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GameThread: Twins @ Royals, Game 139

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The Twins look to keep their playoff hopes alive in Kansas City.

Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

First Pitch: 7:10 pm CST
Radio: Go 96.3
Know Thine Enemy: Royals Review

Although Kyle Gibson was roughed up early last night, he did a great job righting the ship and giving the bullpen the night off. Not to be pessimistic, but with how much Mike Pelfrey has struggled lately, it may be a good thing that everyone is rested and ready for tonight.

Miguel Sano gets another night off, presumably more from his struggles at the plate than because of his hamstring. I'm intrigued to see Kennys Vargas hitting cleanup because he's about as close to a player like Sano as you can get with this roster. That is, if you take about 67% of the walks away as well. Trevor Plouffe also isn't in the starting lineup, so this lineup will be lacking quite a bit of power as they face Kris Medlen.

Medlen had been a solid swingman for the Atlanta Braves a few years ago, but injuries have derailed his career and he's just getting back on track now with the Royals. He's struggled a bit as a starter this year, so we'll see if he regains his old form or if it's more of the same. Today could end up being a high-scoring game with these two pitchers... or it'll be a pitcher's duel because that's how the baseball gods roll.


  1. Aaron Hicks, RF
  2. Brian Dozier, 2B
  3. Joe Mauer, DH
  4. Kennys Vargas, 1B
  5. Eddie Rosario, LF
  6. Eduardo Nunez, 3B
  7. Eduardo Escobar, SS
  8. Kurt Suzuki, C
  9. Byron Buxton, CF

SP Mike Pelfrey


  1. Ben Zobrist, 2B
  2. Alex Gordon, LF
  3. Lorenzo Cain, CF
  4. Eric Hosmer, 1B
  5. Kendrys Morales, DH
  6. Mike Moustakas, 3B
  7. Salvador Perez, C
  8. Alex Rios, RF
  9. Alcides Escobar, SS

SP Kris Medlen