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Seattle Mariners vs. Minnesota Twins Pick & Prediction APR 11TH 2021

FinishedTV: Root Sports | Bally Sports NetworkTarget Field Minneapolis

973Seattle Mariners
974Minnesota Twins

OP
8.5
-175
CU
8.5o -122
-1.5 +105
ML
167
-177
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1 0 3 0 2 0 0 0 0
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Seattle Mariners vs. Minnesota Twins Recap APR 11TH 2021

Nelson Cruz homered and drove in three runs and C.J. Cron added a two-run blast to lead the Minnesota Twins to a 10-5 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Thursday afternoon in Minneapolis.

Cruz finished 3-for-4 with a walk and scored two runs, and Ehire Adrianza went 3-for-5 and scored a run as Minnesota improved to 18-4 following a loss this season.

Jorge Polanco went 2-for-6 with an RBI and two runs scored to extend his hitting streak to 14 games, and Marwin Gonzalez and Jonathan Schoop also had two hits for the Twins, who improved to 21-10 at home.

Right-hander Ryne Harper (2-0) picked up the victory in relief of Michael Pineda, who allowed just one run and two hits over 5 2/3 innings while striking out four.

Right-hander Brandon Brennan (2-6), the second Mariners' pitcher, took the loss as Seattle which lost for the 11th time in its last 12 games following a win.

Daniel Vogelbach went 2-for-4 with a walk and an RBI, Kyle Seager went 2-for-5 with a double and RBI, and Dylan Moore had a two-run double for the Mariners.

Cruz gave Minnesota a 1-0 lead in the third with his 12th homer of the season and fifth in seven games since returning from the injured list with a wrist injury, lining a pitch from left-hander Yusei Kikuchi pitch into the left field bleachers.

Seattle tied it in the sixth when Seager blooped a two-out single to right, advanced to second on a walk to Domingo Santana and scored on Vogelbach's line single to the gap in right-center.

Minnesota then parlayed four singles, two walks and a hit batter into six runs and a 7-1 lead in the bottom of the sixth, highlighted by two-run singles from Cruz and Max Kepler.

The Twins made it 10-1 in the seventh with an RBI single by Polanco, driving in Byron Buxton, who had walked and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Cron followed with his 15th home run of the season, a 396-foot line drive off the facing of the second deck in left.

The Mariners cut it to 10-3 in the eighth on Seager's RBI double and a wild pitch by Twins reliever Fernando Romero.

Moore ended the scoring with a two-out, two-run double off the left field fence in the ninth.

--Field Level Media

Right-hander Matt Shoemaker will make his Target Field debut as a member of the Minnesota Twins on Sunday afternoon as the American League Central leaders go for their third straight series victory to start the season against the Seattle Mariners in Minneapolis.

Minnesota took two of three at both Milwaukee and Detroit to open the season and then won Thursday's home opener with Seattle, 10-2. But the Mariners evened the series with a 4-3 victory in 10 innings on Saturday afternoon with Mitch Haniger, who homered earlier, driving in the winning run with a sacrifice fly.

That dropped the Twins to 0-3 in extra-inning games this season. Minnesota is 5-0 in regulation contests.

"I think we're going to be just fine," Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said when asked if he was concerned with his team's extra-inning woes. "When you end up in these extra-inning-type situations, it takes a big swing, it takes a play to be made or not made, and literally that becomes the difference in the game. The game we're used to playing does change, and we have to adapt to that. ... It comes down to making plays.

"I think we're going to win a bunch of extra-inning games this year," Baldelli added. "We have winning players. We have guys who know what they're doing and will make it happen."

Shoemaker (1-0, 1.50) signed a one-year, $2 million free-agent contract with Minnesota on Feb. 15 and is 4-5 with a 4.42 ERA in 15 career games and 13 starts against Seattle. He received plenty of support in his first start in a Twins uniform on Monday afternoon at Detroit as Nelson Cruz hit two homers and drove in five runs to highlight a 14-hit attack in a 15-6 victory. Shoemaker allowed just three hits and one run, a solo homer by Wilson Ramos, in six innings while striking out five.

