Sunday, June 19, 2016

Eovaldi, Santana seek trend reversal in series finale

The month of June has not been particularly kind to either the Yankees' Nathan Eovaldi or the Twins' Ervin Santana, but the right-handers will look to buck that trend in the finale of a four-game series at Target Field on Sunday afternoon.
The Yankees, who have a 21-5 record at Target Field, will be seeking a four-game sweep after getting back to .500 with a 7-6 win on Saturday, while the Twins look to snap a five-game slide.
Santana has been pounded in all three of his June starts, going 0-3 with a 7.79 ERA and five home runs allowed. The Twins have won only one of the veteran's 12 starts this season, which came on May 14 at Cleveland.
Eovaldi hasn't fared much better, having pitched to a 9.82 ERA in his three June starts while allowing five home runs. The hard thrower has yielded five or more earned runs in each of those starts and only lasted four innings in his last outing, a 13-10 Yankees loss to the Rockies at hitter-friendly Coors Field.
Things to know about this game
• Santana is 5-9 with a 6.22 ERA in 17 career starts against the Yankees.
• Eovaldi has won both of his career starts against the Twins and has allowed five earned runs in 15 innings while striking out 13 and walking just three.
• Joe Mauer needs 11 RBIs to tie Torii Hunter for sixth on the Twins' all-time list. After that, he would need 69 more to pass Justin Morneau for fifth.

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