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  W: J. Berríos (1-0)   L: K. Gausman (0-1)
10:05 AM PT11:05 AM MT12:05 PM CT1:05 PM ET13:05 ET17:05 GMT1:05 10:05 AM MST12:05 PM EST12:35 PM VEN21:05 UAE12:05 PM CT, April 1, 2018
Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, Maryland  Attendance: 17,212

Twins turn to Berrios in rubber match vs. Orioles

According to STATS
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Minnesota Twins at Baltimore Orioles

  1. The Twins finished last season at 85-77, winning the second AL Wild Card spot before losing to the Yankees in the Wild Card game, 8-4. It was their first playoff appearance since 2010, and they became the first team to make the playoffs after losing 100+ games the season before.
  2. The Orioles were 75-87 last year, finishing in last place in the AL East. It was the first time they finished below .500 since 2011, Buck Showalter's first full season in charge. The O's were 17 games better at home than they were on the road, tied for the biggest difference in MLB.
  3. The Twins won the first five matchups between these teams last season before Baltimore took the final two. Since 2015, Minnesota is 13-7 against the Orioles, its best record against any AL opponent in that span.
  4. Jake Odorizzi has pitched more innings against Baltimore (93.2) than any other team in his career. In his last five starts against the O's, he's 2-0 with a 2.73 ERA, holding them to a .222 average and registering 8.20 strikeouts per nine innings.
  5. Dylan Bundy led Baltimore with 13 wins last season, and his 4.24 ERA led all O's starters. He averaged 6.37 runs in support per nine innings, third highest of any qualifying pitcher in MLB. Two of Bundy's nine losses last year came against the Twins.
  6. Both teams feature notable "three true outcome" players. Chris Davis either homered, struck out, or walked in 53.8 percent of his plate appearances last year, third most of any qualifying batter. Miguel Sano was right behind him at 52.8 percent.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 3/29/2018 thru 4/1/2018

The Minnesota Twins bounced back from a season-opening loss to the Baltimore Orioles and can pick up a key series win Sunday.

Just two days after losing 3-2 on a game-winning home run by Adam Jones in the 11th inning, Minnesota breezed past the Orioles 6-2 on a chilly night at Camden Yards. The Twins will turn to Jose Berrios, who went 14-8 last year, to leave Baltimore on a positive note.

Minnesota manager manager Paul Molitor said optimism is riding high with the team's revamped lineup and pitching staff. Berrios has enjoyed some success in his young career against Baltimore, going 2-0 with a 4.67 ERA in three career starts.

"I can tell that the guys are excited to get going and see what lies ahead for us throughout the next six months," Molitor said. "It's think it would be awfully fun to be part of that clubhouse right now."

The Twins' bats came alive against Baltimore starter Andrew Cashner, who was making his Orioles debut after being signed as a free agent from Texas in the offseason. Cashner allowed six hits and five runs over just five innings. Cashner also surrendered three homers, one shy of his career-high.

"It's frustrating. It's a small park," Cashner said. "A few of those balls, if they go a couple of inches in or away, it's an out. But it just comes down to making better pitches. I was surprised my sinkers didn't run more."

Orioles right-hander Kevin Gausman, who is a notorious slow starter, will take the mound Sunday. He is 2-3 with a 5.88 ERA in 15 career appearances in the month of April. Gausman is also 0-2 with a 6.75 ERA in five career starts against the Twins.

Baltimore's bats were quiet Saturday night and did not get a hit against Minnesota starter Kyle Gibson through six innings. Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop broke up the no-hitter when he managed a single up the middle against reliever Ryan Pressly.

"He made a change in his approach a little bit, some things that he did when he went down last year and came back, and it really helped him in the second half and carried over in the spring," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said about Gibson. "Changeup, sharp breaking ball, some ride on the fastball. He had all three pitches there and really he kind of changed the tilt a little bit on his breaking ball now and then.

"He had everything working. He had all the pitches in the hitter's mind, so you had to honor all of them. You could see early on, especially as cool as it is, especially being able to pitch on the inner half a lot."

Orioles first baseman Chris Davis batted leadoff for the second straight game and went 0-for-5. He is 0-for-9 so far and could move down in the lineup Sunday for the finale.

Baltimore did get some good new with left-handed reliever Zach Britton, who ran Friday for the first time since undergoing surgery on his right Achilles tendon. Designated hitter Mark Trumbo, who is out with a quad strain, is also on schedule to take batting practice Monday. If there are not setbacks, he could appear in a spring training game on April 6.

Minnesota right-handed Phil Hughes, who is on the disabled with a left oblique strain, is also making progress. He pitched four innings Saturday in a Triple-A spring training game. Hughes could pitch again for Single-A Fort Myers on April 5.

Updated April 1, 2018

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