The Twins swept the doubleheader in Kansas City yesterday after Friday's game was postponed and now look to Vasquez, who has not pitched in the Major Leagues since June of 2011 and is making his first appearance with Minnesota after being acquired by the club last September. This will be his first career start. As a reliever, Vasquez is 5-10 with a 4.66 ERA.
For the Royals, Luis Mendoza will take the mound. The 28-year-old right-hander is 7-9 with a 4.51 ERA on the season but was victorious against Minnesota in their last meeting, allowing three runs over 6.1 innings in a 7-3 win.
Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau carried the weight for the Twins yesterday. Mauer's grand slam carried Minnesota to victory in yesterday's night cap, while Morneau's two RBIs in the early game were the difference in the 3-1 victory.
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