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Twins vs. Angels News and Notes

Another nice warm series at Target Field comes up this week, as Anaheim visits Minneapolis for a three-game series.

Lisa Blumenfeld

Probables (all games 7:10 pm, FSN)

  • Monday: Kevin Correia vs. Joe Blanton, 43 degrees and windy
  • Tuesday: Mike Pelfrey vs. Jason Vargas, 42 degrees
  • Wednesday: Vance Worley vs. Tommy Hanson, 39 degrees, rain / snow mix
  • Thursday: OFF DAY FOR WARMTH

Angels Notes

  • Prior to Minnesota's Sunday rain/snowout, the Angels and Twins had scored the exact same number of runs - 40 in 11 games - despite the Twins' putrid .648 team OPS and Anaheim's much-more-respectable .733. The reason: the Angels as a team were hitting .131 with runners in scoring position, worst in the major leagues.
  • Remember when the Twins were absolutely desperate to get rid of Brendan Harris, to the point that they demoted him, paid the major-league value of his deal, and started trying to "accidentally" leave him in various minor-league cities? Well, you can welcome him back to Target Field this week; he made the Angels as a utility guy out of spring training.
  • Keep an eye on Josh Hamilton, who's slumping pretty badly in the first couple of weeks of his exorbitant five-year deal in LA. Hamilton, who turns 32 next month, will make $17 million this year. And next year. And then $25 million in 2015. But here's the amazing part: he will make a combined $64 million in 2016 and 2017, when he is 36 and 37. Between Hamilton, Albert Pujols, Jered Weaver, C.J. Wilson, and Howie Kendrick, the Angels already have an astounding $106 million committed in 2016. That's ignoring Mike Trout, who will be arbitration-eligible in 2015.
  • Injury news: Third baseman Alberto Callaspo could return today after missing the team's weekend series against Houston with a calf injury. SS Erick Aybar, however, will be out until at least April 25 with a bruised left heel, and is on the DL. And if you're looking for Weaver, he won't pitch - a left elbow fracture has him out until mid-May.

Twins Notes

  • Aaron Hicks leads the major leagues in strikeouts, with 20. He also is the only player in the American League who is qualified for the batting race who is hitting under .100. (He's at .047). But hey, if he gets hits in his next nine at-bats, he'll be above .200! So that's something, right?
  • Wilkin Ramirez is on three-day paternity leave, and the Twins have called up star prospect Oswaldo Arcia to replace him. Arcia had batted .414 with three home runs so far this year at Rochester, and there are plenty of fans hoping that he'll stick in the big leagues.
  • Tim Wood pitched two innings on Saturday in extended spring training, and is getting closer to a return. Cole De Vries played catch the same day, but who knows when he'll be ready to return - or if there will even be a rotation spot available when he does come back.