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Game 53: Brewers at Twins

Twins will face the Brew Crew tonight on a rainy Memorial Day

Minnesota Twins v Kansas City Royals
The Twins defeated the Royals 8-5 last Memorial day as Eddie had three RBI

First Pitch: 6:10 pm CT

TV: Fox Sports North

Radio: WCCO/Tresure Island Baseball Network

Know Thine Enemy: Brew Crew Ball

The Twins welcome in the Milwaukee Brewers for the first contest of a two-game set, playing tonight (weather permitting) on Memorial Day. Though I haven’t see any pictures, I believe both teams will be wearing specialized uniforms to honor America’s troops who have served as part of the United States’ armed forces.

Tonight’s pitching matchup will feature free agent acquisition Gio Gonzalez for the Brewers and Michael Pineda for the Twins. Gonzalez has actually been pretty good for the Brew Crew, sporting a 2.39 ERA in five starts. However, each of his starts have been between 5.0 and 5.2 innings, so it will be interesting to see how long he lasts tonight against the Twins.

Pineda has posted three straight quality starts, but has struggled a bit with the gopher ball. The big righty has given up 14 dingers this season, tied for the third most in the MLB. The Brewers have MLB home run leader Christain Yelich, who has 21 bombs already. Seems like a likely night for a Yelich bomb, but only time will tell.

Fortunately the Twins hit bombs (or bombas, as Eddie Rosario calls them) as well, and are currently on pace to obliterate the MLB record. CJ Cron is only Twins to have recorded a homer against Gio Gonzalez, though Jonathan Schoop (4-16) is the only member of the Twins lineup has more than four at-bats against Gonzalez. Hopefully the Twins increase their bomba total tonight at Target Field against Gonzalez.

Today's Lineups

Lorenzo Cain - CF Jorge Polanco - SS
Christian Yelich - RF Jonathan Schoop - 2B
Ryan Braun - DH C.J. Cron - 1B
Mike Moustakas - 3B Eddie Rosario - LF
Yasmani Grandal - C Miguel Sano - 3B
Ben Gamel - LF Max Kepler - RF
Keston Hiura - 2B Willians Astudillo - C
Eric Thames - 1B Luis Arraez - DH
Orlando Arcia - SS Byron Buxton - CF

Check out the Baseball Savant Preview for the game and the gamefeed (including exit velo, hit percentages and more)!