Goodbye June, Hello July

While May was a notable month for many of the Twins hitters, there is no question that June was so far the best month for the club as a whole. Minnesota went 15-12 in June — their first winning month this season.

The Twins batted .265 as a team in June and scored 112 runs, but what was the biggest difference? The pitching staff’s ERA which was 3.31 — after posting a 4.43 ERA in May and a 5.26 ERA in April. So there is no question that the turnaround of the pitching staff has had a big impact.

The Twins will try to start out July by picking up a win, one that would also cap off a very solid roadtrip for the club.

Brendan Harris and Jason Kubel are both on the bench for Wednesday’s contest. Harris is just 2-for-13 (.154) off Royals starter Gil Meche while Matt Tolbert is 4-for-5 (.800), so Tolbert is at second base and Nick Punto is playing shortstop today.

Kubel is 5-for-24 (.208) vs. Meche but has 10 strikeouts. So with Joe Mauer DHing, it was a good day to keep Kubel on the bench.

Here are your lineups:

Twins
Denard Span, LF
Matt Tolbert, 2B
Joe Mauer, DH
Justin Morneau, 1B
Michael Cuddyer, RF
Joe Crede, 3B
Mike Redmond, C
Carlos Gomez, CF
Nick Punto, SS
Pitching: Glen Perkins, LHP

Royals
David DeJesus, LF
Willie Bloomquist, RF
Billy Butler, 1B
Jose Guillen, DH
Mark Teahen, 3B
Alberto Callaspo, 2B
Brayan Pena, C
Luis Hernandez, SS
Mitch Maier, CF
Pitching: Gil Meche, RHP

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