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COL@WSH: Matzek whiffs six over 6 1/3 innings of work

Tyler Matzek will go looking for his second career Major League win on Saturday when the Rockies host the Twins at Coors Field.

The rookie left-hander won in his first big league outing, but is 0-3 in five starts since then.

He went six innings and gave up five earned runs on eight hits against the Padres in his last start. After cruising through five, Matzek came undone in the sixth and seventh, allowing four earned runs over those two innings as the game slipped away.

Despite those struggles, Rockies manager Walt Weiss said his young starter has shown the ability to navigate tough situations.

"There's a lot to like about Tyler," Weiss said following Matzek's last outing. "He was throwing the ball extremely well up until that point where he ran into trouble."

Matzek will oppose Kevin Correria, who will make his 209th career start. The veteran right-hander had made 32 career appearances against the Rockies, going 3-5 with a 4.49 ERA. He's 2-3 with a 3.61 ERA in five starts at Coors Field.

Correia (4-11) gave up two runs on five hits over seven strong innings, but was saddled with the hard-luck loss on Monday against the Mariners. He has a 3.39 ERA over his last 10 starts, but has six losses over that span.

"I've been on streaks," said Correia. "I had a rough start where I thought I was due to have some better outings and I was able to do that. But I still want to win some games. I feel like we scored a lot of runs early in the season and I wasn't able to take advantage of it, and now we're not scoring as many runs. So hopefully the two will come together and we'll be able to turn it around."

Twins: Santana working out in Florida before rehab stint

Assistant general manager Rob Antony said shortstop Danny Santana (left knee deep bone bruise) flew from Minneapolis to Fort Myers, Fla., where he will work out for a few days with the Twins' team in the rookie level Gulf Coast League before beginning a rehab assignment with Class A Advanced Fort Myers.

Santana last played for the Twins on June 25 and could be activated next Friday when the Twins resume play after the All-Star break.

Antony said that pitcher Ricky Nolasco (right elbow strain) went home to Florida to continue his rehab and will be back in Minnesota on Thursday, as will pitcher Mike Pelfry, who had right elbow surgery June 10 and who went home to Wichita, Kan.

Rockies: Masset to throw off of slope Saturday

Right-hander Nick Masset will test his sprained left knee Saturday by pitching off a slope with the hopes of throwing a bullpen session Sunday if all goes well.

Masset's injury occurred while covering the plate on a passed ball in the seventh inning of last Saturday's 8-7 victory over the Dodgers. His MRI revealed a left patellar tendon strain after the Rockies had initially feared a tear.

Masset is eligible to come off the disabled list on July 21 but will likely require a rehab assignment.

Masset had proven to be one of the Rockies more reliable relievers before he surrendered four earned runs without recording an out during the same appearance he suffered the injury. By the time Masset was helped off by a trainer, his ERA had inflated from 3.42 to 4.94.

Overall, Masset has compiled 18 strikeouts against 26 hits and 12 walks across 23 2/3 innings for the Rockies this season.

Worth noting
• Kurt Suzuki is the eighth catcher Twins history to be named an All-Star, joining Earl Battey, John Roseboro, Butch Wynegar, Dave Engle, Tim Laudner, A.J. Pierzynski and Joe Mauer.

• This is just the fourth series these two teams have played all-time and just the second series at Coors Field. The Twins hold a 5-4 advantage in the all-time series, though the Rockies won the lone series in Denver, 2-1, in 2008.

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