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Game 146: Angels at Twins

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Minnesota begins yet another crucial series as the Angels come to Target Field for a four-game set.

Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

First Pitch: 7:10pm CDT

Radio: Go 96.3, TIBN
Know Thine Enemy: Halos Heaven

Pre-Game Notes

  • A sweep in favor of the Twins effectively ends the Angels' season.
  • The Twins taking three of four would put Minnesota four games in front of Los Angeles, all but ending the Angels' season.
  • A series split means the Twins keep their two-game lead on the Angels.
  • If Minnesota wins just one game, they'll fall be tied with the Angels.
  • A sweep in favor of the Angels puts the Twins two games down on the Angels, meaning Minnesota would have to overcome two clubs instead of just one.
  • The Angels have a special set of players at the top of their lineup, including Erick Aybar, Cole Calhoun, Mike Trout, and Albert Pujols. It's the Twins who have a more balanced lineup top to bottom, however.
  • Aaron Hicks is 2-for-5 in his career against Santiago. Both hits are home runs. Eduardo Nunez is 3-for-5 with two homers and a double. Joe Mauer is 4-for-12 with four walks.
  • Current Angels are hitting a combined .314/.369/.453 versus Tommy Milone. Let's just assume that the Milone they'll be seeing tonight isn't the same guy they've teed off on in the past.

Today's Lineups

Erick Aybar - SS Aaron Hicks - CF
Kole Calhoun - RF Brian Dozier - 2B
Mike Trout - CF Joe Mauer - 1B
Albert Pujols - DH Miguel Sano - DH
C.J. Cron - 1B Trevor Plouffe - 3B
David Freese - 3B Torii Hunter - RF
Shane Victorino - LF Eddie Rosario - LF
Chris Iannetta - C Kurt Suzuki - C
Taylor Featherston - 2B Eduardo Escobar - SS
Hector Santiago - LHP Tommy Milone - LHP