THREE-GAME SERIES AT TARGET FIELD
Friday, 7:10 p.m. • FSN, 96.3-FM
RHP Ervin Santana (7-4, 4.10 ERA) vs. RHP Chris Young (11-6, 3.15)
Saturday, 12:05 p.m. • Ch. 9, 96.3-FM
LHP Tommy Milone (9-5, 4.04) vs. RHP Yordano Ventura (12-8, 4.20)
Sunday, 2:10 p.m. • FSN, 96.3-FM
TBA vs. RHP Johnny Cueto (10-13, 3.48)
Sunday’s starter likely will be Kyle Gibson or Phil Hughes. If it’s Gibson, that means the Twins will have a chance at a wild-card spot, so he would come back on three days’ rest after pitching Game 1 of Wednesday’s doubleheader at Cleveland. … The Twins are 7-9 against Kansas City, including only 2-5 at Target Field. The Twins did take two of three at Kansas City on Sept. 7-9. … The Twins led the division or had a share of the lead for 12 days, but the Royals knocked them out of the AL Central lead June 9 and never looked back. … In six games against the Royals, Miguel Sano is batting .368 with one homer and three RBI. … Joe Mauer historically hits well against the Royals, and he is batting .328 against them this season. … The Twins finished September 15-13, their second winning month all season.
The Twins won’t be running into a team resting players for the postseason. Kansas City enters this series tied with Toronto for the best record in the American League, which comes with home-field advantage throughout the postseason. “It’s a pain to go through customs twice,” manager Ned Yost said of possibly playing at Toronto, which owns the tiebreaker. ... But the Royals are battling injury issues. DH Kendrys Morales left Thursday’s game against the White Sox because of a left quadriceps injury and is day-to-day. So is OF Lorenzo Cain after he fouled a ball off his right knee Wednesday. OF Alex Rios, preparing for his first postseason, was scratched from Thursday’s lineup because of a stiff back. … Young is 2-1 with a 1.62 ERA against the Twins in four games, including two starts. … Eric Hosmer is 4-for-11 against Santana with two home runs.
La VELLE E. NEAL III