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Game 25: Brewers at Twins

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Rich Hill is back on the hill

MLB: St. Louis Cardinals at Minnesota Twins
This is an image from Rich Hill’s only other start in a Twins uniform.
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First Pitch: 7:10p Central
Television: FOX Sports North
Radio (English): WCCO 830 AM, Treasure Island Baseball Network, KMNB 102.9 FM “The Wolf”
Radio (Spanish):
Know Thine Enemy: Brew Crew Ball

The Minnesota Twins are back on a heater, having won three in a row and five out of their last six.

Strangely, the last six Twins games have ended with the winning club scoring exactly four runs. The mighty Bomba Squad from 2019 has indeed shown that they can still win that way — they’re still sixth in the majors in home runs this year — but has displayed something of a confidence and comfort in winning in a variety of ways.

Of course, the Twins haven’t exactly faced a murderer’s row of Cy Young candidates when it comes to opposing pitchers, either. Mike Clevinger is the closest thing to an ace when it comes to starters that they hit well, scoring four earned runs on him in four innings. They were beaten easily by Dallas Keuchel back on Opening Weekend, and were shutout by Shane Bieber. They’ve only scored more than six runs once in the past 15 days, and only Max Kepler and Nelson Cruz have notable, All-Star-caliber, individual lines through the first third of the season.

But the Twins are still 16-8 and 1.5 games ahead of the fractured, yet still-hanging-in-there (dare I say, scrappy?) Cleveland Indians.

On Wednesday, the Twins will send Rich Hill to the hill for the first time in three weeks. Hill threw 60 pitches in an appearance at the alternate site in St. Paul on Saturday, so he’ll be on regular rest and should be able to throw 70 or so against the Brew Crew.

Milwaukee will counter with lefty Brett Anderson, who is 0-2 with a 4.91 ERA. He has yet to pitch more than 4 1/3 innings in an appearance this year and has just nine strikeouts to four walks across 11 frames.

Below are your lineups, sans Luis Arraez, whose knee issue flared up again, and Max Kepler. Enjoy the game!

Today's Lineups

Ryan Braun - RF Jorge Polanco - SS
Christian Yelich - LF Mitch Garver - C
Keston Hiura - DH Nelson Cruz - DH
Jedd Gyorko - 3B Marwin Gonzalez - RF
Avisail Garcia - CF Miguel Sano - 1B
Manny Pina - C Eddie Rosario - LF
Justin Smoak - 1B Ehire Adrianza - 3B
Luis Urias - 2B Byron Buxton - CF
Orlando Arcia - SS Ildemaro Vargas - 2B
Brett Anderson - LHP Rich Hill - LHP