With the first win of his career out of the way -- after 22 games and nine starts -- Marlins right-hander Tom Koehler is ready for bigger and better things.
"It's more about building off the outing," Koehler said. "You can't control who gets wins and losses. I had a good rebound from my previous start. Now it's about building off this one and keep the team in the game as long as I can."
After breaking into the starting rotation on May 12, Koehler went 0-5 in seven starts with a 5.62 ERA. On June 15, he gave up nine earned runs in 4 2/3 innings. But as he prepares to take on the Twins on Wednesday at Marlins Park, Koehler is coming off his best start, in which he surrendered just one run on three hits and three walks in seven innings.
If there's one thing Koehler took away from his first win that he hopes to carry with him against the Twins, it's throwing early strikes and getting ahead in counts.
"It's important to get ahead with the fastball, so I don't have to go to my offspeed pitches too soon," Koehler said. "I did a good job of locating and forcing some action early."
Scott Diamond will take the mound for the Twins on Wednesday, coming off the 18th win of his three-year career. He was bailed out by his offense in that outing, as he gave up four runs (three earned) in just 5 1/3 innings against the White Sox.
Diamond started the season strong, notching quality starts in four of his first five outings. However, he has just one quality start since. Although he didn't dominate the last time out, he hopes it's a step in the right direction.
"Overall, I'm pretty happy with the way it went," said Diamond, who also gave up seven hits and struck out two batters against Chicago. "The numbers don't look the best, but I'm happy with how I progressed through the game."
Twins: Mauer excels in Interleague Play
Joe Mauer entered this week's series against the Marlins as one of the hottest hitters in baseball when it comes to Interleague Play, and Tuesday was no different.
Mauer went 2-for-4 with a run scored, despite the Twins falling to the Marlins, 4-2. Since the start of last season, Mauer is batting .401 against National League opponents. As far as Interleague action goes, that average ranks him second only to the Cubs' Anthony Rizzo (.405).
• With Mauer's run on Tuesday, he passed Torii Hunter and moved into seventh place on the Twins' all-time list with 673 runs scored.
Marlins: Ruggiano's availability in question
The Marlins might not have outfielder Justin Ruggiano for Wednesday's game against the Twins after he sat out on Tuesday with a sore left shoulder, which he suffered diving for a ball in Sunday's win over the Giants.
Ruggiano had a big game against San Francisco, going 2-for-5 with a pair of homers and three RBIs. Manager Mike Redmond said he isn't sure how long Ruggiano's shoulder will hold him out of action. In the meantime, Juan Pierre has taken his place.
"I don't know if that is a short-term deal or long-term deal," Redmond said. "We'll have to play that by ear. That's something -- to have such a great day, hit two home runs and not be able to play the next day."
• The Twins are 8-10 in Interleague Play entering Wednesday, having won seven of the last 11 against National League opponents.
• Twins second baseman Brian Dozier played in his MLB-leading 35th Interleague game since the start of 2012 on Tuesday. Minnesota left fielder Josh Willingham comes into Wednesday tied for second in the same category with 32 games played.