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  W: M. Gonzalez (7-7)   L: T. May (0-4)
4:05 PM PT5:05 PM MT6:05 PM CT7:05 PM ET19:05 ET23:05 GMT7:05 4:05 PM MST6:05 PM EST6:35 PM VEN3:05 UAE (+1)6:05 PM CT, August 29, 2014
Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, Maryland  Attendance: 27,464

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Minnesota Twins at Baltimore Orioles

  1. Thursday's 11-5 win over Kansas City was Minnesota's third 10+ run game since August 22. No other team has scored in double digits more than once over that span.
  2. Jordan Schafer swiped his 10th base with the Twins on Thursday in just his 21st game with the club. In terms of games played, Schafer is the fastest player in Twins history (since 1961) to reach 10 career stolen bases with the team (Carlos Gomez was previously the fastest, doing so in 22 games in 2008).
  3. J.J. Hardy had no home runs through June 20 of this season, but since June 21 he has hit eight -- tied for second most in the majors among shortstops over that span (Jimmy Rollins, 9; Jhonny Peralta, 8).
  4. Baltimore's bullpen has held opponents to a .178 batting average in August, the lowest for the O's bullpen in a calendar month (excluding March/October) since June 1979 (.175).
  5. Miguel Gonzalez is holding opposing 3-4-5 hitters to a combined .209 batting average over his career, second lowest among all active MLB pitchers (minimum 50 starts) behind Jarrod Parker (.202).
  6. In his brief MLB career thus far, opponents are batting .517 (15/29) against Trevor May with runners on base, compared to .273 (9/33) with the bases empty.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 8/29/2014 thru 9/1/2014

By NOEY KUPCHAN

STATS Writer

(AP) -- Getting back home has made all the difference for the AL East-leading Baltimore Orioles.

Baltimore tries to stay hot Friday night in the first of four against the last-place Minnesota Twins.

The Orioles (76-56) have been especially good at Camden Yards over the last two months, going 18-6 to post the league's best home record since June 30. After closing a 4-5 road trip with three straight defeats to the Chicago Cubs, Baltimore took three of four from Tampa Bay to open an 11-game homestand.

Steve Pearce homered again and J.J. Hardy delivered a tiebreaking RBI single in the seventh inning in Thursday's 5-4 victory. Pearce is batting .333 with five homers, five doubles and 11 runs scored during an 11-game hitting streak.

"To win a four-game series in the division, that's huge," reliever Andrew Miller said after picking up the victory. "Hopefully we can carry some momentum out of that."

While the Orioles would appear to have a big edge over the Twins (59-74), they dropped two of three at Minnesota from May 2-4. Joe Mauer has hit .448 with five extra-base hits and seven RBIs as the Twins have taken five of the last eight meetings.

Minnesota had lost four in a row and eight of 11 before breaking through with Thursday's 11-5, 10-inning win at Central-leading Kansas City. Brian Dozier and Jordan Schafer combined for six hits and seven RBIs as the Twins bounced back from consecutive one-run efforts.

"We hung in there and finally had the big inning," said manager Ron Gardenhire, whose team went 8 for 17 with runners in scoring position. "It was a nice win for us after two tough losses."

Dozier has hit safely in seven straight, going 10 for 25 with five doubles, eight RBIs, nine runs and nine walks.

Minnesota's Trevor May (0-3, 8.79 ERA) hasn't seen anything go his way since getting called up Aug. 9. Opponents are hitting .387 against the right-hander, who's posted a 2.67 WHIP in losing each of his first three starts.

May was tagged for five runs and 11 hits over 5 1-3 innings as the Twins fell 8-6 in Game 2 of Saturday's doubleheader against Detroit. He threw 99 pitches and didn't allow a walk, a good sign after issuing 11 in his first two starts spanning 6 2-3 innings.

"I felt comfortable throwing the ball over the plate, and not giving up any free passes was definitely a plus," he told MLB's official website. "From here, it's about stringing those zeros together and getting some 'Ws' in the win column."

May will be opposed by Miguel Gonzalez (6-7, 3.75), who lost 2-1 at the Cubs on Sunday. He allowed both runs and six hits over 6 1-3 innings in his first start following a two-week minor league stint.

Gonzalez, 2-2 with a 2.49 ERA over his last seven outings, has yielded two runs or fewer in all but one of those appearances. He gave up three runs, six hits and a season high-tying four walks over 4 2-3 innings in his only career appearance against Minnesota, a 5-2 defeat May 4.

Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe is 5 for his last 35 on the road. However, he's a career .318 hitter against the Orioles, his highest mark against any AL club.

Updated August 29, 2014

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