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Twins Vs. Brewers: Minnesota Looks To Get Back On Track Against Milwaukee

The Minnesota Twins will host the Milwaukee Brewers for a series over the weekend as they look to get back to winning after a series loss to the Phillies.

May 30, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA: Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Francisco Liriano (47) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-US PRESSWIRE
May 30, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA: Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Francisco Liriano (47) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-US PRESSWIRE

It looked good for a little while for the Minnesota Twins, who started off June on a torrid pace and won a couple of series for themselves. Unfortunately, they have started to falter back to the form that they started the season with after losing a series to the Philadelphia Phillies. They'll have a chance to get back to winning against another team on a losing streak, the Milwaukee Brewers.

In order to get a win though, the Twins will need to get a good start out of Francisco Liriano, who hasn't provided very many of those so far this season. His 1-7 record and 6.35 ERA along with a high number of walks hasn't helped his cause but his job is likely safe in a Twins rotation that is being cobbled together through a batch of injuries, most recently putting PJ Walters and Carl Pavano on the disabled list.

He'll have his work cut out for him against a tough Brewers offense starring Ryan Braun, who has hit .400 in his last nine games against the Twins.

The Brewers will send out Yovani Gallardo to the mound to face Liriano. Gallardo is 5-5 with a 4.21 ERA but has piled up strikeouts this season, with 76 going into the game against Minnesota. Gallardo faced the Twins earlier in the year and had a solid two run outing, though the Brewers eventually lost that game 5-4 in extra innings. Most of the Twins' great start -- especially on the offensive side -- to June happened at home, so this time at Target Field they'll look to clobber Gallardo far harder than they did that first time around.

The game will be at Target Field at 8:10 p.m. ET.

For more on the Minnesota Twins, check out Twinkie Town. More on the Milwaukee Brewers can be found over at Brew Crew Ball. More news and analysis on the baseball world can be found over at Baseball Nation.

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