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Game XLI: Twins at Orioles

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The House that (Billy) Ripken built.
The House that (Billy) Ripken built.
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First Pitch: 6:05 PM Central Time at Camden YardsTV: FSN Radio: Go 96.3 , TIBNSBN Adversary: Camden Chat

Tonight the Twins ride into Baltimore to kick off a quick three game road trip against the Orioles. Our fifth place fourth place third place second place FIRST PLACE(technically) Twins look to gain some ground on the Indians and the rest of the Central Division after taking two of three games at home against the Royals. The Orioles sit just a half game back of the Yankees in the also tight Eastern Division.

In what could be a classic pitching duel for the ages (you never know) the Orioles send Ubaldo Jimenez to the mound to square off against the Twins Kyle Gibson.

If old friend Kyle Gibson's name doesn't ring a bell then congrats to you and whatever medication did the trick. Before being demoted to AAA a little over two weeks ago Gibson struggled while posting numbers like an 8.20 ERA and 16:13 K:BB over 26.1 innings of work. But during this brief time in Rochester he was able put up some much more appealing numbers such as a 2.92 ERA and 18:5 K:BB through 12.1 innings pitched. The Twins are hoping Gibson has ironed out his early season issues and fills a starting rotation void left by the injured Phil Hughes.

Jimenez has always been an unpredictable pitcher as well. He has never lived up to his early career success since coming over to the American League from the Rockies and currently boasts a 6.52 ERA in 38.2 innings pitched. He has failed to pitch beyond the fifth inning in five of his seven starts this season and most recently gave up five runs in five innings last Wednesday to the Tigers and is occasionally now used in relief.

You can find a much more thorough statistical breakdown of tonight's matchup here.

Today's Lineups

MINNESOTA TWINS BALTIMORE ORIOLES
Brian Dozier - 2B Seth Smith - RF
Robbie Grossman - LF Adam Jones - CF
Joe Mauer - 1B Manny Machado - 3B
Miguel Sano - 3B Mark Trumbo - DH
Max Kepler - RF Chris Davis - 1B
Eduardo Escobar - DH Welington Castillo - C
Jorge Polanco - SS Trey Mancini - LF
Jason Castro - C Jonathan Schoop - 2B
Byron Buxton - CF J.J. Hardy - SS
Kyle Gibson - RHP Ubaldo Jimenez - RHP
Two teams enter.....only one team survives wins (usually). This Town Ain't Big Enough for the Both of Us

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GO TWINS GO!!