Friday, 7:05 p.m. • FSN, 830-AM: RHP Jake Odorizzi (0-0, 5.13 ERA) vs LHP Danny Duffy (1-2, 4.44 ERA)
Saturday, 6:05 p.m. • FSN, 830-AM: RHP Randy Dobnak (4-1, 1.42) vs RHP Brady Singer (1-2, 4.56 ERA)
Sunday, 1:05 p.m. • FSN, 830-AM: TBA vs LHP Kris Bubic (0-3, 5.12 ERA)
Start of a 10-game road trip. … The Twins are 5-6 on the road. … RHP Homer Bailey (biceps), 3B Josh Donaldson (calf), CF Byron Buxton (shoulder), C Mitch Garver (intercostal) and RHP Cody Stashak (back) are on the injured list. … Through 26 games, the Twins have scored nine times in the first inning and nine times in the second inning. Their 22 first-inning runs are most in baseball. … This will be Odorizzi’s third start of the season and his third vs. KC. He gave up two runs in four innings on Saturday in a 4-2 victory. … The Twins’ 3.46 ERA and 1.14 WHIP (walks plus hits per innings pitched) entering play Thursday were both fourth best in MLB.
The teams meet for the third consecutive weekend. … KC swept a three-game series Aug. 7-9 and lost three of four last weekend at Target Field. … LHP Jakob Junis (back) is on the 10-day IL. … RHP Matt Harvey, 31, is trying to resurrect his career with KC. The former Mets All-Star pitched Wednesday after signing a minor league deal in July. … Singer will face the Twins for the third consecutive game. He took the loss on Sunday, giving up three runs in 5⅔ innings. … Bubic’s fifth career start will be his second in a row vs. the Twins. He lost Monday, pitching 4⅓ innings. … The Royals (.245) are hitting nine percentage points higher than the Twins.