Minnesota Twins vs Kansas City Royals: 3 Players to Watch

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The Minnesota Twins started the season 1-6. They were swept by the Detroit Tigers to start the season. They were outscored 22-1 in Detroit. Things didn’t look much better in their home opener against the Kansas City Royals. The Twins committed a number of defensive miscues and lost 12-3.

The Twins have since responded by winning four of five, including two-in-a-row against the Royals. The Twins will look to pick up their third straight series win when they head to Kauffman Stadium to take on the Royals.

Players to Watch

1. Kyle Gibson will get the ball in the first game of the series. Gibson has a good track record against the Royals. In four career starts against the Royals, Gibson is 4-0 with a  1.38 earned run average. His last start came against the Royals. He gave up one run on nine hits in 6.2 innings pitched. Gibson will look to continue his dominance over the Royals tonight.

2. Torii Hunter has seen his batting average climb from .130 to .225 since being moved to the number two spot in the Twins lineup. He’s had one hit in each game since the move, including his first home run in a Twins uniform since September 8th, 2007. Hunter will look to stay hot at Kauffman Stadium.

3. Danny Santana got the day off yesterday. Santana is coming off a game in which he struck out three times. In 41 at bats Santana has struck out 13 times. The last time Paul Molitor gave Santana the day off he responded the next day with a two hit performance. Santana needs to work the count more and be more focused at the dish.

After a rough first week of the season the Twins had a very good second week of the season. Now they head back out on the road and they need to prove they can play at a high level away from Target Field.

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