Minnesota (77-60) at Baltimore (64-72)

  • Game info: 7:05 pm EDT Tue Sep 7, 2004
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The long-time ace of the Minnesota Twins’ staff, Brad Radke is now satisfied with being part of a devastating one-two punch for the AL Central leaders.

He’ll be on the mound when the Twins continue a three-game series with the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards.

Boasting the team’s second-best ERA at 3.59 behind AL Cy Young Award candidate Johan Santana, Radke will try to erase any idea of a sweep following the Twins’ 4-1 loss in the series opener Monday.

Santana, who has won nine straight decisions, will close out the series Wednesday.

“If you’ve got two starters like we do with Santana and Radke, this is what it’s all about,” Twins catcher Henry Blanco said. “You can throw those guys and you are guaranteed two wins. They dominate people. They know what they’re doing out there and you know what the result will be every time they’re out there.”

Radke has won five of his last six decisions, allowing two runs or fewer in the wins, including a 2-0 victory over Texas on Thursday. The veteran right-hander pitched eight innings of five-hit ball and struck out a season-high nine.

“He’s just pitched like that, that’s been Radke,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. “He’s pitched so well this year for us, night in and night out, and we haven’t done much for him.”

Monday’s loss was Minnesota’s second in a row after winning five straight. The Twins have a 7 1/2 -game lead over the Chicago White Sox atop the division.

The Orioles have won seven of their last eight. Melvin Mora and Jose Leon drove in two runs apiece in Monday’s win.

Mora has a homer and 11 RBIs in his last eight games.

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Starting Pitchers

B. Radke MIN vs. M. Riley SD
11-8 Record 3-4
3.48 ERA 5.63
143 K 60
26 BB 44
1.16 WHIP 1.63