FOUR-GAME SERIES AT TARGET FIELD
Thursday 7:10 p.m. • FSN, 830 AM: KHP Kyle Gibson (3-6, 3.59) vs. LHP Blake Snell (12-4, 2.09)
Friday 7:10 p.m. • FSN, 830 AM: RHP Jake Odorizzi (4-6, 4.28) vs RHP Nathan Eovaldi (3-3, 3.50)
Saturday 1:10 p.m. • FSN, 830 AM: RHP Jose Berrios (9-7, 3.41) vs RHP Chris Archer (3-4, 4.41)
Sunday 1:10 p.m. • FSN, 830 AM: RHP Aaron Slegers (1-1, 5.68) vs TBA
The Twins might come up with another starter for Sunday after Slegers failed to make it out of the second inning on Tuesday. Ervin Santana is not an option, although he’s lined up to start for Class AAA Rochester that day. … This will be the first meeting between the teams since April 20-22, when the Rays swept the Twins in a three-game series in Tampa. … Brian Dozier is batting .375 over the past six games with three home runs and eight RBI. He’s homered in consecutive games for the first time since May 10 and 11 against the Angels. … Max Kepler has a seven-game hitting streak, during which he’s batting .360.
The Rays beat the Tigers 4-2 on Wednesday to improve to 48-44. Few saw that coming following an offseason in which a handful of players were traded or let go. … The Twins will run into the biggest All-Star snub in the league Thursday when they face Blake Snell. He is second in wins, second in ERA and has held opponents to a .183 batting average. … The Rays enter the series with a five-game winning streak. There’s a good chance the Rays will use relievers to get through Sunday’s game.
La VELLE E. NEAL III