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GameThread: Twins @ Royals, Game 132

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The Twins send their best starting pitcher of 2014 to the mound against a former organizational prospect.

Adam Bettcher

First Pitch: 7:10 PM CST
TV: FSN
Radio: 96.3 KTWIN, TIBN
Know Thine Enemy: Royals Review

In theory, this match-up shouldn't be fair at all. The Royals were supposed to start rookie flamethrower Yordano Ventura, but thanks to some back tightness they've had to turn to former Twin Liam Hendriks instead. You may remember that Hendriks was involved in a swap of former Twins, as he was acquired about a month ago with never-Twin Erik Kratz for third baseman Danny Valencia.

Facing him is Phil Hughes, who is looking to return atop the leaderboard for wins this season. Already with 14, a win tonight would tie him with 7 other pitchers for the major league lead. It's not entirely like Brad Radke's 20 wins in 1997 for a squad that finished 68-94, but it's pretty darn similar.

Twins

  1. Danny Santana, CF
  2. Brian Dozier, 2B
  3. Joe Mauer, 1B
  4. Kennys Vargas, DH
  5. Oswaldo Arcia, RF
  6. Trevor Plouffe, 3B
  7. Kurt Suzuki, C
    Eduardo Escobar, SS
  8. Jordan Schafer, LF

SP Phil Hughes


Royals

  1. Norichika Aoki, RF
  2. Alcides Escobar, SS
  3. Alex Gordon, LF
  4. Billy Butler, 1B
  5. Salvador Perez, C
  6. Raul Ibanez, DH
  7. Mike Moustakas, 3B
  8. Christian Colon, 2B
  9. Jarrod Dyson, CF

SP Liam Hendriks