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  • Series Preview: Twins @ Royals, 4/8

    Twins at Royals series previewYour first place Minnesota Twins.

    It's not a term Twins fans have heard since October 2010 but coming into a three game set with the Kansas City Royals, that's exactly the position the surprising Twins are sitting after two series wins to open the season. Behind some solid pitching performances and timely hitting, the Twins enter their third series against division rivals Kansas City sitting atop the American League Central with a 4-2 record, tied for first place with the White Sox.

    But not all has been going right for the young Twins team. Liam Hendriks looked much like his 2012 self against Baltimore, throwing a clunker against the Orioles and exiting the game after only 4 2/3 innings. Rookie centerfielder Aaron Hicks has also struggled, compiling only two hits in the first 26 ABs of his Major League career. The Twins look to get those two youngsters back on track early. With Scott Diamond throwing rehab in the minors and Sam Deduno not far behind him (and Rich Harden not far behind him), the team's patience with Hendriks could be limited and another stint in Rochester could be just around the corner if he doesn't begin to establish himself against the Royals. Hicks should receive a longer leash, as there are no good replacements available in the minors and backup centerfielder Darin Mastroianni has been battling a foot contusion in the past week and cannot play a full nine inning game.

    Game 1:

    Twins @ Royals, Kauffman Stadium - 3:10pm Central - 4/8/2013
    Television: FSN North
    Radio: Twins Broadcast Network

    Kevin Correia - Twins:
    GP GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR BB SO W L P/GS WHIP BAA ERA
    2013 Regular Season 1 1 0 0 7.0 7 2 2 0 1 2 0 0 97.0 1.14 .259 2.57

    Ervin Santana - Royals:
    GP GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR BB SO W L P/GS WHIP BAA ERA
    2013 Regular Season 1 1 0 0 6.0 5 4 4 3 1 8 0 1 98.0 1.00 .217 6.00

    Game 2:

    Twins @ Royals, Kauffman Stadium - 7:10pm Central - 4/9/2013
    Television: FSN North
    Radio: Twins Broadcast Network

    Mike Pelfrey - Twins:
    GP GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR BB SO W L P/GS WHIP BAA ERA
    2013 Regular Season 1 1 0 0 5.1 5 2 0 0 2 1 1 0 96.0 1.31 .238 0.00

    Jeremy Guthrie - Royals:
    GP GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR BB SO W L P/GS WHIP BAA ERA
    2013 Regular Season 1 1 0 0 6.0 5 1 1 0 1 9 1 0 94.0 1.00 .227 1.50

    Game 3:
    Twins @ Royals, Kauffman Stadium - 7:10pm Central - 4/10/2013
    Television: FSN North
    Radio: Twins Broadcast Network

    Liam Hendriks - Twins:
    GP GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR BB SO W L P/GS WHIP BAA ERA
    2013 Regular Season 1 1 0 0 4.2 8 4 4 0 1 1 0 0 96.0 1.93 .364 7.71

    Wade Davis - Royals:
    GP GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR BB SO W L P/GS WHIP BAA ERA
    2013 Regular Season 1 1 0 0 4.0 9 4 4 2 0 2 0 0 76.0 2.25 .474 9.00

    Twins Offense:
    NAME GP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB BB SO SB BA OBP SLG OPS OWAR
    Pedro Florimon 5 10 2 4 1 0 0 2 5 3 1 0 .400 .538 .500 1.038 0.0
    Eduardo Escobar 5 7 0 3 1 0 0 3 4 0 2 0 .429 .429 .571 1.000 0.0
    Wilkin Ramirez 3 5 1 2 1 0 0 1 3 0 1 0 .400 .400 .600 1.000 0.0
    Josh Willingham 6 19 3 4 2 0 1 2 9 7 10 0 .211 .444 .474 .918 0.0
    Justin Morneau 6 22 4 8 2 0 0 3 10 4 3 0 .364 .462 .455 .916 0.0
    Trevor Plouffe 6 17 4 4 1 0 1 2 8 3 5 1 .235 .417 .471 .887 0.0
    Chris Parmelee 6 17 3 4 0 0 1 5 7 3 5 1 .235 .333 .412 .745 0.0
    Jamey Carroll 3 4 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 .250 .400 .250 .650 0.0
    Joe Mauer 6 26 3 6 1 0 0 0 7 2 7 0 .231 .286 .269 .555 0.0
    Ryan Doumit 6 25 3 5 3 0 0 2 8 1 6 0 .200 .231 .320 .551 0.0
    Brian Dozier 5 17 2 3 0 1 0 4 5 1 5 0 .176 .211 .294 .505 0.0
    Aaron Hicks 6 26 1 2 0 0 0 3 2 2 11 0 .077 .143 .077 .220 0.0

