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Game 18: Twins at Royals

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TWINS GO TWINS

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First Pitch: 1:10pm CDT
TV: FS-N
Radio: K-TWIN, TIBN
Know Thine Enemy: Royals Review

Pre-Game Notes

  • Minnesota has claimed outfielder Sam Fuld.
  • The Twins are still running with a three-man bench. Today's backups are Chris Herrmann, Darin Mastroianni, and Pedro Florimon.
  • Josh Willingham will be eligible to be reinstated from the disabled list in two days.
  • Billy Butler has a career .927 OPS versus Phil Hughes, but the current collection of Royals have only hit .236/.292/.416 against him in 89 at-bats.
  • Hughes has been susceptible to the big inning this season, and it's wrecked more than yesterday's game for the team. If he continues to leave his fastball up in the zone, it'll continue to get crushed.
  • Yordano Ventura is off to one hell of a start this spring. I'm sure he's due for a klunker.

Today's Lineups

MINNESOTA TWINS KANSAS CITY ROYALS
Brian Dozier - 2B Norichika Aoki - RF
Joe Mauer - 1B Omar Infante - 2B
Trevor Plouffe - 3B Eric Hosmer - 1B
Chris Colabello - RF Salvador Perez - C
Jason Kubel - LF Alex Gordon - LF
Josmil Pinto - DH Billy Butler - DH
Kurt Suzuki - C Mike Moustakas - 3B
Aaron Hicks - CF Justin Maxwell - CF
Eduardo Escobar - SS Alcides Escobar - SS
Phil Hughes - RHP Yordano Ventura - RHP