American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Friday, April 27th
(All times Eastern)
Kansas City Royals (5-14) at Minnesota Twins (5-14), 8:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Kansas City - Everett Teaford (0-1, 3.86)
Minnesota - Carl Pavano (1-2, 4.73)
(Sports Network) - The two worst teams in the American League face off this
evening, as the Kansas City Royals and Minnesota Twins open a three-game set
at Target Field.
Both teams enter this matchup with identical 5-14 marks, but the Royals needed
to win the last two games of their series with the Cleveland Indians to get to
that mark and open tonight's series tied with the Twins for the last spot in
the AL Central.
On Thursday, Luis Mendoza picked up his first win of the season and Kansas
City won a series for just the second time in 2012 with a 4-2 victory over
Cleveland at Progressive Field.
Mendoza (1-2) allowed two runs on four hits over five-plus innings, and the
Royals' bullpen pitched four scoreless frames for Kansas City's first series
victory since it opened the season by taking two of three from the Angels.
"This is good for the team," Mendoza said. "After that bad homestand, we
needed to win this series."
Jonathan Broxton worked around a hit and a walk in the ninth to record his
Trying to keep the Royals in the win column tonight will be left-hander
Everett Teaford, who gets the start in place of the injured Danny Duffy. Duffy
was scratched on Thursday because of tightness in his left elbow.
Teaford has appeared in two games out of the bullpen for the Royals and is 0-1
with a 3.27 ERA in seven innings. He was 2-1 with a 3.37 ERA in three starts
at the end of last season.
"I just hope I can do what Mendoza did today and get it to our great bullpen,"
Minnesota, meanwhile, has lost five in a row after getting swept by the Boston
Red Sox, culminating with Wednesday's 7-6 loss.
Joe Mauer went 2-for-5 with a two-run single and a run scored, while Denard
Span, Alexi Casilla, Trevor Plouffe and Justin Morneau had an RBI apiece for
the Twins, who've dropped six of their last seven and have been outscored by
38 runs this season, the most in baseball. .
"We need to get some runs early and try to take some pressure off the pitching
staff," said Morneau. "We haven't done that, but there's no finger-pointing or
blaming going on. In this clubhouse it's win together, lose together."
Liam Hendriks (0-1) was shelled for seven runs on nine hits and two walks,
while fanning three in just four-plus innings.
Hoping for a better effort tonight the Twins will hand the ball to veteran
righty Carl Pavano, who is 1-2 with a 4.72 ERA. Pavano absorbed the loss on
Saturday against Tampa Bay, despite a solid effort that saw him allow three
runs (two earned) and seven hits in six innings.
Pavano is 9-7 lifetime versus the Royals with a 5.28 ERA in 18 games (17
Minnesota was 10-8 against the Royals last season.
04/27 11:08:59 ET