Twins right-hander Phil Hughes and Padres right-hander Tyson Ross have both been on a roll recently, and will look to keep it going Wednesday, when the two square off at Petco Park in the final game of a two-game set between the two clubs.
Hughes has turned in five straight quality starts, going 4-0 with a 1.95 ERA over that stretch to improve to 4-1 with a 3.61 ERA on the season.
He was solid again in his last start against the Red Sox on Thursday, giving up just one run on five hits over six innings with eight strikeouts but was saddled with a no-decision after closer Glen Perkins blew a two-run lead in the ninth inning of an eventual win in extra innings for the Twins.
Hughes also hasn't walked a batter in more than a month, as the last free pass he issued came on April 20.
"I try to stay hard inside and expand away when I can," Hughes said. "Just make sure to throw a lot of strikes and avoid the middle of the plate."
Ross, meanwhile, has worked six or more innings in six of his past seven starts, including seven or more innings in five of those. Over that span, he's gone 6-1 with a 2.47 ERA with 44 strikeouts and 14 walks.
He was impressive again Thursday against the Reds in Game 2 of a doubleheader, as he surrendered just one run on three hits and five walks over seven innings.
"Two walks in the first generated their run, but after that Tyson settled in, had good life on the fastball and a good, hard slider," Padres manager Bud Black said. "He made pitches. He made some good hitters look a little bit uncomfortable."
Twins: Herrmann joins Twins in San Diego
Outfielder/catcher Chris Herrmann officially joined the Twins at Petco Park on Tuesday after being recalled from Triple-A Rochester after Sunday's game against the Mariners.
He was called up to give the Twins an extra bat on the bench, as Twins manager Ron Gardenhire wanted to trim his staff to 12 pitchers for their five-game Interleague trip through San Diego and San Francisco.
"Bringing him up as a guy who can catch a little bit allows me to use [backup catcher Josmil] Pinto in a pinch-hitting role or even Herrmann," Gardenhire said. "It gives me another catcher on the bench to protect us. And we all know about the double switches we have here and hitting for the pitcher."
Padres: Quentin expected to avoid DL
Carlos Quentin was activated from the 15-day disabled list last week in Cincinnati but has yet to make a start at home for the Padres this season. He tweaked his right groin in Colorado over the weekend but the Padres are hopeful he'll avoid the DL.
"We're trying to keep him off of the disabled list," Black said. "Hopefully, this is just a couple of days off from starting. Maybe use him in a pinch-hitting role for the next few days."
• The Twins are playing at Petco Park for just the second time in their history, as they last played there in 2008. The Twins swept that three-game series in San Diego.
• Padres right-hander Andrew Cashner is expected to avoid Tommy John surgery, as an MRI exam taken on his right elbow revealed only inflammation. He's expected to need rest and rehab before he returns to the rotation.
• Twins second baseman Brian Dozier extended his hit streak to a season-high 10 games with a single in the third inning against the Padres on Tuesday. It ties a career-high for Dozier, who also had a 10-game hit streak last season.