Sep 1, 2014; Baltimore, MD, USA; Minnesota Twins pitcher Phil Hughes (45) pitches during the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Angels vs Minnesota Twins Series Preview

The Minnesota Twins are fresh of a split with the AL Central rival Chicago White Sox.  Although it was a short and sweet two game series, the Twins were able to take the second game.  Now the Twins welcome in the Los Angeles Angels, one of the best teams in baseball, for a four game series.

In game one tonight at Target Field, the Twins will give the ball to Kyle Gibson.  He will be opposed by Hector Santiago of the Angels.  For Gibson, he will look to find consistency once again.  Last time out, he posted a solid start against the Orioles, but was only able to last five innings.  Santiago has been sharp for the Angels posting a 1.19 ERA across his last four starts.

Game two will feature Ricky Nolasco against the Angels stud rookie, Matt Shoemaker.  Nolasco was bad once again in his last outing,  He has been pitching hurt a lot of the year, unfortunately there just hasn’t been much good for the free agent acquisition.  Shoemaker is 14-4 on the season with a 3.14 ERA, he will look to continue his roll Friday night.

On Saturday and Sunday for the Angels, there has been no announced pitching probables yet.  For the Twins Phil Hughes will take the mound on Saturday.  Tommy Milone was scheduled to start for the Twins on Sunday but has since been scratched with “tired arm.”  Logan Darnell looks like the most likely option for the Twins to replace him.

Hughes has been on a great run of late, while “tired arm” is a convenient way to say that Milone has redefined terrible.  Since coming over to the Twins, he has given up 21 runs in 21 innings.  Darnell was a September call up and has made starts already this season for the Twins.

Look for the Twins to struggle against a simply better team over the weekend.  With the Glen Perkins bobblehead giveaway on Saturday, that very well may be the highlight.  The Twins should win Hughes’ start, but that may be the lone victory, dropping the series three games to one.

First pitch from Target Field tonight is scheduled for 7:10 pm central time.

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