Three-game series at Minute Maid Park
Friday, 7:10 p.m. • FSN, 96.3-FM: RHP Jose Berrios (8-2, 3.53) vs. RHP Charlie Morton (6-3, 3.82)
Saturday, 6:10 p.m. • FSN, 96.3-FM: RHP Ervin Santana (10-6, 2.99) vs. RHP Joe Musgrove (4-7, 6.04)
Sunday, 1:10 p.m. • FSN, 96.3-FM: RHP Kyle Gibson (5-7, 6.31) vs. RHP Mike Fiers (5-4, 3.84)
First baseman Joe Mauer, who hasn’t played since July 4 because of a sore lower back, is scheduled to take part in the full pregame workout. If that goes well, he will be activated from the disabled list in time to face the Astros. ... Since Santana pitched an inning during the All-Star Game on Tuesday, he’s being pushed back a day in the rotation. ... The Twins are 13-10 all-time at Houston but 2-4 over the past two seasons.
Houston stormed into the break on Sunday with a 19-1 smashing of the Blue Jays, pushing their record to 60-29 — 10 games better than the next American League team. ... The Astros hit 10 home runs in the series at Target Field in May. Seven batters had an OPS of at least 1.159 in the series. ... Fiers held the Twins to two runs over six innings on May 30 despite walking three batters. ... The Astros have hit at least one double in 46 consecutive games.
La Velle E. Neal III