Friday, April 15, 2016

Richards, Milone square off on Jackie Robinson Day

Twins lefty Tommy Milone matches up against Angels right-hander Garrett Richards when the two teams begin a three-game series from Target Field on Friday, with first pitch set for 8:10 p.m. ET. Friday also marks MLB's celebration of Jackie Robinson Day.
Richards has lost each of his first two starts, but he has displayed some electric stuff, striking out 13 batters in 11 2/3 innings. The 27-year-old limited the Rangers to two runs through the first six innings on Saturday, but he was charged with two additional runs in a seventh inning that saw his defense commit two key errors.
Milone was also hurt by a couple of errors in his season debut against the Royals, which saw him retire the first 10 batters in order, then give up back-to-back homers and ultimately exit having given up four runs (two earned) in 4 2/3 innings.
The Angels are off on Thursday before starting their series in Minnesota, the middle part of a three-city trip. The Twins were swept in a three-game series against the White Sox on Thursday.
Things to know
• The Angels won five of their seven games against the Twins last season, after going 7-0 against Minnesota in 2014. They've won 11 of their last 13 season series against the Twins.
• Milone gave up five runs and recorded only four outs in his only start against the Angels last year, but he posted a 2.89 ERA in three starts against them in 2014 as a member of the A's.
• Richards has a 2.66 ERA in three starts against the Twins over the last two seasons, giving up seven runs in 23 2/3 innings despite issuing 12 walks in that span.

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