MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JULY 14: Tsuyoshi Nishioka #1 and Ben Revere #11 of the Minnesota Twins celebrate scoring with Danny Valencia #19 of the Minnesota Twins in the seventh inning against the Kansas City Royals on July 14, 2011 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Twins defeated the Royals 8-4. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
Kansas City will host the Minnesota Twins for a three game set in a battle of teams at the bottom of the AL Central.
While the Detroit Tigers and Chicago White Sox face off in a battle for the top of the AL Central over the weekend, there will be a similar slugfest going on to decide who will be at the bottom of the division. The fifth place Minnesota Twins will face the fourth place Kansas City Royals in a three game set starting on Friday.
Fortunately, the Twins will be meeting the Royals at Kauffman Stadium, where the Royals hold the worst home record in the league by far at 16-28. If the Twins are going to leave the Central's basement, this weekend's series would seem to be the right series to do it in.
Minnesota will send Nick Blackburn (4-5, 8.10 ERA) to the mound for game one. Nick has been battered and beaten badly in his past few games, but isn't doing all that much better than anyone else in the dismal Twins rotation. The Royals are also facing rotation problems, and will send Luke Hochevar (6-8, 5.16 ERA) out for game one.
The game will be at Kauffman Stadium at 8:10 p.m.
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