American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Tuesday, June 4th
(All times Eastern)
Minnesota Twins (25-29) Kansas City Royals (23-31), 8:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Minnesota - Samuel Deduno (1-1, 5.11)
Kansas City - Luis Mendoza (1-2, 4.63)
(Sports Network) - The Minnesota Twins try to keep themselves in the win
column on Tuesday when they kick off a three-game series versus the
disappointing Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium.
Minnesota took the final two games of its three-game series with the Seattle
Mariners over the weekend and has won seven of its last nine. None of those
victories were as impressive as the 10-0 shellacking the Twins handed the
Mariners in the rubber match at Target Field.
Minnesota's offense hit four home runs, while Scott Diamond (4-4) had an
impressive performance, allowing just five base runners on four hits and a
walk while striking out three. It was his first win in his last five starts.
"I'm pretty happy with it," said Diamond about his outing. "I was able to get
in a rhythm and get back to what I know best, and that's getting ahead of
Prior to this stretch, the Twins had endured the fourth-longest slide in team
history with 10 straight losses.
"But we've turned this thing around and it's not a streak anymore," said Brian
Dozier, who homered on Sunday and is hitting .417 over his last six games.
"Everything is going good right now and we're clicking."
Heading to the hill on Tuesday will be righty Samuel Deduno, who has split two
starts this season and is pitching to a 5.11 ERA. Deduno was impressive in
beating Milwaukee on Wednesday, as he allowed a run and four hits in seven
Deduno beat the Royals the only other time he faced them.
Kansas City, meanwhile, will counter with right-hander Luis Mendoza, who is
1-2 with a 4.63 ERA. Mendoza pitched well on Wednesday in St. Louis, but did
not get a decision, despite allowing just a run and six hits in 5 2/3 frames.
He is 2-1 in five games (4 starts) versus the Twins with a 2.67 ERA.
Kansas City's struggles continued this past weekend, as it dropped two of
three to Texas. The Royals have now lost 14 of their last 17 and have slipped
to last place in the AL Central.
"We were in a position to do some damage," manager Ned Yost said Sunday. "We
had our opportunities and it just didn't happen. We have to start picking up
some of those opportunities."
The Royals swept the Twins earlier in the year and held Minnesota to just five
runs in the three-game series.
06/04 10:38:07 ET