Kansas City visits Minnesota, looks to build on Duffy's strong showing
Minneapolis; Thursday, 7 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Royals: Mike Montgomery (3-9, 4.70 ERA) Twins: Kyle Gibson (13-7, 4.76 ERA)
LINE: Twins -256; over/under is 10 1/2 runs
BOTTOM LINE: Kansas City heads into the matchup after a strong showing by Danny Duffy. Duffy went seven innings, surrendering zero runs on two hits with six strikeouts against Oakland.
The Twins are 42-24 against AL Central opponents. Minnesota has a team on-base percentage of .336, good for fourth in the American League. Nelson Cruz leads the club with a mark of .375.
The Royals are 29-40 against teams from the AL Central. Kansas City has hit 156 home runs as a team this season. Jorge Soler leads the team with 45, averaging one every 12.4 at-bats.
Soler leads the Royals with 109 RBIs and is batting .256. Adalberto Mondesi is 11-for-38 with a double, a triple, two home runs and five RBIs over the last 10 games for Kansas City.
LAST 10 GAMES: Twins: 5-5, .250 batting average, 4.40 ERA, outscored by three runs
Royals: 3-7, .228 batting average, 5.48 ERA, outscored by 26 runs