THREE-GAME SERIES AT TARGET FIELD
Monday, 3:10 p.m. • FSN, 96.3-FM
LHP Danny Duffy (0-0, 9.00 ERA) vs. RHP Trevor May (3-6, 7.88 in 2014)
Wednesday, 7:10 p.m. • FSN, 96.3-FM
RHP Edinson Volquez (1-0, 1.13) vs. RHP Kyle Gibson (0-1, 14.73)
Thursday, 12:10 p.m. • No TV, 96.3-FM
LHP Jason Vargas (1-0, 3.00) vs. LHP Tommy Milone (1-0, 0.00)
May began the season with Class AAA Rochester, but he did not appear in a game before being recalled Saturday. He gave up three runs on seven hits and four walks over 4⅔ innings last Aug. 18, his only previous start against the Royals. … Kyle Gibson is 3-0 with a 1.40 ERA in three career starts against Kansas City, while Tommy Milone is 3-2 with a 3.75 ERA in six starts. … They were 8-11 against Kansas City last season, and 5-5 in Target Field. That’s the second year in a row of posting a losing record vs. the Royals after nine consecutive .500-or-better years. … This is the first time their home opener will feature the current American League champions since 1992, when the Twins themselves were the defending champs. … The Twins are 2-3 in home openers at Target Field and have lost three in a row.
At 6-0, the Royals are, along with the Tigers, one of two undefeated teams, having swept the White Sox at home to open the season, then taken three straight against the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim. It’s only the second time the Royals have started a season 6-0; they went 9-0 to begin 2003. In six games, they have outscored their opposition 40-15. … They finished last in the majors in home runs in 2014 with 95, but have already hit nine in their first week. Last year, they hit home run No. 9 in their twentieth game. … With a 379-402 record since being hired in 2010, manager Ned Yost trails only Whitey Herzog (410) and Dick Howser (404) for most victories in Royals history.