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  W: M. Pérez (3-0)   L: A. Cobb (0-2)
5:10 PM PT6:10 PM MT7:10 PM CT8:10 PM ET20:10 ET0:10 GMT8:10 5:10 PM MST7:10 PM EST7:40 PM VEN4:10 UAE (+1)7:10 PM CT, April 26, 2019
Target Field, Minneapolis, Minnesota  Attendance: 23,658

Twins welcome Orioles as both coming off good stretches

According to STATS
According to STATS

Baltimore Orioles at Minnesota Twins

  1. The Orioles picked up their 10th win of the season and the series victory over the White Sox with a 4-3 win on April 24. Baltimore did not win its 10th game last season until May 10 (were 10-27 at the time).
  2. After winning the first four games of their six-game road trip, the Twins have lost their last two games, both against the Astros. Minnesota batted .318 and averaged 8.8 runs per game over the first four games of its road trip, then batted .156 and averaged 2.5 runs over the final two games.
  3. Including a three-game sweep earlier this month, the Twins have won nine consecutive games against the Orioles, their longest active win streak against any opponent.
  4. In his most recent start, Alex Cobb allowed nine earned runs over 2.2 innings against the Twins on April 20. Cobb's game score for that start was 4, the lowest in a start by any pitcher this season.
  5. Nelson Cruz batted .385 with two home runs in the Twins' three-game series against Baltimore earlier this month. Cruz is a career .355 hitter against the O's, the third-highest by any player since the team moved to Baltimore in 1954 (Miguel Cabrera - .366, Marty Barrett - .363) (min. 250 PA vs. Bal).
  6. Trey Mancini leads the Orioles in batting average (.337), runs (23), and is tied for the lead in home runs (6). Mancini is the only American League player this season leading his team in all three categories.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 4/26/2019 thru 4/28/2019

The Baltimore Orioles come to Minnesota for a weekend series after having taken two of three from the Chicago White Sox and getting the kind of all-around play that's been hard to find so far this season.

Meanwhile, the Twins are coming back home after a 4-2 road trip, and three of the wins were in Baltimore last weekend.

So, when the teams meet up in Minnesota on Friday night, the Orioles will see if they can keep finding the timely hitting and good pitching that let them win two in a row versus the White Sox.

The Twins will want to keep building off of their recent success, especially when they played the Orioles last weekend.

Minnesota banged out 11 homers in last Saturday's doubleheader sweep of the Orioles, a big reason the Twins scored victories of 6-5 and 16-7.

In that doubleheader, Eddie Rosario had five hits, three of which were homers. Teammate Jonathan Schoop, a former Oriole, finished with two homers and four hits.

Alex Cobb (0-1, 11.88) goes for the Orioles while Martin Perez (2-0, 5.31) starts for the Twins in the series opener. This is the same matchup from the nightcap of that doubleheader when Cobb allowed nine runs on 10 hits in 2 2/3 innings, including three homers.

Cobb now has a 2-2 record and a 6.75 ERA in five starts against Minnesota.

Perez gave up four runs on six hits through six innings and earned the victory, and the Twins helped him by bashing eight of those homers.

He is 3-4 with a 5.44 ERA in his eight career starts against the Orioles.

The Twins just lost two of three to Houston on the road, the last one being a 7-1 decision Wednesday where veteran Justin Verlander beat them. He held Minnesota to one run in eight innings, that coming on a Jorge Polanco homer.

The Twins called up Kohl Stewart to start that game and then sent him back to Triple-A Rochester after the game.

Home runs were big for the Twins on the trip as they finished with 15 overall and averaged nearly seven runs per game.

"I thought it was a very good trip," Twins manager Rocco Baldelli told MLB.com. "Obviously, coming (to Houston), it is a difficult place to play and it's against a good team, but I think our guys battled pretty well ... obviously, we want to win every game, but overall, it was a very, very solid trip."

The Orioles will be hoping for more success against the Twins in Minnesota than they had in Baltimore last weekend.

John Means gave the Orioles another strong start Wednesday, got the win, and might be the team's biggest surprise this season. He developed a strong change-up and uses that in a big way, a major reason he's 3-2 with a 1.74 ERA.

Stevie Wilkerson hit his first career homer in the win. The Orioles were without first baseman Chris Davis in the last game, but manager Brandon Hyde told the media it would be a one-game absence.

"He had to miss (the game)," Hyde said. "He had a personal matter. We had a two-man bench, and we made it through ... he's going to meet us in Minnesota. Everything's good on that front."

The Orioles also made a minor move, trading pitcher Mike Wright to Seattle for a minor-league infielder. Wright had been designated for assignment on Sunday, and the Orioles received Ryne Ogren, who was then assigned to Class A Delmarva.

--Field Level Media

Updated April 25, 2019

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