Three-game series at Globe Life Field
All games on BSN, 830-AM
Friday, 7:05 p.m.: RHP Jose Berríos (7-2, 3.49 ERA) vs. RHP Mike Foltynewicz (1-7, 5.48)
Saturday, 3:05 p.m.: RHP Randy Dobnak (1-6, 8.38) vs. LHP Kolby Allard (2-2, 2.91)
Sunday, 1:35 p.m.: RHP Kenta Maeda (2-2, 5.01) vs. RHP Dane Dunning (2-5, 4.57)
This will be the Twins' first visit to the Rangers' new ballpark, which opened last year, when Texas only played teams from the AL and NL West during its 60-game schedule. … The Twins' injury parade continued when 3B Josh Donaldson (calf) and SS Andrelton Simmons (ankle) left Wednesday's victory at Seattle. CF Byron Buxton (hip), RF Max Kepler (hamstring) and C Mitch Garver (groin) are on the injured list. … DH Nelson Cruz has reached base in 12 consecutive games by hitting .390 with four HR. … The Twins are second in MLB in homers with 99, four behind Toronto entering Thursday. Twins pitchers have given up 102 home runs, second most in baseball. … The Twins haven't listed a Saturday starter, but Dobnak didn't pitch against the Mariners and seems a likely candidate.
After losing 16 of its past 19 games, Texas joins the Twins as two of the five MLB teams with a winning percentage below .400. … The Rangers come home after losing 19 of the past 20 on the road, including 16 in a row, which isn't even the longest active road losing streak in the majors because of the Diamondbacks' MLB-record 23-game slide. … Foltynewicz is winless in his past eight starts. … The Rangers pitching staff has a 5.31 ERA over the past 29 games. … CF Adolis Garcia leads the team with 16 HR and 46 RBI. … Ex-Twins RHP Kyle Gibson (4-0, 2.09 ERA in 13 starts) is the only MLB player who is unbeaten with more than 10 starts, but he won't pitch in this series. … LF David Dahl (ribs) is out.