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Texas Rangers vs. Minnesota Twins Free Pick 8/31/13

Minnesota Twins (58-75) at Texas Rangers (78-56)

MLB Baseball: Saturday, August 31, 2013 at 8:05 pm (Rangers Ballpark)

Michael Pelfrey (R) (5-10) (5.058) vs. Matt Garza (R) (9-3) (3.685)

The Line: Texas Rangers -260 / Minnesota Twins +240 --- Over/Under: 9.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FS-North, FS-Southwest

The Texas Rangers and the Minnesota Twins face-off on Saturday for game two of their series.

The Texas Rangers were heavily favored to beat the Twins on Friday, but instead of a win they were just reminded there is a reason they play the games. Jurickson Profar hit a home run and Ian Kisler and Alex Rios had hits as the Rangers scored two runs on six hits. Starting pitcher Yu Darvih allowed three hits and three runs, while striking out 11 over 6.2 innings to take the loss and fall to 12-6 on the year. For Saturday’s game, the Rangers start Mat Garza, who is coming off of a loss in his last start. For the season, Garza has allowed 48 hits and 24 earned runs, while striking out 44 over 48.2 innings for a 3-2 record and 4.44 ERA.

Texas Rangers vs. Minnesota Twins Free Pick 8/31/13

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The Minnesota Twins are still looking for answers, but they found at least some of them on Friday as they beat the Rangers. Chris Hermann and Justin Morneau each hit home runs and Josh Willingham had a hit, as the Twins scored three runs on six hits. Starting pitcher Liam Hendriks allowed five hits and two runs over 6.0 innings to get the win and go to 1-2 on the season and Glen Perkins earned his 31st save. For Saturday’s game, the Twins start Mike Pelfrey, who has two no decisions and a win in his last three starts. For the season, Pelfrey has allowed 149 hits and 71 earned runs, while striking out 74 over 126.1 innings for a 5-10 record and a 5.06 ERA.

Texas is 22-7 in their last 29 games, 17-6 in their last 23 games as a favorite, and 5-1 in Garza’s last six starts as a favorite. Minnesota is 6-1 against the AL West, 1-5 in their last six games, and 1-4 in Pelfrey’s last six road starts. Minnesota is 5-11 in the last 16 meetings of these two.

The Twins got the best of it on Friday, but look for the Rangers to bounce back big in this one.

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