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Twins Vs. Phillies Preview: Minnesota Tries To Keep Rolling In Game Two Against Cole Hamels

The Minnesota Twins are on a roll, and would certainly like to keep that going. Sure, they're 25-35 on the season with a 12-18 mark at home, but that record was a whole lot worse back at the end of May, when they lost five-straight games, including a sweep against the Detroit Tigers. Now, they've won four-straight series, including a sweep of the Oakland Athletics to wrap up May, and they've taken game one against the Philadelphia Phillies in their three-game set.

They'll try to make it two games to build a winning streak, as they lost game three of a three-game set against the Chicago Cubs 8-2 after winning games one and two with 19 runs combined. Game one against the Phillies saw the Twins go up 5-0 by the start of the third inning with two homeruns. Inning four saw the Phillies just about catch up by making it 5-4, but Minnesota put it further out of reach by the sixth, making it 8-4.

Philadelphia wouldn't quit though, and they came within one again in the sixth with a score of 8-7, but Minnesota put it away with runs in the sixth and seventh innings, winning that one 11-7. Now, the Phillies will send the very solid Cole Hamels to try and right the ship. He's 8-3 on the season with a stellar 2.94 earned-run average, but was handed a loss in his last outing.

He did pitch well in that outing though, giving up three runs over six innings against the Dodgers on June 7. His counter will be P.J. Walters, who is 2-1 on the season with a 4.42 ERA. He's coming off a worse outing, giving up five runs over five innings against the Cubs on June 8, but was given a no decision as the Twins played well around him.

Game two is set for 8:10 p.m. Wednesday.

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