Seattle will counter with right-hander Chris Flexen (1-0, 0.00), who pitched five shutout innings in his Mariners debut, a 4-0 victory over the visiting San Francisco Giants on April 3.

Flexen allowed just four hits and walked two while striking out six. It was the first major-league win since 2017 for the former New York Mets prospect, who revitalized his career last season with the Doosan Bears in the Korean Baseball Organization, where he went 8-4 with a 3.01 ERA. He signed a two-year, $4.75 million contract with the Mariners in December.

"He hasn't pitched in this league for a while," Seattle manager Scott Servais said. "It's great to have him back. He's really excited. He reinvented himself, so to speak, when he went to Korea. We like how it all turned out. It's going to be a fun year."

Flexen sharpened his curveball in Korea while losing 35 pounds. He went 3-11 with an 8.07 ERA in three seasons with the Mets and has never faced the Twins.

Flexen told reporters after the April 3 victory over the Giants that he couldn't remember his last win with the Mets, which came on Aug. 23, 2017, at Citi Field over the Arizona Diamondbacks, 4-2. Dominic Smith homered and Michael Conforto went 2-for-4 with two RBIs for New York while Flexen allowed two runs on six hits over six innings while striking out five.

"To be honest, I can't even tell you about my last big-league win," Flexen said. "I don't even remember it."

That changed after getting the decision last weekend.

--Field Level Media

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GAMES

Last 10

W 50% L 50%
4 4
  • @Baltimore D 0 - 0
  • @Baltimore L 6 - 7
  • @Baltimore W 4 - 3
  • @Baltimore D 0 - 0
  • @Minnesota W 8 - 6
  • @Minnesota W 4 - 3
  • @Minnesota L 2 - 10
  • Chi. White Sox W 4 - 8
  • Chi. White Sox L 10 - 4
  • Chi. White Sox L 6 - 0
W 33% L 67%
3 6
  • Boston L 7 - 1
  • Boston L 3 - 2
  • Boston L 4 - 2
  • Boston D 0 - 0
  • Seattle L 8 - 6
  • Seattle L 4 - 3
  • Seattle W 2 - 10
  • @Detroit W 3 - 2
  • @Detroit L 3 - 4
  • @Detroit W 15 - 6

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Last Meetings

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  • Mariners @ Twins 4-3
  • Mariners @ Twins 2-10
  • Mariners @ Twins 5-10
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  • Mariners @ Twins 5-6
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American League

American League CentralWL PCTGBRFRA HOMEAWAY L10
Kansas City Royals64 .6000.04.94.7 4-22-26-0-4
Cleveland Indians64 .6000.04.22.6 4-12-36-0-4
Minnesota Twins56 .4551.55.43.7 1-44-25-0-5
Detroit Tigers56 .4551.53.95.3 3-32-34-0-6
Chicago White Sox56 .4551.55.04.1 2-23-45-0-5
American League EastWL PCTGBRFRA HOMEAWAY L10
Boston Red Sox83 .7270.05.94.3 3-35-08-0-2
Toronto Blue Jays66 .5002.54.53.7 3-33-35-0-5
Tampa Bay Rays56 .4553.04.15.7 3-22-44-0-6
Baltimore Orioles56 .4553.04.55.4 1-44-24-0-6
New York Yankees57 .4173.54.03.8 3-32-44-0-6
American League WestWL PCTGBRFRA HOMEAWAY L10
Los Angeles Angels75 .5830.05.15.4 4-23-36-0-4
Houston Astros65 .5450.55.54.3 1-45-15-0-5
Seattle Mariners65 .5450.54.65.6 3-33-25-0-5
Oakland Athletics57 .4172.04.06.2 1-64-15-0-5
Texas Rangers47 .3642.54.05.0 2-42-34-0-6

