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Pirates Down Twins 7-2

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The Twins lost 7-2 at Pittsburgh Tuesday night to suffer their 5th loss in their last 6 games.  Denard Span hit a 2-run homerun accounting for the lone Twins’ runs.  Trevor Plouffe was 2-3 for Minnesota.  Scott Diamond allowed 8 hits and 4 earned runs in 5 1/3 innings to take the loss for the Twins.  Kevin Correia threw 5 shutout innings with 4 hits allowed to get the win for the Pirates.

The Twins are 26-40 and will play at Pittsburgh again tonight at 6:05, pregame on WJON at 5:35.  Lefthander Francisco Liriano (1-7) gets the start on the mound for the Twins and lefthander Erik Bedard (4-7) toes the rubber for Pittsburgh.

Twins catcher Joe Mauer did not play Tuesday night but was available to pinch hit.  He is suffering through a bruised right quadricep muscle.  Twins closer Matt Capps was unavailable Tuesday night with right shoulder inflammation.  The Twins are expecting him back soon.

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