Interleague foe drops in for weekend visit
THREE-GAME SERIES AT TARGET FIELD
Friday, 7:10 p.m. • FSN, 96.3-FM: RHP Ervin Santana (12-7, 3.28) vs. RHP Zack Godley (5-5, 2.95)
Saturday, 6:10 p.m. • FSN, 96.3-FM: RHP Jose Berrios (10-5, 4.27) vs. RHP Zack Greinke (14-5, 3.01)
Sunday, 1:10 p.m. • FSN, 96.3-FM: RHP Bartolo Colon (2-2, 4.21 with Twins) vs. TBA
They are 8-7 in interleague games this season, 3-2 at home. … They are 10-8 all-time against the Diamondbacks, 2-1 at Target Field. … IF Ehire Adrianza has played 17 games against Arizona but is only 5-for-29 (.172) at the plate. … They are 1-3 in extra innings, having played the fewest such games in the majors this year. Arizona has played 10 and is 7-3. … They are 8-38 when scoring three or fewer runs and haven’t won such a game since June 10. … They have been shut out eight times this season, equaling their total from 2016. … 3B Miguel Sano leads the Twins in home runs with 26 but has connected only twice in August. He has struck out in 21 of his past 39 at-bats.
They have lost eight of their last 12 games but remain tied with Colorado for the two NL wild-card berths, 4½ games ahead of Milwaukee. … Class AAA RHPs Matt Koch or Braden Shipley are candidates for Sunday’s start, or manager Torey Lovullo might start LH reliever T.J. McFarland in a “bullpen” game. … Greinke, the 2009 AL Cy Young winner with the Royals, is 5-8 with a 4.50 ERA in 23 appearances against Minnesota, though his most recent loss to the Twins was in 2010. … 1B Paul Goldschmidt’s 1.035 OPS ranks second in the majors behind Joey Votto. He’s ninth in batting average (.319) and home runs (29) and fourth in RBI (79).