Just when it appeared the Angels were about to break out of their early-season malaise, they ran into the Minnesota Twins’ Scott Diamond. Making his eighth major league start, Diamond tossed seven scoreless innings on Tuesday and helped the Twins record their first shutout win this season. Even with Diamond’s victory, Twins starting pitchers have a record of 5-17, their five wins tied with Colorado for worst in the majors.
The Los Angeles Angels have won seven of their last 10 games, but their bullpen remains a concern and the offense has struggled to click. Albert Pujols broke his season-long homerless drought on Sunday, but he’s batting .190 after going 0-for-4 on Tuesday. Torii Hunter, who struck out three times Tuesday, has one hit in his last 19 at-bats. The Angels’ starting pitching has been outstanding, but its string of 13 consecutive quality starts ended Tuesday when Dan Haren gave up five runs in 3 2/3 innings.
Angels Twins Betting
When: 8:10 PM ET, Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Where: Target Field, Minneapolis, Minnesota
TV: 8:10 p.m. ET, KCOP (Los Angeles), FSN (Minnesota)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Angels RH Ervin Santana (0-6, 5.59 ERA) vs. Twins RH Carl Pavano (2-2, 4.62 ERA)
Santana is still seeking his first win despite allowing three runs with 10 strikeouts over eight innings last Friday against the Blue Jays. The Angels haven’t scored a run in any of his last five starts. Santana is 3-3 with a 4.55 ERA in nine career starts against the Twins.
Pavano pitched six innings last Friday against the Mariners, giving up two runs on eight hits with no walks and two strikeouts. Pavano, who is 4-2 with a 4.61 ERA in eight career starts against the Angels, has gone at least six innings in each of his six starts this season.
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1. Angels closer Scott Downs (knee) threw several pitches off a mound on Tuesday and expects to be available Wednesday.
2. The Twins’ Josh Willingham went 2-for-3 on Tuesday after missing Monday’s game with a skin infection.
3. Angels reliever LaTroy Hawkins could miss 4-to-6 weeks with a fractured right pinkie finger.