FOUR-GAME SERIES AT TARGET FIELD
Thursday 7:10 p.m. • FSN, 96.3-FM
RHP Phil Hughes (9-6, 3.93 ERA) vs. LHP J.A. Happ (4-5, 4.27)
Friday 7:10 p.m. • FSN, 96.3-FM
LHP Tommy Milone (5-2, 3.58) vs. RHP Taijuan Walker (7-7, 5.03)
Saturday 6:10 p.m. • FSN, 96.3-FM
RHP Kyle Gibson (8-8, 3.48) vs. LHP Mike Montgomery (4-4, 3.20)
Sunday 1:10 p.m. • FSN, 96.3 FM
RHP Mike Pelfrey (5-7, 3.92) vs. RHP Hisashi Iwakuma (2-2, 5.10)
The Twins won two of three in Seattle in April, as they were emerging from a rough start to the season to build momentum that carried into May. … They also won the season series last year, winning five of seven games. … Trevor Plouffe is 1-for-11 against Iwakuma. … Aaron Hicks has reached base safely in 16 consecutive home games. During this homestand, Hicks is 10-for-19 with triple, home run and eight RBI. That's right, Hicks has driven in eight of the Twins' 26 runs during the homestand. … Eddie Rosario is 8-for-16 during the homestand. … The Twins' four-game home losing streak is their longest of the year. … Tommy Milone has held Nelson Cruz to a .188 batting average and Mark Trumbo to .111, but Franklin Gutierrez is 5-for-11 against him with a home run. … After this series the Twins head out on a seven-game road trip to Toronto and Cleveland.
Robinson Cano had been heating up at the plate lately but suffered an abdominal injury Tuesday. Cano, who was injured while making a fielding play, had recently moved to the cleanup spot in the order and batted .371 with three home runs in eight games before suffering the injury. … Seattle, even with the great Felix Hernandez on the mound, lost on Wednesday to Arizona and was swept at home in the three-game series. … Iwakuma gave up six runs over 5 ⅔ innings on Tuesday in his most recent outing, struggling with command. … The Mariners entered Wednesday with 71 extra base hits in July, second most in the majors. … Seattle is 10-9 at Target Field, 24-25 on the road and 20-18 in one run games.
La VELLE E. NEAL III