The Minnesota Twins will look to cool off the Kansas City Royals, who are coming off of an unexpected three-game sweep of the Detroit Tigers, as the two teams square off in the first of a three-game series Friday night at Kauffmann Stadium.
The Twins will send right-hander Cole De Vries (3-5, 4.68 ERA) to the hill. De Vries is 1-3 in the month of August with a 6.28 ERA.
Left-hander Will Smith (4-6, 5.55 ERA) will toe the slab for the Royals. Smith has been battered a bit in his last two starts, posting an 8.31 ERA and allowing a 1.101 OPS to opposing hitters.