(Sports Network) - Lefty Jonathon Niese gets his second career crack at theMinnesota Twins on Friday when the New York Mets visit Target Field to open athree-game weekend interleague series.
Niese was a 6-0 winner when the teams met on June 27, 2010 in New York aftertossing 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 won11 and 13 games across 57 appearances in two seasons as a full-time member ofthe Mets' rotation.
Niese's 2013 debut resulted in an 11-2 defeat of the San Diego Padres on April1, and he returned five days later to toss six innings of two-run ball whilegetting 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 earnedrun average.
The Twins counter with right-hander Vance Worley, who'll face the Mets for the10th time after beginning his career alongside them in the National League'sEast Division with the Philadelphia Phillies.
Worley made 53 appearances for Philadelphia through the end of 2012 beforeheading to Minnesota in a trade that sent outfielder Ben Revere to thePhillies.
He was 3-3 with a 5.17 ERA in 38 1/3 career innings against the Mets over nineappearances - seven starts - while allowing 52 hits, striking out 35 battersand permitting an opposition average of .329.
Worley's picked up a loss and a no-decision in his first two outings withMinnesota while combining to allow 18 hits and eight runs in 11 innings.
On Wednesday in Philadelphia, Chase Utley had a two-run homer and DomonicBrown's three-run shot capped a big first inning, as the Phillies outlastedthe Mets, 7-3, to take the rubber match of a three-game set at Citizens BankPark.
For the second straight night, the Mets only got three innings of work out oftheir starter. Jeremy Hefner (0-2) was tagged for five runs on six hits withthree 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 wemade 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 soloshot as well for New York, while Jordany Valdespin had three hits.
Minnesota enters this series on the heels of getting swept by the Kansas CityRoyals, culminating with a 3-0 loss on Wednesday. Joe Mauer and Chris Parmeleeeach 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 fiveinnings 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. TheTwins lead the all-time series, 7-5.