MINNEAPOLIS -- Last time out against the Royals, Twins starter Kevin Correia lasted just two innings. The right-hander was knocked around on Aug. 5 in a rout at the hand of Kansas City in one of his shortest outings of the year.
Three weeks later, Correia was tasked with matching Royals starter James Shields for much of the game. He did just that, pitching seven scoreless innings. After Correia's exit, however, Minnesota's bullpen imploded and Kansas City walked away with a 6-1 win in the series opener at Target Field.
For Correia, the strong start continued an upward trend since that two-inning loss to the Royals early this month. In his next four starts including Tuesday, Correia has gone at least 6 23 innings in each and posted a 1.92 ERA in those four combined outings. That includes two seven-inning scoreless efforts.
"My last start (against the Royals), I think I gave up six runs and only threw two innings. That kind of skews the numbers," Correia said after Tuesday's loss. ...