After blowing things in the series opener, the Minnesota Twins are hoping that they can fare better as they face the Texas Rangers on Friday night. The Twins were tied 4-4 entering the bottom of the eighth inning on Thursday before allowing six runs in the 10-6 defeat against Texas.
Rookie starter Sam Deduno is scheduled to make his ninth career start with the Twins on Friday. The 29-year-old has been a pleasant surprise for Minnesota so far this season, posting a 3.33 ERA over 46 innings despite a miserable 30-to-36 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
The Twins are 6-2 in Deduno's eight outings this year, though, so there's reason to be optimistic even as Matt Harrison takes the mound for the AL West-leading Rangers.