PREVIEW Twins vs. Baltimore
Four-game series at Target Field
Thursday, 7:10 p.m. • FSN, 830-AM
RHP Aaron Slegers (0-0, 3.38) vs. RHP Andrew Cashner (2-8, 4.48)
Friday, 7:10 p.m. • FSN, 830-AM
RHP Lance Lynn (5-7, 5.49) vs RHP Dylan Bundy (6-7, 3.75)
Saturday, 1:10 p.m. • FSN, 830-AM
RHP Kyle Gibson (2-6, 3.58) vs RHP Kevin Gausman (4-6, 4.05)
Sunday, 1:10 p.m. • FSN, 830-AM
RHP Jake Odorizzi (3-6, 4.57) vs RHP Alex Cobb (2-10, 6.53)
This is the start of an 11-game homestand that will take the Twins into the All-Star break. … The teams split a four-game series at Target Field last season. … The Twins took two of three from the Orioles in the season-opening series in Baltimore, handing losses to Cashner and Gausman. … Odorizzi is 5-4 with a 4.42 ERA in 19 career games (18 starts) against the Orioles. Odorizzi is matched up with former Tampa Bay teammate Alex Cobb on Sunday. It was Cobb who showed Odorizzi how to throw his changeup. Cobb calls the pitch "The Thing."
Baltimore manager Buck Showalter has a big mess on his hands, and he's been trying to come up with ways to get players going. He sat down slugger Chris Davis for eight games because he wasn't slugging. And he recently benched All-Star second baseman Jonathan Schoop for a few games. Schoop, who hit 32 homers last season, only has eight this season — all solo shots. … Reliever Darren O'Day, an All-Star in 2015, is out for the season after surgery on his left hamstring. Former Twin Danny Valencia starts at third for Baltimore.
LA VELLE E. NEAL III