Twins-Kansas City series preview

  • Updated: June 26, 2013 - 8:57 PM
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Righthander Aaron Crow holds a key setup role for the Royals.

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FOUR-GAME SERIES AT TARGET FIELD

Thursday, 7:10 p.m. • FSN, 96.3-FM

RHP Samuel Deduno (3-2, 3.72 ERA) vs. RHP Jeremy Guthrie (7-5, 4.20)

Friday, 7:10 p.m. • FSN, 96.3-FM

RHP P.J. Walters (2-3, 4.88) vs. RHP Wade Davis (4-5, 4.96)

Saturday, 3:10 p.m. • FSN, 96.3-FM

RHP Kyle Gibson (0-0, -.--) vs. RHP James Shields (2-6, 2.92)

Sunday, 1:10 p.m. • FSN, 96.3-FM

RHP Kevin Correia (6-5, 3.82) vs. RHP Ervin Santana (5-5, 2.74)

TWINS UPDATE

The Twins lost two games in Miami this week to finish the five-game road trip with a 1-4 record. It doesn’t get any easier as they play the Royals, who have won five of the six meetings between the teams this season. The first two meetings took place at Kauffman Stadium. … Deduno has the one win against the Royals this season, throwing six shutout innings in a 3-0 victory on June 4. … Josh Willingham is batting .350 against the Royals this season with one homer and three RBI. … One stat that is unexplainable: The Twins are 0-10 on Fridays.

ROYALS UPDATE

The Royals this week called up lefthander Will Smith from Class AAA Omaha, who has been converted into a reliever. They Royals feel the quality of his pitches have improved. … Aaron Crow, one of the Royals’ key setup men, was a teammate of Gibson at the University of Missouri. … Billy Butler (10-for-20), Salvador Perez (.409) and Lorenzo Cain (.381) have had their way with Twins pitching this season. … Guthrie is 2-0 with a 4.26 ERA in two starts against the Twins this season. … The Royals entered Wednesday leading the American League with a 3.52 team ERA.

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Pittsburgh - WP: B. Morris 8 FINAL
Cincinnati - LP: S. LeCure 7
Atlanta 0 Postponed
Philadelphia 0
Chicago Cubs 0 Postponed
NY Yankees 0
Tampa Bay 0 Postponed
Baltimore 0
Cleveland 0 Postponed
Detroit 0
Washington - LP: S. Strasburg 2 FINAL
Miami - WP: T. Koehler 11
Pittsburgh - LP: G. Cole 5 FINAL
Cincinnati - WP: M. Leake 7
Seattle - LP: B. Beavan 0 FINAL
Texas - WP: R. Ross Jr. 5
St. Louis - WP: S. Miller 6 FINAL
Milwaukee - LP: M. Estrada 1
Boston - LP: B. Badenhop 1 FINAL
Chicago WSox - WP: D. Webb 2
Kansas City - WP: Y. Ventura 4 FINAL
Houston - LP: L. Harrell 2
Toronto - WP: A. Loup 9 FINAL
Minnesota - LP: P. Hughes 3
NY Mets - WP: J. Mejia 9 FINAL
Arizona - LP: B. Arroyo 0
Oakland - WP: J. Johnson 10 FINAL
LA Angels - LP: Y. Herrera 9
Colorado - WP: J. Nicasio 3 FINAL
San Diego - LP: R. Erlin 2
Los Angeles - LP: B. League 2 FINAL
San Francisco - WP: Y. Petit 3
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Brooklyn 98
Denver 105 FINAL
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