Ervin Santana (7-10, 3.54 ERA) and the Minnesota Twins (51-87) go up against Dillon Gee (6-7, 4.33 ERA) and the Kansas City Royals (71-66) in the second of a three-game division series at Target Field. The Royals won the last game 11-5, and Kansas City leads the series 1-0. The game starts at 8:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Sep. 6 and will air on FSKC and FSN.
In his last start, Santana pitched 5.0 innings, giving up two runs, striking out six and walking two in an 8-5 victory over the White Sox. Brian Dozier (.279, 92 Rs, 38 HRs, 91 RBIs, 13 SBs) played well again yesterday, going 3 for 5 with three runs, three home runs, and four RBIs. The Royals were unsuccessful the last time Gee pitched. He tossed 1.0 inning, allowing zero runs in a 7-6 loss to the Tigers. Eric Hosmer (.273, 70 Rs, 21 HRs, 87 RBIs, 5 SBs) has been doing well, going 2 for 3 yesterday with two runs, one home run, and four RBIs.
The Royals hold a 36-19 record against the AL Central Division this season, while the Twins have a 17-41 record against the division.
The Twins managed to give up five walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Royals who are coming in with a 14-3 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Twins are 9-70. The Royals have a 9-46 record when opponents outhit them.
Kansas City ranks near the bottom of the league at 27th when it comes to home runs, hitting 123 this season. Minnesota ranks in the top half with 169.
Ranking 30th, Kansas City is at the bottom of the league in walks, notching 329 this season. Minnesota ranks in the top half at 12th with 434.
When the Twins hit at least one home run, they are 42-49. When the Royals hit at least one homer, they have a 49-37 record.