ARLINGTON, Texas — Neil Allen returned to the Twins on Thursday, and to a starting rotation that has begun to look more consistent than it has all season. Ten times in May, and 12 more in June, Minnesota’s starting pitcher allowed five or more runs.

    It hasn’t happened once during July’s first week.

    Tyler Duffey, the only Twins pitcher credited with four wins thus far, gets the start tonight, to open the four-game series with the Rangers, and hopes to extend that streak. Duffey has won each of his last two starts, including a victory last Saturday against these Rangers.

    He’ll face Chi Chi Gonzalez, the Rangers righthander who couldn’t finish the first inning last Saturday, allowing four runs in the Twins’ eventual 17-5 win.

    Here are the lineups for tonight’s game, to be played, at least at the start, in 90-degree heat.



Nunez SS

Mauer 1B

Sano 3B

Dozier 2B

Kepler RF

Grossman DH

Rosario LF

Suzuki C

Buxton CF


Duffey RHP




Choo RF

Desmond CF

Beltre 3B

Fielder DH

Profar 1B

Odor 2B

Andrus SS

Mazara LF

Chirinos C


Gonzalez RHP

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