    Royals Offense:
    NAME GP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB BB SO SB BA OBP SLG OPS OWAR
    Miguel Tejada 3 4 1 2 1 0 0 2 3 1 0 0 .500 .600 .750 1.350 0.0
    Alex Gordon 6 25 6 10 3 1 0 5 15 2 4 0 .400 .444 .600 1.044 0.0
    Eric Hosmer 6 15 3 5 1 0 0 3 6 4 3 1 .333 .500 .400 .900 0.0
    Chris Getz 6 19 5 6 2 1 0 4 10 0 3 0 .316 .316 .526 .842 0.0
    Alcides Escobar 6 24 3 6 2 0 1 3 11 3 3 3 .250 .333 .458 .792 0.0
    Jeff Francoeur 6 24 4 7 2 0 0 0 9 1 3 1 .292 .320 .375 .695 0.0
    Billy Butler 6 19 2 4 0 0 1 8 7 3 3 0 .211 .318 .368 .687 0.0
    Elliot Johnson 3 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 .333 .333 .333 .667 0.0
    James Shields 2 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 .333 .333 .333 .667 0.0
    Mike Moustakas 5 21 1 5 2 0 0 0 7 1 4 0 .238 .273 .333 .606 0.0
    Jarrod Dyson 5 5 1 1 1 0 0 1 2 0 0 1 .200 .200 .400 .600 0.0
    Lorenzo Cain 5 17 2 3 0 0 0 2 3 2 6 0 .176 .286 .176 .462 0.0
    Salvador Perez 6 26 1 4 1 0 0 0 5 1 5 0 .154 .185 .192 .377 0.0
    Comments 197 Comments
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Lineups:

      Twins:
      Aaron Hicks CF
      Joe Mauer C
      Josh Willingham RF
      Justin Morneau 1B
      Ryan Doumit DH
      Trevor Plouffe 3B
      Chris Parmelee LF
      Brian Dozier 2B
      Pedro Florimon SS
      (Kevin Correia P)

      Royals:
      Alex Gordon LF
      Alcides Escobar SS
      Billy Butler DH
      Mike Moustakas 3B
      Salvador Perez C
      Eric Hosmer 1B
      Jeff Francoeur RF
      Lorenzo Cain CF
      Chris Getz 2B
      (Ervin Santana P)
    1. SpiritofVodkaDave's Avatar
      SpiritofVodkaDave -
      My baseball road trip continues...
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Quote Originally Posted by SpiritofVodkaDave View Post
      My baseball road trip continues...
      I know you were there for the Baltimore series... Are you travelling to KC now?

      If so, eat some barbeque. I've been dying for some good barbeque.
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      RP: Thanks for doing these series previews and game threads. My guess is TD isn't paying you enough.
    1. SpiritofVodkaDave's Avatar
      SpiritofVodkaDave -
      Quote Originally Posted by Brock Beauchamp View Post
      I know you were there for the Baltimore series... Are you travelling to KC now?

      If so, eat some barbeque. I've been dying for some good barbeque.
      Yeah I will be at the game today tomorrow and wed. Then most likely to St. Louis for a game Thursday then Minnesota for the twins vs mets series, (though prob going to a wild game that sat). Hopefully the twins continue to win.

      Best part is I have business folks to see in St. Louis and Minnesota so the trip ends up working out perfectly.
    1. Chance's Avatar
      Chance -
      Quote Originally Posted by SpiritofVodkaDave View Post
      Yeah I will be at the game today tomorrow and wed. Then most likely to St. Louis for a game Thursday then Minnesota for the twins vs mets series, (though prob going to a wild game that sat). Hopefully the twins continue to win.

