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Game 10: Royals at Twins

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Discuss tonight's game here. You've had all winter to workshop your Lorde/Royals jokes. Make it count.

gross, george
gross, george
Richard Mackson-US PRESSWIRE

First Pitch: 7:10 pm CST
TV: FSN, MLBN
Radio: TIBN, 96.3 K-TWIN
Know Thine Enemy: Royals Review
So how 'bout them Twins?

Heavers:

Bruce Chen Oh, Bruce Chen. Slop-throwing, unbeatable-if-you're-a-Twin Bruce Chen. Chen gave up just one earned run in 6 1/3 innings against the White Sox in his first start of 2014. Per MLB.com's Dick Kaegel, Jason Kubel is a lifetime .429 hitter against Chen, while Joe Mauer is a mere .208.
Kyle Gibson As the only starting pitcher who's been adequate in April, Gibson is tasked with going out and stopping the Twins' early season skid in its tracks. Of course, he still only pitched five innings in that start, but the one run and three hits allowed were especially noteworthy, given the carnage around him.

Yard Leavers (courtesy @MLBLineups):

Twins
  1. Dozier
  2. Mauer
  3. Plouffe
  4. Beautiful Cola
  5. JKPH
  6. Hosemeal
  7. Suzuki
  8. Hicksy
  9. Petey Florimon

  1. Aoki
  2. Infante
  3. Hosmer
  4. Butler
  5. Gordon
  6. Perez
  7. Moustakas
  8. Cain
  9. Escobar

Newsy Bits:

  • Ron Gardenhire will miss tonight and tomorrow's game to attend the funeral of Michael Hirschbeck, son of longtime umpire John Hirschbeck. Terry Steinbach will manage in his absence.
  • Area bus enthusiast Parker Hageman has a nice breakdown of Jason Kubel's hot start over at TwinsCentric/TwinsDaily/HouseofBonnes.

Enjoy the game, everybody!