Jul 9, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; Minnesota Twins pitcher Kyle Gibson (44) throws against the Seattle Mariners during the first inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Rays vs Minnesota Twins Series Preview

The Minnesota Twins return home following the 2014 Major League All Star Game coming off series wins over both the Seattle Mariners as well as the Colorado Rockies.  Winners of five of their last six games, the Twins will look to keep the momentum going.  A strong push through July could set the Twins up for a strong end of the season.

Coming into town is the AL East Tampa Bay Rays.  The Twins have fared well against the AL East this year and will look to handle the Rays.  For Tampa Bay, this season has been anything but characteristic.  Normally a strong pitching team with solid prospects, the Rays have struggled on the mound and have shown a complete lack of offense.

For the Rays,they will be looking to continue their climb back up the AL East standings.  Current winners of six of their last ten games, and riding a modest two game winning streak, the Rays will rely on pitching matchups to best the Twins.

Looking at the pitchers, Friday will featured Alex Cobb for the Rays and Kyle Gibson going for the Twins.  On Saturday, the Rays will run David Price out to the mound, in what could be one of his last starts, and a potential audition for a new team.  The Twins will send Kevin Correia, currently pitching very well, to oppose him.  The final game Sunday will pit Chris Archer of Tampa Bay against the Twins Phil Hughes.

While the most lopsided matchup looks like the middle game for the Twins, Correia, as mentioned, has pitched extremely strong of late.  David Price has also been fairly hittable this year, and has been hurt by the lack of offense.

Minnesota will look to continue to ride a warming Kendrys Morales bat as well as looking to Chris Parmelee for some offense.

The Twins find themselves with a perfect opportunity following the mid season break, it’s going to be up to them to see what they can do with it.

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