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Twins Vs. Royals: Lineups, Twins Look To Cool Off Royals

The Minnesota Twins will look to cool off the Kansas City Royals, who are coming off of an unexpected three-game sweep of the Detroit Tigers, as the two teams square off in the first of a three-game series Friday night at Kauffmann Stadium.

The Twins will send right-hander Cole De Vries (3-5, 4.68 ERA) to the hill. De Vries is 1-3 in the month of August with a 6.28 ERA.

Left-hander Will Smith (4-6, 5.55 ERA) will toe the slab for the Royals. Smith has been battered a bit in his last two starts, posting an 8.31 ERA and allowing a 1.101 OPS to opposing hitters.

Minnesota Twins

  1. Darin Mastroianni CF
  2. Jamey Carroll 2B
  3. Josh Willingham DH
  4. Justin Morneau 1B
  5. Ryan Doumit C
  6. Chris Parmelee RF
  7. Trevor Plouffe 3B
  8. Matt Carson LF
  9. Pedro Florimon C
Kansas City Royals
  1. Lorenzo Cain CF
  2. Alcides Escobar SS
  3. Alex Gordon LF
  4. Billy Butler SS
  5. Salvador Perez C
  6. Mike Moustakas 3B
  7. Jeff Francoeur RF
  8. Eric Hosmer 1B
  9. Johnny Giavotella 2B
First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. CDT at Kauffmann Stadium.

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