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Game 141: Twins @ Royals

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Game 141: Twins @ Royals Gamethread

Everybody needs this set of 50 former Twins and Royals great Jim Eisenreich cards..EVERYBODY!
Everybody needs this set of 50 former Twins and Royals great Jim Eisenreich cards..EVERYBODY!

First Pitch: 7:15 PM Central
TV: FSNO Radio: Go 96.3 , TIBN
Know Thine Enemy: Royals Review

Twins (73-67) vs Royals (69-70)

Ervin Santana:

Standard Pitching
Year Age Tm Lg W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF ERA+ FIP WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9 SO/W Awards
2017 34 MIN AL 14 7 .667 3.35 28 28 0 5 3 0 182.2 151 76 68 28 58 1 148 8 1 10 751 133 4.59 1.144 7.4 1.4 2.9 7.3 2.55 AS

Ian Kennedy:

Standard Pitching
Year Age Tm Lg W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF ERA+ FIP WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9 SO/W Awards
2017 32 KCR AL 4 10 .286 5.37 26 26 0 0 0 0 135.2 125 88 81 29 55 2 113 5 1 3 577 84 5.57 1.327 8.3 1.9 3.6 7.5 2.05

Game Notes: (source ~ mlb.com)

• Kennedy is trying to end a 17-start winless streak at Kauffman Stadium.

• Twins infielder Eduardo Escobar is hitting .289 vs. the Royals this season, including four home runs -- three of those came last weekend at Target Field.

• The Twins entered Thursday having scored the third-most runs of any team since the All-Star break, and part of their surge may be attributed to patience at the plate. Nearly 10 percent of all pitches seen by Minnesota hitters in the second half have been in three-ball counts, which was the highest rate of the 30 MLB clubs coming into Thursday. The Twins' .518 slugging percentage in three-ball counts since the All-Star Game ranked second to the Rangers.

If you can't drive down to the game tonight here is a video of a trip through Iowa to help you feel like you did. Featuring the BoDeans song 'Good Things'.

Today's Lineups

MINNESOTA TWINS KANSAS CITY ROYALS
Brian Dozier - 2B Whit Merrifield - 2B
Joe Mauer - 1B Lorenzo Cain - DH
Jorge Polanco - SS Melky Cabrera - RF
Eddie Rosario - LF Eric Hosmer - 1B
Byron Buxton - CF Salvador Perez - C
Max Kepler - RF Paulo Orlando - CF
Eduardo Escobar - 3B Alcides Escobar - SS
Jason Castro - C Alex Gordon - LF
Robbie Grossman - DH Ramon Torres - 3B
Ervin Santana - RHP Ian Kennedy - RHP