Minnesota puts win streak on the line against Kansas City
Kansas City, Kansas; Saturday, 2:15 p.m. EDT
LINE: Twins -181; over/under is 10 1/2 runs
BOTTOM LINE: Minnesota enters the game as winners of their last five games.
The Royals are 30-44 against AL Central teams. Kansas City has a collective batting average of .247 this season, led by Whit Merrifield with an average of .301.
The Twins have gone 49-25 against division opponents. Minnesota has hit 303 home runs this season, second in the league. Nelson Cruz leads the team with 40, averaging one every 11.2 at-bats. The Twins won the last meeting 6-2. Jose Berrios earned his 14th victory and Ryan LaMarre went 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBIs for Minnesota. Eric Skoglund took his third loss for Kansas City.
Cruz leads the Twins with 40 home runs and has 107 RBIs. Miguel Sano is 10-for-35 with a double, a triple, five home runs and 13 RBIs over the last 10 games for Minnesota.
LAST 10 GAMES: Royals: 3-7, .271 batting average, 5.99 ERA, outscored by 11 runs
Twins: 8-2, .274 batting average, 4.20 ERA, outscored opponents by 16 runs