After dropping four straight games, the Minnesota Twins finally salvaged a victory on Sunday afternoon, taking down the Tampa Bay Rays, 4-2. The Twins could have won three of four in the series with the Rays rather than dropping three of the four had the bullpen not imploded at a most inopportune time, but new closer Matt Capps made the lead stand up on Sunday and allow the Twins to avoid getting swept.
Now, the Twins continue their road trip against a team that is struggling as badly as they are in the Baltimore Orioles. After getting off to a 6-1 start on the season, the Orioles have dropped their last seven ball games, including getting swept by the Cleveland Indians over the weekend. Of course, the fact that the Orioles are struggling might not mean very much. . .after all, prior to this weekend's series, the Rays hadn't won a game at home yet and had won only one of their first nine ball games overall.
This will be a four-game set at Camden Yards with the Orioles, and the series will get underway on Monday, with the first pitch scheduled for 6:05 PM Central time. The pitching match-ups, as of now, look like this:
Monday - Francisco Liriano (0-3, 9.42 ERA) vs Chris Tillman (0-1, 7.30)
Tuesday - Carl Pavano (1-1, 3.60) vs Jake Arrieta (1-1, 7.04)
Wednesday - Nick Blackburn (1-2, 3.06) vs Chris Britton (2-1, 2.75)
Thursday - Scott Baker (0-2, 4.50) vs Jeremy Guthrie (1-2, 3.32)
All games are slated for 6:05 PM Central time starts.