Three-game series at Target Field
Friday, 7:10 p.m. • FSN, 830-AM: RHP Phil Hughes (0-0, 5.40 ERA) vs. RHP Luis Castillo (1-3, 6.51)
Saturday, 1:10 p.m. • FSN, 830-AM: RHP Jake Odorizzi (1-2, 4.50) vs. RHP Sal Romano (1-2, 4.78)
Sunday, 1:10 p.m. • FSN, 830-AM: RHP Jose Berrios (2-2, 2.84) vs. RHP Tyler Mahle (1-3, 5.00)
The Twins went 4-2 in their first homestand at Target Field, where they play their next six games. That homestand was supposed to be 10 games, but four were postponed by weather. They are 1-1 in interleague play, having split a pair at Pittsburgh. … The Twins are 11-10 all-time vs. Cincinnati, and 7-2 at home, with all nine games in the Metrodome; the Reds last played there in 2001. With this visit, only San Francisco and Washington have never played in Target Field. … With 407 career doubles, 1B Joe Mauer needs seven more to tie Kirby Puckett as the Twins’ all-time leader. … Hughes and Odorizzi each has one career start against the Reds. Hughes gave up four runs in 6⅔ innings at Cincinnati in 2014 and earned a victory, while Odorizzi allowed three runs in seven innings last season with Tampa Bay, and got no decision. Berrios has never faced Cincinnati.
The Reds have lost 15 of 18. At a major league-worst 5-20, it’s the 137-year-old team’s worst start to a season ever over 25 games. … They were 3-15 when Bryan Price was fired as manager; his replacement, Jim Riggleman, is 2-5 since taking over. … They are 2-11 on the road, including five losses in a row. … They rank 13th in the NL in runs scored (84), and 14th in runs against (133). They have been shut out four times already. … 1B Joey Votto, second in NL MVP voting last season, is batting only .256 with three homers and a .363 on-base percentage and .337 slugging percentage. … 3B Eugenio Suarez (fractured thumb), who hit 26 homers with 82 RBI in 2017, returned from the disabled list Thursday. … None of their starting pitchers in this series has ever faced the Twins. … RHP Raisel Iglesias has three saves in four opportunities.