      Best part is I have business folks to see in St. Louis and Minnesota so the trip ends up working out perfectly.

      Jealous.
    1. mike wants wins's Avatar
      mike wants wins -
      It is much more entertaining to read threads about upcoming series this year than it was last year.....
    1. Mr. Brooks's Avatar
      Mr. Brooks -
      Quote Originally Posted by Brock Beauchamp View Post
      I know you were there for the Baltimore series... Are you travelling to KC now?

      If so, eat some barbeque. I've been dying for some good barbeque.
      From the best seafood city in America, to the best BBQ city in America. I'm jealous.
    1. SpiritofVodkaDave's Avatar
      SpiritofVodkaDave -
      Best seafood city in America is Seattle sir! Which I get to spend a few weeks in this summer
    1. Badsmerf's Avatar
      Badsmerf -
      Quote Originally Posted by SpiritofVodkaDave View Post
      Best seafood city in America is Seattle sir! Which I get to spend a few weeks in this summer
      If you didn't jump on that, I would have. No way does East Coast seafood compare to West Coast! I'm from Alaska, so a little bias here...
    1. Willihammer's Avatar
      Willihammer -
      Don't have to face Shields, that's a good start already!
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Quote Originally Posted by Willihammer View Post
      Don't have to face Shields, that's a good start already!
      Yeah, dodging a bit of a bullet there. Hopefully the Twins can continue to win against mediocre pitching before facing some of the aces of the AL.
    1. chuchadoro's Avatar
      chuchadoro -
      No matter what happens, we will always have those heady days of early April.
    1. Mr. Brooks's Avatar
      Mr. Brooks -
      Have to love early April numbers.
      Miguel Tejada and Eduardo Escobar are the team BA leaders coming into this series!
      (Yes, I know neither has enough PA's to qualify)
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Brooks View Post
      Have to love early April numbers.
      Miguel Tejada and Eduardo Escobar are the team BA leaders coming into this series!
      (Yes, I know neither has enough PA's to qualify)
      With the way Gardy has used the bench, Escobar+Florimon+Ramirez together amount to a starting "shortstopinchitter" that does have very admirable stats to start the season, even if you take out the one start in the outfield.
    1. edavis0308's Avatar
      edavis0308 -
      Quote Originally Posted by SpiritofVodkaDave View Post
      Yeah I will be at the game today tomorrow and wed. Then most likely to St. Louis for a game Thursday then Minnesota for the twins vs mets series, (though prob going to a wild game that sat). Hopefully the twins continue to win.

      Best part is I have business folks to see in St. Louis and Minnesota so the trip ends up working out perfectly.
      You best be going to Oklahoma Joe's.
    1. Ultima Ratio's Avatar
      Ultima Ratio -
      How long has Gordon been leading off? This is new this season no? Wasn't Cain leading off last year?
    1. Mr. Brooks's Avatar
      Mr. Brooks -
      Quote Originally Posted by Ultima Ratio View Post
      How long has Gordon been leading off? This is new this season no? Wasn't Cain leading off last year?
      Gordon had the majority of his PA's from the leadoff spot last year as well.
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Quote Originally Posted by SpiritofVodkaDave View Post
      Yeah I will be at the game today tomorrow and wed. Then most likely to St. Louis for a game Thursday then Minnesota for the twins vs mets series, (though prob going to a wild game that sat). Hopefully the twins continue to win.

      Best part is I have business folks to see in St. Louis and Minnesota so the trip ends up working out perfectly.
      I'm extremely jealous of you. Baseball road trips would be at the top of my list of things to do.

      If I just got in the car and started driving. I wonder how long it would take for my wife to notice that I wasn't around.

      I might be able to make it a week before being called back home.
    1. Ultima Ratio's Avatar
      Ultima Ratio -
      Quote Originally Posted by Ultima Ratio View Post
      How long has Gordon been leading off? This is new this season no? Wasn't Cain leading off last year?
      Thanks, just looked it up. Must have seen him lead off against us last year at some point and that left the impression.
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