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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. snepp's Avatar
      snepp -
      Quote Originally Posted by GCTF View Post
      I had a Castro flashback.
      Somewhere Shores convulses violently.
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      Quote Originally Posted by snepp View Post
      Somewhere Shores convulses violently.
      Yeah, but it most likely had nothing to do with Castro.
    1. SwainZag's Avatar
      SwainZag -
      Attachment 3695

      :d
    1. gil4's Avatar
      gil4 -
      Quote Originally Posted by USAFChief View Post
      Gardy assures us confidence is not an issue for Hicksie.
      Too bad. Confidence can be fixed with a couple of base hits. Inability to make contact it a bit tougher and is frequently incurable.
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      Kevin Correia, pitching god.
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      Dickbert: "What you try to stay away from is the 2, 3 grand-slam-type home runs."
    1. Tcrose3636's Avatar
      Tcrose3636 -
      Quote Originally Posted by USAFChief View Post
      Kevin Correia, pitching god.
      In attempts to quite the nay sayers
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      Nice play, More-know-zee.
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      Yeah, but is that 21 in Dominican years?
    1. Ultima Ratio's Avatar
      Ultima Ratio -
      Looking at pitch location, KC is really doing a nice job of hitting corners with good command, just needs to get it down a bit for continued success, but well done sir.
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      Up and in, up and in, changeup down and away for a tailor made DP. Nice pitch.
    1. Tcrose3636's Avatar
      Tcrose3636 -
      Apparently Gladden is not to confident in Hicks. He just said, "here is where we need a ball bounced in the dirt and go back to the backstop to move up these runners".
    1. SwainZag's Avatar
      SwainZag -
      It took me a minute to why you were using the generic KC to describe Santana's pitch location......didn't dawn on me you might be talking about Correia.
    1. GCTF's Avatar
      GCTF -
      Quote Originally Posted by USAFChief View Post
      Dickbert: "What you try to stay away from is the 2, 3 grand-slam-type home runs."
      Must've been some flight from Baltimore to KC.
    1. GCTF's Avatar
      GCTF -
      Quote Originally Posted by SwainZag View Post
      It took me a minute to why you were using the generic KC to describe Santana's pitch location......didn't dawn on me you might be talking about Correia.
      It's too hard to spell Korea.
    1. SwainZag's Avatar
      SwainZag -
      Did Joe just swing at the first pitch?!
    1. YourHouseIsMyHouse's Avatar
      YourHouseIsMyHouse -
      Parker needs to explain how Correia is good to TD. I don't quite get it.
    1. IdahoPilgrim's Avatar
      IdahoPilgrim -
      Quote Originally Posted by SwainZag View Post
      Did Joe just swing at the first pitch?!
      More evidence that something's wrong this year.
    1. IdahoPilgrim's Avatar
      IdahoPilgrim -
      Quote Originally Posted by YourHouseIsMyHouse View Post
      Parker needs to explain how Correia is good to TD. I don't quite get it.
      Too soon to say that he is good, but, perhaps, Ryan saw something that we didn't?
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      Quote Originally Posted by YourHouseIsMyHouse View Post
      Parker needs to explain how Correia is good to TD. I don't quite get it.
      It's simple...throw a dp grounder every time you have a runner on first. I'm not sure why more pitchers don't do this.
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