(Sports Network) - Right-hander Jeremy Hellickson aims for a fifth straight
victory on Wednesday night when the red-hot Tampa Bay Rays host the Minnesota
Twins in game three of a four-game series at Tropicana Field.
A former American League rookie of the year, Hellickson was 4-3 through his
initial seven decisions of 2013 before starting the win streak on June 19 with
a 6-2 defeat of the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.
He's since added victories over Toronto, Detroit and the Chicago White Sox,
while combining to allow just four runs on 20 hits in 26 innings across the
Hellickson is 3-1 in four career starts against the Twins while posting a 4.26
earned run average in 25 1/3 innings, in which he's walked seven batters and
struck out 15.
In 10 starts this season at Tropicana Field, the Iowa native is 5-1 with a
The Twins send veteran righty Kevin Correia to the mound in search of his
first win since June 19 and the 67th of his big-league career.
He improved to 6-4 on the season in his 14th start of 2013 when he allowed two
runs in 6 2/3 innings of a 7-4 victory over the Chicago White Sox.
He's 0-2 with a no-decision in three starts since while allowing 11 runs on 22
hits in 17 innings against Miami, Kansas City and Toronto.
Correia got a no-decision in one career start against the Rays after allowing
three hits and two runs in 5 1/3 innings.
On Tuesday, Chris Archer pitched six solid innings and the Rays defeated the
Archer (3-3) allowed just one unearned run on three hits and struck out two.
He has not lost a decision since June 18 against the Red Sox. Fernando Rodney
pitched a scoreless ninth to notch his 21st save.
Matt Joyce and Kelly Johnson drove in two runs apiece for the Rays, who have
won a season-high six straight and 10 of their last 11 games.
Ryan Doumit drove in the lone run for the Twins, who have lost nine of their
last 10 games. Starter Kyle Gibson (1-2) gave up all four runs on four hits
and four walks over six frames.
The Rays won five of six games with the Twins in 2012 and have won the season
series in each of the last three years. The teams split evenly in 2008 and
2009, and Minnesota hasn't won a season series with Tampa Bay since 2006.
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