THREE-GAME SERIES AT Target Field
Friday, 7:10 p.m. • FSN, 830-AM: RHP Fernando Romero (3-2, 4.17 ERA) vs. LHP Mike Minor (4-4, 5.35)
Saturday, 1:10 p.m. • FSN, 830-AM: RHP Jake Odorizzi (3-4, 4.38) vs. RHP Yovani Gallardo (0-0, 15.95)
Sunday, 1:10 p.m. • FSN, 830-AM: RHP Jose Berrios (7-5, 3.38 ERA) vs. RHP Bartolo Colon (4-4, 4.91)
The Twins are 18-17 at Target Field this season. … They are 6-10 against AL West teams. … The Twins, who took four of seven games from Texas in 2017, have lost the season series to the Rangers only twice in the past 11 years. They are 18-13 against Texas in Target Field. … C Bobby Wilson played for the Rangers in 2015-16, batting .239 in 73 games. … 3B Eduardo Escobar leads the AL in hits (27), extra-base hits (19), doubles (13) and slugging (. 812), and is second in batting average (. 389) and RBI (22) this month. … Brian Dozier needs two home runs to tie Tom Brunansky for ninth most in Twins history (193). … Fernando Rodney, baseball’s second-oldest player after Colon, has converted 14 save opportunities in a row and needs two more to tie Rick Aguilera for 20th on the career saves list with 318.
Texas has won five consecutive games, but remains buried in last place in the AL West, 18 games behind first-place Houston and seven behind fourth-place Oakland. Its 32 victories are the fewest after 76 games since 2007 (31). … The Rangers have lost 16 games by five or more runs, second most in the majors behind Kansas City (17). … They are 17-20 on the road. … LF Joey Gallo, the MVP of the 2014 Futures Game at Target Field, ranks tied for seventh in the AL in home runs with 18. But Gallo is also batting only .195 with a .296 on-base percentage. … 3B Adrian Beltre, in his 21st major league season, missed most of a month because of a hamstring injury, but has batted .281 since returning on May 31. … Colon, at 45, is 19 years, 3 days older than his Sunday opponent, Jose Berrios.