Sunday, April 28, 2013
Matchup: Alexi Ogando vs. Kevin Correia
By Todd Wills
The Rangers send right-hander Alexi Ogando to the mound Sunday against Minnesota right-hander Kevin Correia in a 1:10 p.m. start at Target Field on FSSW and ESPN-FM 103.3 and 1540-AM. The Rangers will try to win their sixth series of the season.
Ogando (2-1, 3.12): Ogando makes his sixth start of the season, the most by any Rangers pitcher ... He will try to build off a solid outing in his previous start against the Los Angeles Angels ... Ogando allowed two earned runs in seven innings for his longest start of the season ... He survived an early error by first baseman Mitch Moreland that cost him two unearned runs ... Ogando also allowed a two-run home run to Howie Kendrick in the fourth inning to fall behind 4-0 ... This is Ogando's fifth road start in 2013 ... He is 3-1 with a 3.32 ERA in his past eight road starts ... Ogando statistically is one of the Rangers' most efficient starters among pitchers with at least 250 innings with the lowest opponents on-base average at .285 ... Ogando will make his first start against the Twins, the only American League team he has never started against ... He has allowed one run in six relief innings against Minnesota with eight strikeouts and no walks ... He has 2⅔ shutout innings at Target Field.
Correia (2-1, 2.86): Correia has won two consecutive starts after beating Miami in the first game of a split day-night doubleheader Tuesday ... He allowed two runs and five hits in seven innings ... He had five strikeouts and walks ... Correia signed as a free agent with the Twins on Dec. 13, 2012 ... Correia doesn't beat him himself with four walks in 28⅓ innings ... Opponents are batting .264 against him ... Correia has pitched at least seven innings in all four of his starts ... He has made one start against the Rangers on June 27, 2009, allowing three runs on five hits in seven innings ... He had nine strikeouts to tie his career high.
Hitters: Adrian Beltre (4-for-10, 2 HRs, 2 RBIs) and Lance Berkman (3-for-11, 1 HR, 4 RBIs) have had success against Correia. The current Twins are 4-for-11 against Ogando with no home runs or RBIs.