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Twins Vs. Rangers: Minnesota Look To Continue Roy Oswalt's Struggles

Twins pitcher Cole De Vries has been back and forth between Minnesota and the Twins' Triple-A Rochester affiliate three times already this season, but he's pitched well in his cameos with Minnesota.

De Vries (2-1, 3.91 ERA) will be making his fifth start for the Twins this season. He was sent down to Rochester after giving up just one run in six innings in a spot start last Saturday against Kansas City but was recalled Tuesday.

The Twins' Justin Morneau is hitting 13-for-37 (.351) during his current nine-game hitting streak, including a 2-for-4 performance Saturday.

Roy Oswalt likely will never be the hard-throwing righty he was with Houston, where he posted 143 wins and a 3.24 ERA across ten seasons with the Astros, but even he didn't think he would struggle like this in his age 34 season.

He allowed 11 runs against the White Sox Tuesday, and opposing hitters are batting .422 against Oswalt. However, Oswalt is striking out 8.3 per nine innings (7.1 K/9 career) and walking just 2.1 per nine (2.1 BB/9 career), so if Oswalt can limit his baserunners, he should start seeing success again.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 pm ET from Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.

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