Home Sweet Home: Twins vs. Royals 6/9

By: Kelly Thesier/MLB.com

MINNEAPOLIS — Target Field has not been a home run hitter’s haven so far, but it certainly has been a welcome place for the Twins to return to after a long roadtrip.

While the Twins offense scuffled during their trip out West last week, the club erupted for seven runs in their first game against Kansas City on Tuesday night at home and that’s been a trend for this team. The numbers for the Twins hitters at Target Field have overall been better as they’ve hit .285 with a .374 on-base percentage and .418 slugging percentage, compared with  a .252/.322/.409 split on the road.

So the Twins will try to see if they can keep that up tonight against Kansas City.

As for news, not much going on today. The Twins are waiting until Thursday to see how J.J. Hardy’s left wrist is feeling following his cortisone shot yesterday. Hardy said his wrist was a little stiff today but that’s normal following such a shot.

Orlando Hudson was back on the field running around today, but manager Ron Gardenhire said that Hudson won’t be doing any swinging over the next few days. The hope is still that Hudson will be ready to go when he’s eligible to come off the DL on June 15.

Royals (24-35)

Scott
Podsednik, LF
Jason Kendall, C
David DeJesus, DH
Billy Butler,
1B
Jose Guillen, RF
Alberto Callaspo, 3B
Mike Aviles, 2B
Mitch
Maier, CF
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS
Pitching: RHP Kyle Davies (4-4, 5.49 ERA)

Twins

(34-24)
Denard Span, CF
Matt Tolbert, 2B
Joe Mauer, C
Justin Morneau, 1B
Michael Cuddyer, RF
Jason Kubel, DH
Delmon Young, LF
Danny Valencia, 3B
Nick
Punto, SS
Pitching: RHP Carl Pavano
(5-6, 4.11 ERA)

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