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Twins Turn To Liriano In Quest To Sweep Rays

The Minnesota Twins will look to win their seventh game in their last eight tries and attempt to complete a sweep of the Tampa Bay Rays when the two teams meet on Wednesday afternoon at Target Field in the last game of their three game series.

Since June 1, the Twins are 21-9, the best record in the majors over that span. . .particularly impressive when you figure that there was a six-game losing streak as part of that stretch. The Twins also continue to chug along despite missing Justin Morneau, Denard Span, and Jason Kubel. On Tuesday night, the Twins survived Scott Baker leaving early with an elbow strain and another shaky outing from Matt Capps to defeat the Rays 3-2.

On Wednesday afternoon, the Twins will give the ball to left-hander Francisco Liriano (5-7, 4.76 ERA). In his last start, Liriano pitched very well against the Milwaukee Brewers, allowing two runs and four hits over seven innings of work as the Twins knocked off the Brewers 6-2. The Twins have won three of Liriano's last four starts.

The Rays will counter with right-hander Wade Davis (7-6, 4.20 ERA). Davis had a personal three-game winning streak snapped in his last start, as he allowed two runs on six hits over seven innings in the Rays' 5-3 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals. He has given up two earned runs or less in three consecutive starts, and has already beaten the Twins twice this season, allowing just three runs in 13.2 innings pitched against Minnesota.

First pitch from Target Field is scheduled for 12:10 PM Central time. You can check out the Game Thread at Twinkie Town for all of the in-game action, and be sure to check back here for the recap after the action is completed.

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