FOUR-GAME SERIES AT KAUFFMAN STADIUM
Thursday, 7:15 p.m. • FSN, 96.3-FM: RHP Kyle Gibson (9-10, 5.33) vs. RHP Sam Gaviglio (3-5, 4.62)
Friday, 7:15 p.m. • FSN, 96.3-FM: RHP Ervin Santana (14-7, 3.35) vs. RHP Ian Kennedy (4-10, 5.37)
Saturday, 6:15 p.m. • FSN, 96.3-FM: RHP Jose Berrios (12-7, 4.01) vs. RHP Jake Junis (7-2, 4.48)
Sunday, 1:15 p.m. • FSN, 96.3-FM: RHP Bartolo Colon (6-11, 6.06) vs. LHP Jason Vargas (14-10, 4.23)
The Twins are 3-3 in six games at Kauffman Stadium this season. … Byron Buxton, Eduardo Escobar and Miguel Sano homered off Gaviglio on June 14 at Target Field when he was with the Mariners, but the Twins still lost 6-4. … Brian Dozier has seven leadoff homers this season, with six of them coming after the All-Star break. … Escobar is a career .421 hitter against Kennedy with two home runs. … Joe Mauer, however, is batting only .182 against him. … Only one current Twin has hit a homer off the Royals’ Vargas — and that is Kennys Vargas.
Kansas City won two of the three games last week in Target Field, both by one run, but are 6-9 against the Twins this season. … Gaviglio debuted with the Mariners this season, making 11 starts, before he was claimed off waivers by the Royals on Friday. … Junis was a 29th-round pick of the Royals in 2011 but was given a $675,000 signing bonus to keep him from attending North Carolina State. His fastball is in the low 90s and he mixes in a slider, curve and changeup. … The Royals gave up a club record-tying six home runs against Detroit on Tuesday.
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