Matchup: Travis Blackley vs. Kevin Correia
Blackley (2-1, 4.80): Blackley starts and the Rangers win ... That's something that Texas can live with, especially with its bad luck when Yu Darvish pitches ... The Rangers are 2-0 when Blackley takes the mound since being acquired from the Houston Astros ... Blackley has allowed five runs in 10 innings ... He allowed three runs in six innings on Monday as the Rangers beat Seattle 8-3 ... Keep an eye on Blackley's pitch count after it increased from 66 to 71 pitches in his two starts ... He said Saturday that he can throw 90 pitches if he has economical innings ... Blackley has a 1.54 ERA in 11 2/3 innings against the Twins.
Correia (8-10, 4.32): Correia didn't get a decision on Tuesday despite throwing seven scoreless innings and allowing six hits against Kansas City ... He'll make his third career start against the Rangers ... Correia is 2-0 with a 1.76 ERA in two starts versus Texas ... He pitched eight scoreless innings and allowed six hits in a 5-0 Twins victory on April 4 at Target Field ... Correia signed as a free agent with Minnesota on Dec. 13, 2012 ... The Twins are 11-15 for Correia's starts ... Minnesota averages 3.67 runs in support for the right-hander's starts.
Hitters: Trevor Plouffe is 2-for-6 with a home run against Blackley. Adrian Beltre is 4-for-14 with 2 HRs and 2 RBIs against Correia.
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