The Twins' pitching has betrayed them lately, giving up 41 runs over their last six games. Then again, the offense isn't pulling its weight either: The Twins have 22 runs during that stretch.
Jason Marquis will start for Minnesota. He has two starts on the year and is 1-0 with a 7.25 ERA. Last time out, against the Red Sox, he pitched 6.1 innings and gave up 11 hits and five earned runs.
Soft-tosser Bruce Chen will be on the hill for the Royals. Chen is 0-2 despite a 2.52 ERA and 17-to-4 K-to-walk ratio.
This series will determine who occupies the AL Central cellar heading into May. After three straight wins, the Royals, 6-14, are one game ahead of the 5-15 Twins.
First pitch Saturday is set for 12:10.