Minnesota (34-28) at Washington (20-41)

Cloudy Currently: Montreal, QC
Temp: 34° F
  • Game info: 7:05 pm EDT Tue Jun 15, 2004
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Zach Day has been one of the Expos’ most consistent pitchers this season, but Montreal hasn’t provided him with much support.

After the Expos performance over the weekend, Day shouldn’t expect many runs on Tuesday.

The Expos will try to break out of their scoring slump when they meet the Minnesota Twins in the opener of a three-game interleague series.

Day has allowed three runs or fewer in 10 of 12 starts this season, but the Expos are averaging just 2.4 runs in those outings.

The right-hander, however, got eight runs of support in his last start when he pitched a six-hit shutout in a win over the Kansas City Royals on Thursday in the first game of a doubleheader.

The Expos went on to score seven more runs in winning the second game, but after that victory, they traveled to Seattle and scored one run in getting swept in a three-game series by the Mariners.

Montreal has a major league-worst .234 team batting average.

“We don’t know what momentum is,” Expos manager Frank Robinson said. “You hope the doubleheader sweep would carry over and you could play some good baseball, but we didn’t. There have been situations like that this year and we don’t seem to build from it. We seem to fall back into the same rut.”

On Sunday, Terrmel Sledge homered in the fifth in Montreal’s 8-1 loss to snap the Expos’ scoreless streak at 22 innings.

“There wasn’t much offense,” Robinson said. “We did nothing when we had a few men on base.”

Minnesota also had trouble hitting on Sunday.

The Twins scored 12 runs in splitting the first two games of their series with the Philadelphia Phillies, but managed just seven hits and one run on Sunday in a 2-1 loss.

Minnesota had won four straight coming into the series, and despite losing two of three, manager Ron Gardenhire is pleased that his team has moved to within one-half game of the Chicago White Sox for first place in the NL Central.

“I think we’re battling good,” Gardenhire said. “We’re in a lot of ballgames, and if we can keep playing like that, we’re going to be OK.”

Johan Santana will look to continue his dominance of NL teams when he takes the mound for Minnesota on Tuesday. The left-hander beat the New York Mets 5-3 on Wednesday to improve to 7-1 with a 2.34 ERA in 19 interleague games.

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Starting Pitchers

J. Santana Tor vs. Z. Day Min
20-6 Record 5-10
2.61 ERA 3.93
265 K 61
54 BB 45
0.92 WHIP 1.39