American League Preview from The Sports Network
Wednesday, June 5th
(All times Eastern)
Minnesota Twins (26-29) Kansas City Royals (23-32), 8:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Minnesota - P.J. Walters (2-0, 4.50)
Kansas City - Jeremy Guthrie (5-3, 3.84)
(Sports Network) - The Kansas City Royals try to put the brakes on their
franchise-worst 11-game home losing streak on Wednesday when they play the
middle test of a three-game series versus the Minnesota Twins at Kauffman
Kansas City's home woes continued on Tuesday, as Ryan Doumit paced the Twins'
offense with a solo homer and two RBI. Josh Willingham added an RBI single for
Minnesota, which has won three in a row and seven of eight.
"I'm just getting back to basics," Doumit said of his fourth homer in seven
games. "After a slow start I watched some video and just tried to get back to
simplifying things. As far as the team's concerned, we're getting great
pitching and timely hitting. That's the key to success."
Samuel Deduno (2-1) tossed six-plus scoreless frames for the visitors. The
right-hander gave up four hits while striking out five.
Meanwhile, Kansas City starting pitchers continued to struggle. Luis Mendoza
(1-3) allowed three runs on seven hits to go with three walks over 4 1/3
Starting pitchers for the Royals are now in a stretch of 18 consecutive games
without a winning decision. The club has gone just 3-15 during that span.
Hoping to change that on Wednesday will be righty Jeremy Guthrie, who is 5-3
with a 3.84 ERA, but has lost his last three decisions. Guthrie did not get a
decision on Thursday in St. Louis, but pitched well, surrendering two runs and
eight hits in six innings of a 4-2 win.
Guthrie beat the Twins earlier in the year and is 5-2 with a 3.55 ERA in 10
games (8 starts) against them.
Minnesota will counter with righty P.J. Walters, who has won both of his
starts this season. Walkers defeated Milwaukee on Thursday, limiting the
Brewers to four runs in six innings.
Walters lost his only other start to the Royals and was hit hard, as he
surrendered six runs in just four innings of that one.
The Royals swept the Twins earlier in the year and held Minnesota to just five
runs in the three-game series.
06/05 10:23:56 ET
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