The Minnesota Twins and Texas Rangers will play the second game of a four-game set Tuesday night at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington

Minnesota Twins at Texas Rangers

The Texas Rangers are averaging 8.2 runs in their last 11 games in Arlington

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The Detroit Tigers and Minnesota Twins start an important four-game series in the American League Central race at Target Field Thursday night

Detroit Tigers at Minnesota Twins

Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer is batting .356 in his career against Detroit Tigers SP Justin Verlander

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The Minnesota Twins and Tampa Bay Rays are both struggling on offense in the early going this season and match-up for a three-game series starting today

Minnesota Twins at Tampa Bay Rays

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The Minnesota Twins kick off the regular season north of the border against the Toronto Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre

Minnesota Twins at Toronto Blue Jays

The Toronto Blue Jays kick off the 2011 season by hosting the Minnesota Twins

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American League division leaders square off in the second game of a crucial series at the Ballpark in Arlington.

Minnesota Twins at Texas Rangers

Minnesota was nearly no-hit in a 4-0 road loss to the Rangers at the Ballpark in Arlington last night, but the team has still won eight of 11 and 21 of 28 games.  The Twins carry a 4 1/2-game lead into tonight’s contest and hopes for a better offensive performance in the second game of the series, as they were one-hit for the 24th time in club history on Monday. “You definitely don’t want to get no-hit,” All-Star catcher Joe Mauer said.  “It’s nice to get a hit up there but we want runs.”  The club is now 17-7 against the AL West division and will look to improve upon its 11-7 mark on Tuesdays this evening.  The staff ERA of 2.76 against the division is the lowest of any American League team and the team was 19-21 versus the division in 2009.  Minnesota is a solid 14-7 in August (+610) and the total is 10-11 O/U in those contests.  The Twins have played six games after being shutout this season, posting an even 3-3 mark (-210) and a 9-9 record over the last three years (-160).

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The Twins have a season-high lead in the AL Central coming into tonight’s contest, as they look to deliver an early knockout blow to the White Sox at Target Field.

Chicago White Sox at Minnesota Twins

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The third game of this crucial AL Central series may be a low-scoring affair based on some critical numbers.

Chicago White Sox at Minnesota Twins

Chicago will try to bounce back from its first loss in nearly two weeks, after committing four errors in a 7-4 loss last night to Minnesota.  The White Sox have still one 26 of their last 32 games, but have fallen to 3-4 in the season series against their division rivals.  Six of the seven games between the two foes have been decided by a single run.  The club is 13-5 in their last 18 road games and 23-20 away from U.S. Cellular Field on the season (+660).  In 12 July games, Chicago stands at 10-2 (+930) and the total is 5-7 O/U.

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The Blue Jays are easily the best home underdog on Tuesday’s MLB card.

Minnesota Twins at Toronto Blue Jays

Minnesota gets no break in traveling up north for a series against the Toronto Blue Jays, with the club carrying a disappointing 8-12 mark against the AL East division.  The Twins also currently stand at 18-21 on the road this season (-210) and have dropped 13 of their last 19 away from Target Field.  Offensively, the lineup will be led by the All-Star combination of catcher Joe Mauer and first baseman Justin Morneau.  Mauer is hitting .388 in his last 14 games against the Blue Jays, while Morneau is a sizzling .354 with seven home runs and 26 RBIs in his last 25 meetings.  Minnesota is an even 1-1 on artificial turf this season – the surface of the team’s old home the Metrodome.

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Mets 3B David Wright looks to continue terrorizing American League pitchers in Game 2 of this interleague series.

Minnesota Twins at New York Mets

Minnesota has now lost four straight games for the first time this season, but manager Ron Gardenhire is not one to panic, “These guys are feeling it a bit right now, they’re disappointed.  It’s a long season and we’ve got to keep grinding.”  The Twins are 2-5 on its current road trip and have gone 8-17 in their last 25 games away from Target Field.  The starting rotation has struggled on the road, posting a 17-20 record and 5.49 ERA compared to a 23-13 mark and 3.37 ERA at home.  The Twins face former teammate Johan Santana this afternoon, as they were 3-0 with him on the mound versus the Mets during his tenure in Minnesota.  The club is a disappointing 7-9 in interleague action (-260), but has still posted the third-best all-time mark at 139-105 against the NL.

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