American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Tuesday, September 3rd
(All times Eastern)
Minnesota Twins (60-76) at Houston Astros (45-92), 8:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Minnesota - Pedro Hernandez (3-1, 5.54)
Houston - Jarred Cosart (1-1, 1.59)
(Sports Network) - Rookie right-hander Jarred Cosart tries again to pick up
his second career victory on Tuesday night when the Houston Astros host the
Minnesota Twins in the second test of a three-game series at Minute Maid Park.
The 23-year-old made a scintillating big league debut on July 12 against Tampa
Bay, where he pitched eight innings of scoreless two-hit ball while earning a
He allowed two runs or fewer in each of his next five starts, but failed to
pick up a victory as Houston went just 2-3 in those outings while scoring a
combined 16 runs.
Cosart was touched for three runs for the first time in dropping a 4-2
decision at Texas on Aug. 20, and gave up one run on seven hits in six innings
in a no-decision as the Astros fell, 6-1, at the Chicago White Sox on Aug. 28.
Overall, his earned run average stands at 1.59 and he's allowed 39 hits and
nine earned runs in 51 innings.
He tossed seven innings of five-hit, one-run ball in a lone meeting with the
Twins on Aug. 2 in Minnesota, getting a no-decision in a game Houston lost,
For the Twins, second-year lefty Pedro Hernandez faces the Astros for the
first time in his eighth start of the season and ninth of his career.
The 24-year-old was a 5-3 winner at Cleveland in his most recent outing on
June 23 at Cleveland, where he allowed two runs on three hits in five innings
He returns to the majors to take the rotation slot of Samuel Deduno, who's
shelved with a shoulder injury.
Hernandez was signed by the San Diego Padres as an amateur free agent in 2006
before going to the Chicago White Sox via trade in 2011 and to Minnesota a
year later via another trade.
On Monday, Chris Colabello slugged two home runs, including his first career
grand slam in the ninth inning, to lift the Twins to a 10-6 come-from-behind
win over the Astros.
Tied at 6-6 heading into the final frame, the Twins loaded the bases off Chia-
Jen Lo (0-3) on an infield single from Brian Dozier and Doug Bernier and Chris
Herrmann walks, leading to Colabello's blast over the wall in right.
Trevor Plouffe and Dozier each homered for Minnesota, with the former picking
up three hits and a walk in four plate appearances.
Josh Roenicke (3-1) earned the win with two scoreless innings of relief. Jose
Altuve went 4-for-5 despite the loss, which gives Houston six in its last
The Twins swept a three-game series with the Astros in Minnesota from Aug. 2-4
and held a 14-9 lead in the all-time series between the teams entering the
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