.62. His April ERA in 2012 was 2.42. If he's looking to buffer his career model for the rest of the season, this is his final April start in which to do so.

We all would love Correia to buck his career trend and remain a sub-3.00 ERA pitcher all season. Hell, we'd probably settle for sub-4.50. Here's hoping for another seven innings and no more than three runs, because that's what he's been acclimatizing us to.


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2013 - Alexi Ogando 2-1 5 5 0 0 0 0 26.0 24 11 9 3 10 24 3.12 1.31

The Rangers haven't had nearly as many games postponed due to awful April conditions, and as a result this already is Ogando's sixth start of the year. He's been effective, but as he's been thrown back into the rotation after a full season as a reliever it's not a surprise to see him log shorter outings. He did go seven his last time out though, so if he can be efficient against the Twins we should expect the same.

Ogando can be rattled. We've seen it before. If he catches too much of the plate and the Twins stay aggressive, we could be looking at another series win over one of the American League's best teams.