THREE-GAME SERIES AT SAFECO FIELD
Tuesday, 9:10 p.m. • FSN, 96.3-FM LHP Hector Santiago (4-5, 4.76 ERA) vs. LHP James Paxton (4-0, 1.26)
Wednesday, 9:10 p.m. • FSN, 96.3-FM LHP Adalberto Mejia (1-1, 3.95) vs. RHP Yovani Gallardo (2-6, 6.24)
Thursday, 9:10 p.m. • FSN, 96.3-FM RHP Ervin Santana (7-3, 2.44) vs. RHP Christian Berman (3-2, 4.36)
Last year, the Twins’ only three-game road sweep of the season came at Seattle in May; they are 8-2 at Safeco over the past three seasons. This year, they arrive with the second-best road record in the majors at 17-6 (.739). The Twins have outscored opponents 113-89 away from Target Field. … 3B Miguel Sano has 14 home runs, the eighth most in club history through 53 games. … The Twins have 15 come-from-behind victories and are 7-1 in one-run games. … C Jason Castro is batting .290 during his eight-game hitting streak.
Despite having 10 players on the disabled list, including starting pitchers Felix Hernandez, Hisashi Iwakuma and Drew Smyly, Seattle has won seven of eight. … 1B Danny Valencia is on his sixth team since the Twins traded him in 2012. He is making a case to stick in this case: Valencia is coming off a weekend in which he drove in five runs Friday and tied a Seattle record with hits in nine consecutive at-bats. … Paxton has emerged as one of the game’s better starters. Against the Twins, he is 1-1 with a 1.54 ERA.
La Velle E. Neal III