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GameThread: Twins vs. Royals, Game 83

The Twins kicked off the second half of their schedule with a win yesterday, and look to continue their success by winning the rubber game with Kansas City today.

Jim Cowsert-USA TODAY Sports

First Pitch: 12:10 PM CST


Radio: 96.3 KTWIN, TIBN

Know Thine Enemy: Royals Review

The Twins knocked around Kansas City and James Shields yesterday and hopefully they can keep their hot bats rolling against Jason Vargas today.

Kevin Correia takes the mound for the Twins, and although he had a rougher outing against the Rangers in his last start when he allowed 4 runs over 6 innings, he's been pitching better lately. He had a 3.41 ERA in June and has given up only 7 runs total over his last 4 starts, spanning 24 innings.

Opposing him is Jason Vargas, who is pretty much an identical pitcher to Correia, except that he throws with his other hand. He's going to change speeds and won't overpower anyone, so he'll need to limit the walks and keep the ball in the ballpark in order to succeed. Something interesting to note is that Vargas has pitched far worse at home (4.77 ERA) than away (1.75 ERA). It even extends beyond ERA, as hitters have battered him for a .290/.323/.478 triple-slash at Kauffman Stadium, while they've only mustered a .216/.293/.307 line in his away games. Perhaps the Twins will be able to buck this trend this afternoon.

I'll be on my way to Target Field around the time lineups are posted, so I apologize that I won't have them available.