Twins vs Angels: Battle of American League Contenders


The Minnesota Twins continue their west coast tour tonight against the hottest team in baseball, the Los Angeles Angels.

The Angels have won five straight games and eight of their last 10 games. The Twins have lost two straight games and will look to get back into the win column tonight by snapping the Angels winning streak.

Three Players to Watch

  1. Kyle Gibson will get the start in the series opener. The month of July has been good to Gibson; he is 3-0 with a 0.86 earned run average. In his second full season as a starter Gibson has turned into the Twins most reliable starter. He’s only given up four or more runs in a start three times. Each time he is on the mound he gives his team a chance to win. He may not have overpowering stuff, but there is no doubt that he is the ace of the staff.
  2. Ervin Santana will make his fourth start for the Twins in the series finale Thursday. Santana picked up his first win in a Twins uniform in his last start against the Oakland Athletics. Santana looked sharp, pitching 7.2 scoreless innings.
  3. A year after being an All-Star, Kurt Suzuki has been a disappointment. The Twins catcher is hitting .227 with three home runs a year after hitting .288. With the trade deadline approaching the Twins could look to upgrade the catcher position or at least add a reliable backup catcher.

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