Twins-Kansas City series preview

  • Updated: June 2, 2011 - 12:27 AM

FOUR-GAME SERIES AT KAUFFMAN STADIUM

Thursday, 7:10 p.m. • FSN, 1500-AM

RHP Anthony Swarzak (0-2, 3.60 ERA) vs. RHP Sean O'Sullivan (2-4, 6.75)

Friday, 7:10 p.m. • FSN, 1500-AM

RHP Carl Pavano (2-5, 5.19 ERA) vs. LHP Danny Duffy (0-0, 4.11)

Saturday, 6:10 p.m. • FSN, 1500-AM

RHP Nick Blackburn (4-4, 3.57) vs. RHP Luke Hochevar (3-5, 4.96)

Sunday, 1:10 p.m. • FSN, 1500-AM

LHP Brian Duensing (2-5, 5.37) vs. LHP Jeff Francis (2-5, 4.46)

ABOUT THE TWINS

Swarzak gets his second turn filling in for Francisco Liriano, who is on the disabled list because of inflammation in his left shoulder. Swarzak took a no-hit bid into the eighth inning Saturday against the Angels, taking a no-decision in an eventual 1-0, 10-inning victory. ... The Twins are 1-4 against the Royals this year and lost all three games when they visited Kansas City at the end of April. After going 17-37 against the Twins over the previous three seasons, the Royals don't feel the least bit sorry for them. ... Pavano got pounded in a 10-3 loss in Kansas City on May 1, and when he struggled again in his next start in Boston, it looked like the veteran righthander was on fumes, but he has a 2.96 ERA in his past four starts.

ABOUT THE ROYALS

Kansas City has made several important adjustments since it last faced the Twins on May 1. They promoted Eric Hosmer, one of baseball's best prospects, from Class AAA Omaha. He is now entrenched at first base and bats third with a sweet lefthanded swing. They also promoted Duffy, one of the talented lefthanded pitching prospects in the system. Manager Ned Yost also moved Alex Gordon into the leadoff spot, trying to tap Gordon's on-base potential. But the most stunning development has been the demise of All-Star Joakim Soria, who has been replaced as closer by rookie Aaron Crow. The Royals took two of three from the Angels this week but have dropped eight of their past 11.

JOE CHRISTENSEN

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