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Minnesota Twins vs. Texas Rangers - 8/13/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Texas Rangers (55-56) at Minnesota Twins (55-56)

MLB Baseball: Thursday, August 13, 2015 at 1:10 pm (Target Field)

C Hamels (6-8) (3.86) vs. E Santana (2-3) (5.40)

The Line: Minnesota Twins -130 / Texas Rangers +120 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FS-North

The Minnesota Twins shoot for another win against the Texas Rangers in Thursday action.

The Texas Ranger have been in a bit of a slide the past week and can’t let it turn in to a full blown slump. The Rangers funk continued in an 11-1 loss at Target Field on Wednesday with neither the arms or bats having success. Starter Nicholas Martinez was charged with seven runs (four earned) on eleven hits including three homers over 3.2 frames with Anthony Bass allowing four more in three innings. The bats logged five hits with Prince Fielder singling in Delino DeShields Jr. Rookie Chi Chi Gonzalez takes the hill against Minnesota for the first time on Thursday. Rodriguez comes off of an 8-2 defeat to the Angels with six runs allowed on five hits in only 1.2 frames.

Minnesota Twins vs. Texas Rangers - 8/13/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Minnesota Twins are trying to snap out of a two week funk and get back on track in the Wild Card race. The Twins have won consecutive contests for the first time in weeks and hope this is just the start of a long hot streak. Starter Mike Pelfrey did throw his occasional gem with the lone run scored on just four hits through seven frames. The bats racked up 18 hits with Aaron Hicks going deep and driving in two with four runs while Miguel Sano homered twice and knocked in six as every starter but one recorded a hit. Ervin Santana hopes to return to consistency when he opposes the Rangers on Thursday. Santana was hit hard in a 17-4 loss at Cleveland with eight runs scored on ten hits in only 2.1 innings.

The under is 6-1-2 in the Rangers last 9 Thursday games. Minnesota are 2-7 in their last 9 overall and  are 8-3 in their last 11 Thursday games while the over is 9-4 in their last 13 on grass. The under is 23-6-1 in the last 30 meetings. Neither hurler has been consistent lately so who knows what we’ll see…

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