FOUR-GAME SERIES AT TARGET FIELD
Thursday, 7:10 p.m. • FSN, 96.3-FM
LHP Hector Santiago (8-9, 3.21) vs. LHP Tommy Milone (8-5, 3.73)
Friday, 7:10 p.m. • FSN, 96.3-FM
LHP Andrew Heaney (6-3, 3.32) vs. RHP Mike Pelfrey (6-9, 4.09)
Saturday, 6:10 p.m. • FSN, 96.3-FM
RHP Garrett Richards (13-11, 3.81) vs. RHP Kyle Gibson (10-10, 3.71)
Sunday, 1:10 p.m. • FSN, 96.3-FM
TBA vs. RHP Tyler Duffey (3-1, 3.72)
They are 43-28 at home after Wednesday’s 7-4 loss to Detroit, and have won four of their past seven games. … They are 1-2 against the Angels this season, and were outscored 12-5 in Anaheim in July. … They went 0-7 against the Angels last year, including a four-game sweep at Target Field. … They have won the season series against the Angels only twice in the past 12 seasons. … RF Torii Hunter spent five seasons in Anaheim, RHP Ervin Santana spent eight, and RHP Kevin Jepsen was an Angel for seven years. … They have left more runners on base than any AL team, which is hard to do considering they rank 14th in the AL in on-base percentage. The only team with a worse OBP than the Twins’ .306? The Angels (.304). … They are attempting to qualify for their first postseason spot since 2010.
They have 11 road games remaining, and all of them could be critical in the wild-card race: Four games here, then three in Houston, and they’ll close the season with four in Texas. … They went 10-19 in August and have had two four-game losing streaks in the past three weeks, yet remain within striking distance of a wild-card spot. … They are 29-41 on the road after a 3-1 loss Wednesday in Seattle, but are 4-19 since the All-Star break. … They rank 13th in the AL in runs scored (575) and 11th in runs allowed (594). … Santiago’s 3.21 ERA is sixth best in the AL. … Closer Houston Street has a league-leading 35 saves, but has blown five. He gave up five runs in two-thirds of an inning Sunday against Houston. … CF Mike Trout is fifth in the AL in home runs with 36 entering Wednesday’s game. 1B Albert Pujols has 35. Trout’s .393 on-base percentage is second only to Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera.