Jeremy Bonderman will be back in the big leagues for the first time in three years.
Bonderman, perhaps best remembered for being mentioned in Michael Lewis' 'Moneyball' than for his work on the mound, was drafted by Oakland before spending his entire career to this point with Detroit between 2003-10.
The right-hander is 67-77 with a 4.89 ERA in a career that consists of 193 starts among 207 appearances. He was signed to a minor-league deal this offseason, and went 2-4 with a 4.52 ERA in 11 starts at Triple-A Tacoma after undergoing Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery last year.
"He's under control, but you can tell he's excited to be here," manager Eric Wedge told the Mariners' official website. "For a 30-year-old, he's been through so much. He's worked so hard to get back here, that's been evident here for the last year. So, good for him. He deserves the opportunity."
The only Minnesota hitters with more than three at-bats against Bonderman are Justin Morneau (7 for 29) and Joe Mauer (8 for 27). Morneau, however, was held out of Saturday's 5-4 victory due to the flu and is expected to sit again Sunday.
Bonderman is taking the spot in the rotation left by rookie Brandon Maurer , who was sent to the minors after allowing six runs over 5 2-3 innings in his fourth straight loss, 6-1 to San Diego on Tuesday.
Morse is expected to miss a fifth straight game Sunday with a strained quadriceps muscle and Smoak was put on the 15-day disabled list prior to the finale because of an oblique strain on his right side.
The Mariners will face starter Scott Diamond (3-4, 5.22 ERA), who may not be too tough. The left-hander is 0-2 with an 8.41 ERA in his last four outings, surrendering four runs over 4 2-3 innings Tuesday in a 6-5, 14-inning victory at Milwaukee.
He went 0-1 with a 4.61 ERA in two starts against Seattle last year, with Brendan Ryan going 5 for 6 with two doubles against him.
Minnesota (24-29) won for the fifth time in six games Saturday by rallying for three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning capped by Ryan Doumit 's two-run triple off closer Tom Wilhelmsen . The Twins won for the fourth time in their last 16 meetings with the Mariners.
Doumit went 3 for 5 to raise his batting average 12 points to .230. He's 6 for 16 with a homer, triple, two doubles and six RBIs in the last four games."Some guys get up there to try to get on base. Some guys get up there to try to do some damage. I was hitting cleanup today. I was up there to do some damage," Doumit said.
Jason Bay homered twice for Seattle, giving him four over his last five games.
|June 01, 2013||Jesus Montero||Day-to-Day||Torn left meniscus|
|May 16, 2013||Aaron Harang||Day-to-Day||Lower back stiffness|
|April 23, 2013||Franklin Gutierrez||15-Day DL||Strained right hamstring|
|April 22, 2013||Franklin Gutierrez||Day-to-Day||Torn right hamstring|
|April 15, 2013||Stephen Pryor||60-Day DL||Torn right lat muscle|
|April 12, 2013||Michael Morse||Day-to-Day||Fractured finger|
|May 29, 2013||Trevor Plouffe||15-Day DL||Strained left calf|
|May 26, 2013||Wilkin Ramirez||7-Day DL||Head injury|
|May 23, 2013||Pedro Florimon||Day-to-Day||Left game - sprained right index finger|
|May 22, 2013||Trevor Plouffe||7-Day DL||Concussion|
|May 22, 2013||Trevor Plouffe||7-Day DL||Concussion|
|April 16, 2013||Wilkin Ramirez||Day-to-Day||Back contusion|
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Twins have rediscovered the grit they generally lacked while losing a combined 195 games in 2011 and 2012.
Scott Diamond pitched six shutout innings and Josh Willingham hit one of Minnesota's four home runs as the Twins beat the Seattle Mariners 10-0 Sunday, their seventh victory in nine games since dropping 10 straight in mid-May. In the last of those losses, the Twins were one-hit by Anibal Sanchez in a 6-0 loss at Detroit.
Only Joe Mauer 's one-out single in the ninth saved the Twins from being no-hit in that May 24 loss, the kind that could have crushed a rebuilding team's spirit.
"Everybody was like, `We've got to do something, something to stop the bleeding,"' said infielder Brian Dozier , who went 3 for 4 with a homer and two RBIs Sunday as the Twins won a three-game series.
Though still four games under .500 and fourth in the American League Central, the Twins at least have shown some resilience and given fans a reason to keep paying attention. And now they head into a six-game road trip through Kansas City and Washington believing they could return with a winning record.
"We could come back above .500, but our goal is well above that," Dozier said. "We've got a good team."
Dozier, Willingham, Chris Herrmann and Ryan Doumit each homered for the Twins, who also hit four homers in an 8-6 victory over Milwaukee last Thursday. Jeremy Bonderman (0-1) gave up three of them, hit hard in his first major league start since Oct. 1, 2010, with Detroit.
Diamond (4-4) won his first decision since throwing seven scoreless innings May 7 at Boston, a string of four starts. He gave up three first-inning hits but was nearly flawless afterward, allowing only two base runners - a single and a walk - and facing one batter over the minimum. He struck out three.
Bonderman struck out leadoff hitter Eduardo Escobar as part of a 1-2-3 first inning. From there it was all downhill, starting with Ryan Doumit 's opposite-field homer to left to start the second. Bonderman was pulled after Chris Herrmann 's sharp two-out single in the fifth, an inning that started with a walk to Joe Mauer and home run by Josh Willingham that put the Twins up 7-0.
"It was a lot of fun to walk out there and get back on the field," Bonderman said. "It's fun to be out there, but you got to pitch better than that."
Bonderman was charged with seven earned runs on nine hits, three of them home runs, and a walk in 4 2-3 innings. He threw 87 pitches, 53 for strikes. Sidelined by shoulder (2011) and elbow (2012) injuries before signing a minor league deal with Seattle on Jan. 9, he had made 11 starts at Triple-A Tacoma, going 2-4 with a 4.52 ERA before Sunday.
It was the seventh time this season Seattle has allowed an opponent to score in double digits.
Herrmann, a rookie catcher called up from Triple-A Rochester on May 27, went 2 for 3 with an RBI and run scored and his first major league home run. Dozier was 3 for 4 with a run-scoring double and solo home run in the seventh.
"It's a dream come true," said Herrmann, who already had the home run ball in his locker. "Everybody dreams of hitting a major league home run."
NOTES: The Mariners made a pair of roster moves to clear space on the 40-man roster for Bonderman, placing Justin Smoak (right oblique) on the 15-day disabled list and designating minor leaguer Vinnie Catricala, who was at Double-A Jackson, for assignment. ... The Twins optioned infielder Chris Colabello to Triple-A Rochester after the game. The team will make a corresponding roster move before Tuesday night's game at Kansas City. ... Twins 1B Justin Morneau missed his second straight game because of the stomach flu. ... Seattle OF/IF Michael Morse missed his fourth straight game since leaving in the fifth inning May 29 at San Diego with a right quad strain. ..."I `m hoping to get him out at first base early to midweek," manager Eric Wedge said. "Start out there first, then go back to the outfield."