Still getting messages about Jung Ho Kang's slide into Danny Santana last night. I believe we are all in agreement that second base umpire Brian O'Nora goofed that one up.

It was clear that Kang changed direction and went into Santana as he tried to complete the double play. And Kang was in no position to tag second base because of his actions. The second runner should have been called out.

That was a moment we could have seen a Paul Molitor blowup, but he was able to get his message across without getting into a confrontation with O'Nora.

On to tonight's game. Only two Twins have faced Pittsburgh lefty Jeff Locke, Shane Robinson (o-for-6) and Torii Hunter (1-for-2). Andrew McCutchen is 6-for-12 against Mike Pelfrey.

Aaron Hicks thought he faced Locke in spring training and had his iPad out, trying to dig up video. That's a good sign for the Twins.

Brian Dozier bring a 10-game hitting streak - the second longest active streak - into the game, He's batting .342 during the streak.

Blaine Boyer has been ridiculous. Within his current17.2-inning scoreles streak, lefties are 0-for-21 against him over the last 13 games.

The pitching matchups for the White Sox series this weekend are out. The Twins are catching Jeff Samardzija, Chris Sale and Jose Quintana.


Twins

Danny Santana, SS
Brian Dozier, 2B
Joe Mauer, 1B
Trevor Plouffe, 3B
Torii Hunter, RF
Kurt Suzuki. C
Aaron Hicks, CF
Shane Robinson, LF
Mike Pelfrey, RHP

Pirates

Josh Harrison, RF
Neil Walker, 2B
Andrew McCutchen, CF
Starling Marte, LF
Jung Ho Kang, 3B
Pedro Alvarez, 1B
Francisco Cervelli, C
Jordy Mercer, SS
Jeff Locke, LHP

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