Minnesota Twins Head to Kansas City for Important Four-Game Series
By Brennen Rupp
The Minnesota Twins head into their four-game series with the Kansas City Royals with a 41-37 record. They are currently five games back of the Royals for first place in the American League Central. Throw in the fact that Miguel Sano, the Twins number two overall prospect will be making his big league debut and that free agent prize, Ervin Santana is scheduled to make his first start in a Twins uniform in the series final; I ask you, ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED?!
The Twins are 3-6 against the Royals this season. The last time the two teams met the Royals swept the Twins in a three-game series at Target Field. The Twins will be looking for payback in what will be an important series for the Twins. If the Twins get swept this series it will push them nine games back of the Royals.
Three Players to Watch
1. Are you sick of the Miguel Sano talk yet? Where Sano will be playing and hitting is a mystery, but we will find out soon. The power hitting third baseman will likely be the Twins designated hitter in his big league debut. Sano hit 15 home runs for Double-A Chattanooga.
2. Ervin Santana is scheduled to make his first start in a Twins uniform Sunday afternoon in the series finale. In his final tuneup start for Triple-A Rochester, Santana pitched eight shutout innings. In three starts he pitched 20.2 innings and gave up four earned runs.
3. Joe Mauer is currently hitting .262 with four home runs and 39 RBIs. This year he’s hitting .364 at Kauffman Stadium. If the Twins are going to stay in the middle of the playoff race in the American League they need Mauer to raise his average and start hitting those opposite field doubles.
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