Twins vs. Kansas City | Three-game series at Target Field
Monday, 1:10 p.m. • FSN, 96.3-FM
RHP Jose Berrios (2-4, 9.24 ERA) vs. RHP Ian Kennedy (9-9, 3.66)
Tuesday, 7:10 p.m. • FSN, 96.3-FM
RHP Ervin Santana (7-10, 3.54) vs. RHP Dillon Gee (6-7, 4.33)
Wednesday, 7:10 p.m. • FSN, 96.3-FM
RHP Kyle Gibson (5-9, 5.31) vs. LHP Danny Duffy (11-2, 3.13)
They are 2-11 against the Royals this season, including 2-4 at Target Field. The Twins already have lost the season series for the fourth year in a row after going nine years without losing a season series to Kansas City. … They have not won a series against the Royals since taking two of three at Kansas City last Sept. 7-9. … They are 28-41 at home and have not won a home series against a team with a winning record since July 1-3 vs. Texas. … Santana, who pitched for the Royals in 2013, is 5-9 with a 4.66 ERA against them, including 0-3 with a 3.69 ERA in five starts with the Twins. … 2B Brian Dozier, fifth in the AL with 35 home runs, has hit seven off Royals pitching this year. … RHP Brandon Kintzler is 13-for-15 in save situations this season but has only one since Aug. 16.
After an 18-4 streak revived their postseason hopes, the Royals have lost four of five —all one-run losses at home — to fall 9½ games out of first place in the AL Central and four games out of the final wild-card spot. … They are 28-41 on the road, one year after going 44-37 away from home en route to the World Series championship. But the Royals are 11-5 on the road since Aug. 1. … They have given up only 568 runs, second-fewest in the AL and nearly 200 fewer than the Twins. But they have scored only 552, also second-fewest in the league. … Kennedy went 3-0 with a 1.86 ERA in August, and he is 2-0 with a 1.00 ERA in three starts vs. the Twins this season. … Duffy is 7-1 with a 3.19 ERA since the All-Star break.