(Sports Network) - Lefty Jonathon Niese gets his second career crack at the
Minnesota Twins on Friday when the New York Mets visit Target Field to open a
three-game weekend interleague series.
Niese was a 6-0 winner when the teams met on June 27, 2010 in New York after
tossing six innings of four-hit ball with three walks and five strikeouts.
He went on to win nine games that season in 30 starts and has subsequently won
11 and 13 games across 57 appearances in two seasons as a full-time member of
the Mets' rotation.
Niese's 2013 debut resulted in an 11-2 defeat of the San Diego Padres on April
1, and he returned five days later to toss six innings of two-run ball while
getting a no-decision in New York's 7-3 defeat of Miami.
For his career, the 26-year-old is 19-13 in 45 road outings with a 4.14 earned
The Twins counter with right-hander Vance Worley, who'll face the Mets for the
10th time after beginning his career alongside them in the National League's
East Division with the Philadelphia Phillies.
Worley made 53 appearances for Philadelphia through the end of 2012 before
heading to Minnesota in a trade that sent outfielder Ben Revere to the
He was 3-3 with a 5.17 ERA in 38 1/3 career innings against the Mets over nine
appearances - seven starts - while allowing 52 hits, striking out 35 batters
and permitting an opposition average of .329.
Worley's picked up a loss and a no-decision in his first two outings with
Minnesota while combining to allow 18 hits and eight runs in 11 innings.
On Wednesday in Philadelphia, Chase Utley had a two-run homer and Domonic
Brown's three-run shot capped a big first inning, as the Phillies outlasted
the Mets, 7-3, to take the rubber match of a three-game set at Citizens Bank
For the second straight night, the Mets only got three innings of work out of
their starter. Jeremy Hefner (0-2) was tagged for five runs on six hits with
three walks as New York dropped a second straight game.
"In a lineup that can hit homers, you can't make a lot of mistakes, and we
made them the last two nights," Mets managers Terry Collins said.
Lucas Duda had three hits and hit two solo homers and John Buck had a solo
shot as well for New York, while Jordany Valdespin had three hits.
Minnesota enters this series on the heels of getting swept by the Kansas City
Royals, culminating with a 3-0 loss on Wednesday. Joe Mauer and Chris Parmelee
each had two hits apiece in the loss for the Twins, who have lost four of six.
Liam Hendriks (0-1) picked up the loss despite allowing just one run in five
innings while striking out four. He is now just 1-11 in his brief MLB career.
The Mets won two of three games the last time the teams played in 2010. The
Twins lead the all-time series, 7-5.
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