MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JULY 14: Joe Mauer #7 of the Minnesota Twins hits a two-run single as Brayan Pena #27 of the Kansas City Royals catches on July 14, 2011 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Twins defeated the Royals 8-4. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
The Minnesota Twins will open a four-game set against the Kansas City Royals on Friday night.
On Friday night, the Minnesota Twins will play the first game of a four-game set against the Kansas City Royals at Target Field. Coming into the series on the back of a two-game losing streak, the Twins will look to end the slide against one of their division rivals.
Kansas City will be entering the series with a three-game winning streak where the team has outscored opponents 21-6 during that span. The Royals have scored at least five runs in their last four games and have put up eight runs in three of the four.
The projected starters for Friday night are Brian Duensing for the Twins and Luis Mendoza for the Royals. Duensing is 1-3 with a 3.82 ERA over 37.2 innings pitched in 31 appearances and one start. Mendoza is 2-4 with a 4.95 ERA over 60 innings pitched in 13 appearances, eight of which were starts.