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Minnesota Twins vs. Tampa Bay Rays Free Pick - 9/13/13

Tampa Bay Rays (79-66) at Minnesota Twins (63-82)

MLB Baseball: Friday, September 13, 2013 at 8:10 pm (Target Field)

Chris Archer (R) (8-7) (3.191) vs. Kevin Correia (R) (9-11) (4.303)

The Line: Minnesota Twins +140 / Tampa Bay Rays -153 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: SunSports, FS-North

The fading Tampa Bay Rays hope to right the ship versus the Minnesota Twins.

The Rays have been slumping and it couldn't be happening at a worse time, with the American League East title slipping away and the Wild Card in doubt as well. There is time enough to make a run at the Wild Card, but the wins have to begin coming in now. Tampa Bay took a step in the right direction with a 4-3 win over the Red Sox on Thursday for just their fourth in eleven contests. Jeremy Hellickson allowed all three runs over 5.1 innings with a trio of relievers tossing shutout baseball. Desmond Jennings went deep and Wil Myers smacked a run scoring single and double to squeak out the win. The Rays need a better performance then what they received from him the last two times out when he faces Minnesota. Archer has allowed seven earned runs over 7.2 innings in consecutive defeats.

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Minnesota Twins vs. Tampa Bay Rays Free Pick - 9/13/13

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Minnesota had their hands full with the Oakland bats the past two days, as they were outscored 26-5 in consecutive defeats. The offense didn't help the situation either, but I don't know if it made a difference. The Twins dropped an 8-2 decision to the visiting Athletics on Thursday for their sixth loss in eight contests. Lefty Scott Diamond was charged with five runs (four earned) on six hits through 4.2 frames before Anthony Swarzak and Brian Duensing giving up three more. That was too much to overcome on eight hits, with Oswaldo Arcia going deep and Alex Pressley singling in another. Minnesota turns to Kevin Correia to keep visiting Tampa Bay in limbo Friday. Correia looks to bounce back from an 11-2 defeat to Toronto, where he gave up five runs on seven hits, including two homers in six innings.

Archer appears to have hit a wall, but if Tampa Bay is to have any shot at the playoffs, he has to come up big here. Having said that, I won't lay the chalk on him or this team...

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