American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Thursday, June 6th
(All times Eastern)
Minnesota Twins (26-30) at Kansas City Royals (24-32), 8:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Minnesota - Mike Pelfrey (3-6, 6.66)
Kansas City - Wade Davis (3-5, 6.16)
(Sports Network) - The Kansas City Royals try to make it two straight home
wins and earn a series victory on Thursday when they play the rubber match of
their three-game set with the Minnesota Twins at Kauffman Stadium.
Kansas City stopped its franchise-worst 11-game home losing streak on
Wednesday, as Jeremy Guthrie tossed six innings of one-run baseball and the
Royals rolled to a 4-1 victory.
Guthrie (6-3), who had lost his previous three decisions, gave up six hits
while striking out four and walking three for the Royals, who won at home for
the first time since May 5. He ended a streak of 18 consecutive games by
Royals starters without a victory.
"We need to win games here," Guthrie said. "We enjoy playing here. We feel
comfortable here, so we need to come and play better and be able to win games
at home. Take advantage of what we have here."
David Lough went 2-for-4 with two RBI for Kansas City, which bounced back from
a 3-0 loss in the opener of this three-game series on Tuesday. Salvador Perez
and Billy Butler added an RBI apiece.
Minnesota starter P.J. Walters (2-1) allowed three unearned runs on seven hits
while walking three over six full frames.
"We lost. I gave up three runs. We lost by three," Walters said. "Earned or
not, it's still my runs. I still gave them up. At the end of the day, my job
is to win the games."
Josh Willingham knocked in the lone run for the Twins, who had a three-game
winning streak stopped.
Getting the call for the Royals on Thursday will be right-hander Wade Davis,
who has just one win in his last eight starts. Davis lost to Texas on Friday,
as he was hit for six runs in five innings to fall to 3-5 to go along with a
"I had a lot of hits get through today on weak contact," Davis said. "Ground
balls got through today and put me in a bad spot."
Davis defeated the Twins earlier in the year and is a perfect 3-0 lifetime
against them with 4.08 ERA in seven games (6 starts).
Minnesota, meanwhile, will pin its hopes on righty Mike Pelfrey, who is 3-6
with a 6.66 ERA. Pelfrey lost his third consecutive decision on Friday to
Seattle, as the Mariners reached him for three runs and six hits in 5 1/3
Pelfrey, who is coming off Tommy John surgery, has only reached the sixth
inning in six of his 11 starts and has a 29.45 ERA in that frame with 12
earned runs in 3 2/3 innings.
"Right now with Pelf, it's about command," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said.
"He needs more consistency with his pitches. He was misfiring a bunch of
pitches throughout the game, but he hung in there. His velocity was good and
his secondary pitches were a little better, but it's about command in the
Pelfrey lost to the Royals back on April 9 in his only other appearance
The Royals swept the Twins earlier in the year and held Minnesota to just five
runs in the three-game series.
06/06 10:33:27 ET