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Minnesota Twins Team Report - April 21st
From The Sports Network
(Sports Network) - Having lost six of their first nine games at the Metrodome
this season, compared to a 6-3 record on the road, the Twins are having a
tough time breaking out of the middle of the pack in the American League
On Sunday the club was beaten for the 12th straight time by the visiting New
York Yankees, 8-2. A.J. Pierzynski and Chris Gomez each had two hits in the
losing effort for the Twins.
Kyle Lohse got hit hard and gave up seven runs on 10 hits in just 4 1/3
innings for the Twins, who have lost the first three games of the four-game
set. He had given up only eight hits in his previous 21 1/3 innings coming
into the contest.
Rick Reed will head to the mound for the Twins today, trying to build upon his
first win of the year in his last outing and keeping the Yankees from gaining
their first-ever four-game sweep at the Metrodome. Reed, 1-2 with a 3.94 ERA,
allowed two runs on six hits with a walk and five strikeouts over six innings
against Detroit on Wednesday.
The 37-year-old righty is 0-4 with a 6.29 ERA in nine career starts against
the Yankees. He lost to New York earlier in the season after he allowed two
runs on six hits over four innings, before leaving with a groin injury.
With just 12 home runs, Minnesota is second to last in the league, ahead of
only Detroit which has produced five through 17 contests.
Torii Hunter may lead the team in RBI with 11, but he is still batting a
meager .172 and has struck out a team-high 15 times.
The Twins have been an all or nothing team so far in 2003, sweeping the Blue
Jays once and the Tigers twice in three-game series, while being swept by
Toronto at home and New York in the Bronx already.
04/21 11:15:14 ET
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