Three-game series at Angel Stadium of Anaheim
Friday, 8:38 p.m. • BSN Plus, 830-AM: LHP Lewis Thorpe (first appearance) vs. LHP Andrew Heaney (1-1, 7.00 ERA)
Saturday, 8:07 p.m. • FS1, 830-AM: RHP Matt Shoemaker (1-0, 4.09) vs. LHP Jose Quintana (0-1, 16.20)
Sunday, 3:07 p.m. • BSN, 830-AM:
LHP J.A. Happ (0-0, 3.12) vs. RHP Alex Cobb (1-0, 4.63)
Thorpe was called up to start after the rotation backup caused by Wednesday's doubleheader. Shaun Anderson's one-day call-up ended when he was sent down. … SS Andrelton Simmons (COVID-19) will miss the series against his former teammates. Simmons played the previous five seasons for Los Angeles. Shoemaker and RHP Hansel Robles are also former Angels. … Twins leadoff hitters are 20-for-56 (.357) with seven walks. … DH Nelson Cruz has a 10-game hitting streak and CF Byron Buxton, who missed the past three games because of a hamstring strain, has a nine-game streak. … Cruz has three homers in 17 at-bats vs. Heaney.
The Angels (7-5) are second in the AL West. … Shohei Ohtani has four homers, 12 RBI and is hitting .340; he isn't scheduled to pitch in this series. … CF Mike Trout is hitting .381 with four homers. … L.A. has two former Twins, C Kurt Suzuki and P Aaron Slegers. … 3B Anthony Rendon (groin) is on the 10-day IL and RF Dexter Fowler (knee) is on the 60-day IL. … Quintana is 7-8 with a 4.05 ERA in 21 starts vs. the Twins. … Cobb had 17 Ks in 11⅔ innings in his first two starts. … 41-year-old 1B Albert Pujols is hitting .226 with one homer in nine games. He is fifth all-time with 663 HRs and third with 2,104 RBI (he needs 194 to pass Hank Aaron for the major league record).