Twins-L.A. Dodgers series preview

  • Updated: June 26, 2011 - 11:21 PM

THREE-GAME SERIES AT TARGET FIELD

Monday, 7:10 p.m. FSN, 1500ESPN

RHP Nick Blackburn (6-5, 3.15) vs. RHP Chad Billingsley (6-6, 4.48)

Tuesday, 7:10 p.m. FSN, 1500ESPN

LHP Brian Duensing (4-7, 4.54) vs. LHP Ted Lilly (5-7, 4.63)

Wednesday, 12:10 p.m. FSN, 1500ESPN

RHP Scott Baker (5-5, 3.39) vs. RHP Rubby De La Rosa (3-2, 5.26)

TWINS UPDATE

The Twins have faced the Dodgers twice since losing Game 7 of the 1965 World Series to Sandy Koufax at Met Stadium. The Twins went 1-2 at Dodger Stadium in 2005 and swept three games from the Dodgers in 2006 at the Metrodome during their 19-1 surge. Joe Mauer went 11-for-13 in that 2006 series. ... The Twins are 4-8 in interleague play with two more series to go. After facing the Dodgers, they'll play host to the Brewers next weekend at Target Field. ... Blackburn is 5-1 with a 2.35 ERA in his past 10 starts.

DODGERS UPDATE

After back-to-back trips to the National League Championship Series, the Dodgers fell to fourth place under Joe Torre last year and are stuck in fourth place again under first-year manager Don Mattingly. ... Matt Kemp is having an MVP-caliber season, batting .327 with 21 homers and 60 RBI. ... Clayton Kershaw, who won't pitch in this series, is 8-3 with a 2.93 ERA. ... Jonathan Broxton, Rafael Furcal and Jon Garland are on the disabled list. The team has been relying on several young players, including De La Rosa, shortstop Dee Gordon and fill-in closer Javy Guerra.

JOE CHRISTENSEN

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