TWINS AT SAN FRANCISCO SERIES PREVIEW
THREE-GAME SERIES AT&T PARK
Friday, 9: 15 p.m. • FSN, 96.3-FM: RHP Ervin Santana (7-3, 2.44 ERA) vs. LHP Matt Moore (2-6, 5.22)
Saturday, 3:05 p.m. • FSN, 96.3-FM: RHP Jose Berrios (4-1, 2.76) vs. RHP Jeff Samardzija (2-7, 4.29)
Sunday, 3:05 p.m. • FSN, 96.3-FM: TBA vs RHP Matt Cain (3-5, 4.87)
The Twins will finish a 10-game West Coast road trip with their second interleague series of the season and their first on the road, meaning NL rules apply. Twins pitchers hit 3-for-24 (.125) last year. … The Twins are 4-8 all-time against the Giants, having lost five in a row, all in San Francisco. They last met in May 2014. … C Jason Castro and RF Max Kepler had nine-game hitting streaks entering Thursday. … 3B Miguel Sano’s three-run HR at Seattle on Wednesday gave him an American League high 46 RBI, tied with the Mariners’ Nelson Cruz. … The Twins have two ex-Giants, IF Ehire Adrianza and LHP Adalberto Mejia.
The Giants were 57-33 at the 2016 All-Star break. Since then they are 55-79, including 25-37 this season, having lost 11 of 15 before Thursday’s 9-5 victory at Milwaukee. They are 13½ games behind Colorado in the NL West. San Francisco is 15-14 at home. … C Buster Posey reached base safely via hit, walk or HBP in 48 of his first 50 games, including his past 22. His on-base percentage (.440) is second best in the major leagues (injured Mike Trout of the Angels is at .461). … IF Eduardo Nunez, traded by the Twins for Mejia last July, has reached base safely in his past 23 games. Ex-Twins CF Denard Span is hitting .270.