Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Nola, Duffey open Phillies-Twins series

The Phillies and Twins will meet for the first time since 2013 on Tuesday night at Target Field for the opener of a three-game Interleague series.
The Twins, who snapped a five-game skid Sunday against the Yankees, will turn to right-hander Tyler Duffey on the mound. Duffey hasn't posted a quality start since May 15, when he shut out the Indians over seven innings. Since then, he has allowed four or more earned runs in six straight starts.
Right-hander Aaron Nola will start for the Phillies following two difficult outings in which he has allowed a combined 10 earned runs in 6 2/3 innings. His recent struggles have put a damper on an otherwise excellent first half in which he posted nine consecutive quality starts at one point.
Things to know about this game
• Neither pitcher has any history against his respective opponent. In Duffey's lone Interleague start, he allowed one run over four innings in a 6-5 loss to the Twins. Nola has four times crossed league lines, posting a 1-2 record with a 5.40 ERA against American League clubs.
• The Phillies begin a 10-game, three-city road trip in Minnesota after failing to win a single game on their last homestand. In six losses, the Blue Jays and D-backs outscored the Phils 42-9.
• The Twins are 13-24 at home this season compared to just 8-24 on the road.

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