FOUR-GAME SERIES AT TARGET FIELD
Thursday, 7:10 p.m. • FSN, 830-AM: RHP Jake Odorizzi (3-2, 3.34) vs. RHP Shane Bieber (MLB debut)
Friday, 7:10 p.m. • FSN, 830-AM: RHP Jose Berrios (5-5, 3.67) vs. RHP Carlos Carrasco (6-3, 3.98)
Saturday, 3:10 p.m. • Fox Sports One, 830-AM: RHP Lance Lynn (3-4, 5.94) vs. RHP Trevor Bauer (4-3, 2.61)
Sunday, 1:10 p.m. • FSN, 830-AM: RHP Kyle Gibson (1-3, 3.57) vs. RHP Mike Clevinger (4-2, 3.14)
They are 10-11 at Target Field. … They went 1-9 against the Indians at Target Field last season, winning only the final meeting. … Over his past 162 games, LF Eddie Rosario is batting .301 with 33 homers and 43 doubles. … Their 4.44 bullpen ERA ranks 12th in the AL, but their 3.90 cumulative ERA among starters is fifth-best. They haven’t finished a season with a starter ERA that low since 1992 (3.86). … Closer Fernando Rodney has collected a save in eight consecutive appearances and has converted 11 of 14 opportunities this season. His 311 career saves rank 22nd in major-league history, tied with Tom Henke. He needs three more to catch Robb Nen for 21st all-time. … Through 50 games, the Twins’ team ERA of 4.12 is an improvement on last season’s 4.59, but their runs scored have declined from 4.60 per game to 4.04.
After a slow start, they have won five straight games to reassert themselves in the AL Central, which they lead by five games. … They are 11-14 on the road but have won three of the past four. … With 265 runs, they are fourth in the AL in scoring, but their bullpen has collapsed. Last year, the pen’s 2.89 ERA was the best in baseball; this year’s 6.02 is worst in the majors. … They are without OFs Lonnie Chisenhall (calf), Tyler Naquin (hamstring), Brandon Guyer (neck), and Bradley Zimmer (ribs), LHP Andrew Miller (knee) and RHP Danny Salazar (shoulder). … RHP Shane Bieber was called up to start Thursday to give Trevor Bauer an extra day of rest.