National League

National League CentralWL PCTGBRFRA HOMEAWAY L10
Milwaukee Brewers75 .5830.04.43.3 3-34-26-0-4
Cincinnati Reds75 .5830.06.34.7 5-12-46-0-4
St. Louis Cardinals66 .5001.05.05.3 2-44-25-0-5
Chicago Cubs57 .4172.02.74.3 3-32-44-0-6
Pittsburgh Pirates47 .3642.54.05.4 3-21-53-0-7
National League EastWL PCTGBRFRA HOMEAWAY L10
Philadelphia Phillies65 .5450.03.73.9 5-11-45-0-5
New York Mets43 .5710.03.43.6 3-11-24-0-3
Miami Marlins46 .4001.54.34.3 1-53-14-0-5
Atlanta Braves47 .3642.04.34.7 2-32-44-0-6
Washington Nationals36 .3332.03.44.8 1-22-43-0-6
National League WestWL PCTGBRFRA HOMEAWAY L10
Los Angeles Dodgers92 .8180.05.83.1 4-05-29-0-1
San Francisco Giants84 .6671.53.42.9 5-13-37-0-3
San Diego Padres84 .6671.54.12.8 4-34-16-0-4
Arizona Diamondbacks48 .3335.54.65.7 2-32-54-0-6
Colorado Rockies38 .2736.04.45.2 3-40-42-0-8

Last Injuries

Minnesota Twins

  • Andrelton Simmons

    Illness
    Out indefinitely | COVID-19 IL

    Simmons is on the COVID-19 injured list, and it is up in the air if he will return to the lineup.

  • Byron Buxton

    Hamstring
    Ques Thurs | questionable

    Buxton missed the last game due to a tight hamstring, and it is unknown if he will be available Thursday versus the Red Sox.

  • Josh Donaldson

    Hamstring
    Prob Wed | 10-day IL

    Donaldson has been designated for the 10-day injured list with a mild right hamstring strain, but it is anticipated that he will be activated prior to Wednesday's tilt with the Red Sox.

  • Nelson Cruz

    Illness
    Ques Wed | questionable

    Cruz missed the last game with an illness, and it is unknown if he will be available for Wednesday's clash with the Red Sox.

  • Edwar Colina

    Elbow
    Mid June | 60-day IL

    Colina has landed on the 60-day injured list with right elbow inflammation, and he is expected to be out until the middle of June.

  • Brent Rooker

    Neck
    Late April | 10-day IL

    Rooker has been added to the 10-day injured list with a neck injury, and he will not return to the lineup until the later parts of April.

  • Max Kepler

    Undisclosed
    Prob Sat | probable

    Kepler was lifted from the previous contest due to an undisclosed injury, but it is expected that he will be active versus the Mariners on Saturday.

  • Byron Buxton

    Illness
    Out Tues | out

    Buxton was absent from the last game due to an illness, and he will not suit up for Tuesday's tilt with the Tigers.

Seattle Mariners

  • Tyler O'Neill

    Groin
    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    O'Neill has wound up on the 10-day injured list with right groin tightness, and there is no timetable for recovery.

  • Kyle Lewis

    Knee
    Late April | 10-day IL

    Lewis has landed on the 10-day injured list with a right knee injury, and he will not be available until the latter part of April.

  • Shed Long

    Shin
    Late April | 10-day IL

    Long has wound up on the 10-day injured list while recovering from offseason shin surgery, and he will not take the field until the latter part of April.

  • Anthony Misiewicz

    Undisclosed
    Out indefinitely | COVID-19 IL

    Misiewicz is on the COVID-19 injured list, and it is up in the air if he will return to the lineup.

  • Jake Fraley

    Hamstring
    Late April | 10-day IL

    Fraley has been shifted to the 10-day injured list with a mild left hamstring strain, and it is projected that he will not return until late April.

  • James Paxton

    Elbow
    out for season | 10-day IL

    Paxton has been ticketed for the 10-day injured list after undergoing season-ending Tommy John surgery on his left elbow.

  • Evan White

    Quadricep
    Out Sun | out

    White has missed the previous two games with left quadricep strain, and he will not be available Sunday versus the Twins.