The Texas Rangers have used dominant back-to-back outings from rookie starters to take the first two of a four-game set from the Minnesota Twins, who have seen their top sluggers neutralized.
Both teams send left-handers to the mound Saturday at Target Field as Texas aims for its eighth win in nine tries while Minnesota tries to snap a three-game skid.
After a 2-1 win in the opener Thursday, Texas (16-7) followed that with a 4-3 victory Friday. While the offense produced just enough runs to scrape by both times, it was strong showings from first-year pitchers Nick Tepesch, who gave up one run in 6-23 innings Thursday, and Justin Grimm, who threw seven shutout innings Friday, leading the way.
Grimm and Tepesch are in the rotation primarily only because of injuries to Colby Lewis and Matt Harrison.
"They know they have the potential to get guys out and that's what they're doing," said Elvis Andrus, who was 2 for 5 and one of five Rangers to record a double. "We trust in every guy ...