Series Preview: Minnesota Twins

The Twins head to Seattle atop the AL Central and winners of 7 of their last 10 games.

Safeco Field, Seattle, Wash.

Seattle (30-16, 16-9 home)
Minnesota (27-19, 14-9 road)

Friday, May 23, 7:05 p.m. FSN
Seattle: Jamie Moyer (6-2, 3.67 ERA)
Minnesota: Brad Radke (5-3, 5.60)

Saturday, May 24, 7:05 p.m. FSN
Seattle: Joel Pineiro (4-3, 3.86)
Minnesota: Kyle Lohse (3-3, 3.22)

Sunday, May 25, 5:05 p.m. ESPN
Seattle: Ryan Franklin (3-2, 3.67)
Minnesota: Rick Reed (2-5, 4.53)


Who's Hot:

Seattle:
Joel Pineiro pitched his best game of the year in his last start, giving up 2 runs and striking out 7 over 8 innings. He will be pitching on Saturday. Jamie Moyer also won his start last week, going 6.2 innings and striking out 8. Bret Boone hit .417 last week with 4 homers and had 13 RBI's. That was the second highest average next to shortstop Carlos Guillen, who hit .476. Guillen was 7-11 in the Kansas City series.

Minnesota:
The Twins' bullpen is quickly emerging as one of the finest in Major League Baseball. With ultra reliable set-up men like LaTroy Hawkins (4-0, 1.25), J.C. Romero (NR, 3.00), and closer Eddie Guardado (12, 1.83), Minnesota looks to be set for years to come. Hawkins has been the Twins main set-up man, being utilized mostly in the seventh and eighth innings. Romero's stats are a little deceiving considering he has been the Twins primary situational pitcher, getting key outs in big wins over the past weeks. "Everyday" Eddie Guardado has sustained his status as one of the leagues top closer's, and is currently tied for second in the American League with 12 saves. As far as hitting goes, Torii Hunter hit .320 with two homers and eight RBIs over the last week.

Who's Not:

Seattle:
John Olerud attempted to break out of his slump as he hit .313 over the past week, however he had no RBIs and only 3 runs scored. Jeff Cirillo had a rough last 7 days with only 2 hits and no RBI's. The third baseman also has battled nagging back and wrist injuries.

Minnesota:
Shortstop Christian Guzman is only hitting .167 over the last week. Even still, he leads the AL with seven triples on the season. Pitcher Rick Reed lost his only start in the past seven days, allowing 3 runs and 11 hits over 6 innings.


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