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4:40 PM PT5:40 PM MT6:40 PM CT7:40 PM ET19:40 ET23:40 GMT7:40 4:40 PM MST6:40 PM EST7:10 PM VEN3:40 UAE (+1)6:40 PM CT, September 19, 2019
Target Field, Minneapolis, Minnesota  Attendance: 24,565

Twins face Royals, look to extend lead on Indians

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Kansas City Royals at Minnesota Twins

  1. The Twins and Royals meet for four games in Minnesota before concluding the season next weekend with three in Kansas City. The Twins are 9-3 so far in the season series, and are 19-6 in the last 25 meetings at Target Field. This is Minnesota's best 25-game home stretch against KC in franchise history.
  2. The Twins have won 13 of their last 18 against AL Central teams and are 42-24 against their own division this season. That .636 winning percentage is Minnesota's best record against its own division since posting a .653 winning percentage (47-25) in 2010 -- the last year it won the AL Central crown.
  3. With 37 home runs, Nelson Cruz leads Max Kepler by one for the most by a Twin this season. If he can hold off Kepler this will be the seventh time Cruz has led his team in home runs and for the fourth different franchise -- the most among active players.
  4. Kepler has reached base safely in all 28 home games he's played against the Royals when recording at least one official plate appearance, slashing .343/.458/.545 in those contests. The only Twin to have a longer on-base streak against KC in home games was Joe Mauer, who reached safely in 34 straight games between 2008-12.
  5. The Royals have lost five of six, plating one run or less in four of those games. They've scored a run or less in an AL-worst 32 games this season.
  6. Jorge Soler already has established a Royals franchise record with 45 homers, and he hit his 30th double of the season Wednesday. His 76 extra-base hits are the most by a Royal since Carlos Beltran had 80 in 2002.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/19/2019 thru 9/22/2019

The Minnesota Twins open their final home series of the season on Thursday night when they begin a four-game set with the Kansas City Royals at Target Field in Minneapolis.

Minnesota (93-59) holds a four-game lead in American League Central over the Cleveland Indians (89-63) with 10 games to play.

Kansas City (56-97), which has lost five of its past six games, is in fourth place, 37 1/2 games behind the Twins. However, the Royals will have a big say in whether Minnesota can win its first division title since 2010. The teams finish the season with a three-game series in Kansas City next weekend.

Minnesota is 9-3 this season against the Royals and has swept two of the four series the teams have played.

Right-hander Kyle Gibson (13-7, 4.76 ERA) will start for Minnesota in the opener against Kansas City left-hander Mike Montgomery (3-9, 4.70).

Gibson will be making his second start and third appearance since returning from a 12-day stint on the injured list caused by ulcerative colitis, a condition that saw him lose 10 pounds over a six-week period and also made it difficult for him to sleep.

Most recently, Gibson allowed two runs (one earned) in one inning of relief work at Cleveland on Sunday.

He is 9-5 with a 3.55 ERA in 21 career starts against Kansas City, including 2-0 with a 3.26 ERA in three starts this season.

Montgomery is just 1-5 with a 7.85 ERA in 17 road outings (five starts) this season but is 1-0 with a 2.77 ERA in three career appearances (two starts) against the Twins.

Both teams come in off poor offensive performances in losses on Wednesday.

Minnesota was no-hit for 5 1/3 innings and finished with just three hits against eight Chicago White Sox pitchers in a 3-1 loss. Kansas City, meanwhile, managed only four hits in a 1-0 loss at Oakland that ended on Mark Canha's two-out, walk-off double in the 11th inning.

"We're trying to play every team like that right now," Royals left fielder Alex Gordon told MLB.com. "We have a lot of young guys here trying to get experience and trying to improve so we can have a better year next year."

"We were going at 'em, man," added Royals starter Danny Duffy, who allowed just two hits and a walk over seven scoreless innings while striking out six. "The team did a really good job of matching that intensity. Overall, you're never happy coming out on the losing side, but we were pleased with our effort."

Minnesota leads the majors with a single-season record 289 home runs, one more than the New York Yankees, and is the first team in history to have five players with 30 or more home runs in a season. Nelson Cruz leads the way with 37, followed by Max Kepler (36), Eddie Rosario (31), Miguel Sano (30) and Mitch Garver (30).

Rosario had a double, Minnesota's lone extra-base hit, in the Wednesday loss. He also drove in a run with a single.

"It kind of shows you a little bit that sometimes these bullpen days can definitely be challenging to deal with," Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said of the White Sox's pitching parade. "We had our chances. We had some good pitches to hit. The at-bats were probably just OK today.

"It wasn't our best offensive night. That's definitely going to happen. Our offense has been consistently good this year. Tonight was just one of those nights."

--Field Level Media

Updated September 19, 2019

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