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Twins Battle Dodgers In Rubber Game Of Series

The Minnesota Twins bounced back nicely from one of the worst drubbings in team history, responding to Monday's 15-0 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers by defeating L.A. by a score of 6-4 on Tuesday night at Target Field. This afternoon, the two teams will battle to see who will win this three-game set.

Minnesota hopes that right-hander Scott Baker (5-5, 3.39 ERA) can keep the positive momentum going for them this afternoon. Baker is also hoping to keep his interleague track record intact. . .in his last five home interleague starts (dating back to 2008), Baker is 4-0 with an ERA of 1.77. He has pitched 35.2 innings in that span, and has a strikeout-to-walk ratio in those games of 41/4. Baker was not great in his last start, allowing four runs on eight hits in 6.2 innings in the Twins' 4-3 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday.

The Dodgers will counter with Rubby De La Rosa (3-2, 5.26 ERA). De La Rosa started the season in the Dodgers' bullpen, but his last four appearances have come as a starter. He has lost his last two games, allowing ten earned runs on 15 hits in 10.2 innings of work in that span (along with seven walks). In his last start, he allowed five runs on nine hits in six innings while walking four, and the Dodgers lost to the Los Angeles Angels by a score of 8-3.

First pitch at Target Field is scheduled for 12:10 PM Central time, and our friends at Twinkie Town have you covered with their usual Game Thread festivities. We will have the recap right back here when everything is over with.

Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.