Preview: Twins at Orioles

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Wind: SSE 6
5-Day Forecast
GAME: Minnesota Twins (59-75) at Baltimore Orioles (77-56)
DATE/TIME: Saturday, August 30 - 7:05 PM EST
WHERE: Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, Maryland
LINE: 145, -157 TOTAL: 8


Chris Davis is having a horrific season but his power stroke has done damage over the last five games as Baltimore continues its run toward the American League East crown. Davis, batting .189, hit a grand slam in the opener of a four-game series with the Minnesota Twins – the second contest is Saturday – and has three homers and seven RBIs during the recent stretch. Baltimore’s 9-1 win was its fourth in five games while Minnesota has lost five of six.

The Orioles possess a seven-game lead over the New York Yankees in the division and the club has opened contract talks with potential free agent Nelson Cruz, who leads the AL with 34 homers. “I don’t want to be a distraction with stuff like that, with contracts,” Cruz told reporters. “Even though, like you said, I would like it to be done before (the season ends).” The Twins have scored just one run in each of their last three losses.

TV: 7:05 p.m. ET, FSN North (Minnesota), MASN (Baltimore)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Twins RH Kyle Gibson (11-10, 4.31 ERA) vs. Orioles RH Chris Tillman (11-5, 3.41)

Gibson has allowed five runs and eight hits in each of his last two starts, going 0-1 in 10 innings during the span. The short outings continue an up-and-down stretch in which he has allowed five or more earned runs in six of his last 11 turns. Gibson, who was never faced Baltimore in his 35 major-league starts, is 7-6 with a 4.36 ERA in 15 road outings this season.

Tillman has won four consecutive starts and is unbeaten in his last eight decisions. He defeated Tampa Bay in his last outing when he gave up one unearned run and three hits in seven innings. Tillman is 0-3 with a 6.06 ERA in four career outings against Minnesota.

WALK-OFFS

1. Twins 3B Trevor Plouffe homered for the team’s lone run in the opener and the blast was the 10,000th in franchise history, the first 7,214 coming when the team was known as the Washington Senators.

2. Baltimore OF/1B Steve Pearce (abdominal strain) left Friday’s game after three innings as his 11-game hitting streak came to an end.

3. Minnesota LF Jordan Schafer is 13-for-30 with eight runs scored during a nine-game hitting streak.

PREDICTION: Orioles 5, Twins 3

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk Home Away East Central West IL
Minnesota 59-75 L1 29-37 30-38 13-16 28-30 11-19 7-10
Baltimore 77-56 W2 38-27 39-29 33-20 14-16 21-12 9-8

Last Meeting

Minnesota Baltimore
Date Away Home Avg HR OPS Avg HR OPS
8/29/14 MIN 1 BAL 9 .129 1 .382 .226 2 .817

Player Stats

Season Series
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
MIN B. Dozier .400 6 1.071
BAL N. Markakis .294 5 .706
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
MIN B. Dozier 1 5 1
BAL N. Cruz 2 4 4
Pitching ERA Avg K
MIN 3.86 .227 28
BAL 2.91 .230 39
Season
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
MIN K. Suzuki .293 112 .738
BAL A. Jones .288 156 .792
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
MIN B. Dozier 20 94 61
BAL N. Cruz 34 73 88
Pitching ERA Avg K
MIN 4.51 .250 842
BAL 3.57 .256 942

Live Game Odds

Lines History | All Odds
Home Away over/under
OPEN -178 168
-105
8.5
Offshore Odds
CarbonSports -165 150
-120
8
Sportsbook -165 150
-120
8
5Dimes.eu -154 144
-115
8
GTBets.eu -154 144
-120
8
Top Bet -170
150
-120
8
BetOnline.ag -155 145
-120
8
BetDSI -153 138
-120
8
AllYouBet.ag OFF OFF OFF
Belmont -165 150
-120
8
BookMaker.eu
-153
138
-120
8
Vegas Odds
LVH -155 145
-100
8
Mirage -155 135
-100
8
Station -160 145
100
8
Best home line Best road line Recent line moves

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Minnesota Overall Baltimore
59-75 W/L 77-56
67-67 RL W/L 77-56
68-61-5 O/U 58-72-3
4.36 Runs For 4.30
4.69 Runs Against 3.75
Minnesota A/H Baltimore
30-38 W/L 38-27
43-25 RL W/L 29-36
33-33-2 O/U 24-38-3
4.22 Runs For 3.98
4.35 Runs Against 3.65