Carlos Silva is enjoying pitching in the American League.
Silva, acquired by Minnesota as part of the offseason deal for that sent left-hander Eric Milton to Philadelphia, made all but one of his 130 appearances out of the bullpen for the Phillies the previous two seasons.
It hasn’t taken him long to adapt to his new role, winning four consecutive starts, including Friday’s 6-3 victory over Anaheim. The 25-year-old Venezuelan yielded two earned runs and seven hits over a career-high 7 1-3 innings, striking out three and walking two.
“I keep learning; this is a learning year,” said Silva. “I’m starting to feel more comfortable on the mound, and I’m going longer every game.”
Since failing to pick up a decision in his first start of the year, Silva has clearly been Minnesota’s most consistent starter.
“He threw fantastic,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said of Silva. “He had great movement on his fastball. It’s still early, but we like the way he attacks the strike zone, and we love the way he competes.”
The Twins will be looking to bounce back after dropping the series opener, 4-3 in 16 innings Tuesday.
The loss prevented Twins manager Ron Gardenhire, ejected from the game in the first inning, from getting his 200th career win as Minnesota’s manager.