Preview: Twins at Orioles

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GAME: Minnesota Twins (22-18) at Baltimore Orioles (25-17)
DATE/TIME: Monday, May 22 - 7:05 PM EST
WHERE: Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, Maryland

The Baltimore Orioles own the majors' best home record despite seeing their eight-game winning streak at Camden Yards come to a halt in their last time out. The Orioles look to get back on track Monday when they open a three-game series against a Minnesota Twins team that has made itself at home in opponents' ballparks for much of this season.

Adam Jones belted his 124th homer at Camden Yards in Sunday's 3-1 setback to Toronto to tie Rafael Palmeiro for the most in the history of the ballpark, but Baltimore was done in by a season-high three errors and fell for the seventh time in 10 games overall. While the Orioles own a 15-4 mark at home, the Twins aren't too shabby when they leave Target Field with wins in nine of their last 11 road games and an 11-5 record on the season. Brian Dozier collected two hits and scored a run in each outing of Sunday's doubleheader split against Kansas City and owns a .318 batting average against Monday starter Ubaldo Jimenez. With Minnesota playing two doubleheaders in a four-day stretch, the team is expected to recall right-hander Kyle Gibson from Triple-A Rochester to make the start on Monday.

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

PITCHING MATCHUP: Twins RH Kyle Gibson (0-4, 8.20 ERA) vs. Orioles RH Ubaldo Jimenez (1-2, 6.52)

Gibson hasn't paid much in the way of dividends since receiving a one-year deal in the offseason, allowing six homers and 13 walks in 26 1/3 innings to earn a demotion to Triple-A earlier in the month. The 29-year-old was taken deep once and permitted five walks in five innings to take the loss at Baltimore on April 6, 2016 before settling for a no-decision against the Orioles in another encounter in July. Gibson has gotten the better of Jones (2-for-14), although the latter joined J.J. Hardy (5-for-9) and Chris Davis (4-for-11) in belting a homer off the hurler in their careers.

Jimenez surrendered two homers for the second straight start and third time in four outings on Wednesday in a 5-4 loss at Detroit. The 33-year-old Dominican surrendered five runs in five innings and has permitted fewer than three in only one of his seven starts this season. Jimenez owns a 5-3 career mark with a 2.49 ERA in 11 appearances (10 starts) against Minnesota, including retiring Eddie Rosario in all eight at-bats - five via strikeout.


1. Minnesota 1B Joe Mauer is 11-for-34 with five runs scored during his nine-game hitting streak.

2. Baltimore DH Mark Trumbo has multi-hit performances in three straight contests and four of his last six.

3. Twins 3B Miguel Sano, who is riding a five-game hitting streak, collected four RBIs during Sunday's doubleheader.

PREDICTION: Orioles 6, Twins 3

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk Home Away East Central West IL
Minnesota 22-18 W1 11-13 11-5 1-2 16-12 4-2 1-2
Baltimore 25-17 L1 15-4 10-13 17-10 4-5 0-0 4-2

Last Meeting

Minnesota Baltimore
Date Away Home Avg HR OPS Avg HR OPS
7/28/16 BAL 2 MIN 6 .353 1 1.083 .314 1 .790

Player Stats

Season Series
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
Pitching ERA Avg K
MIN 0.00 .000 0
BAL 0.00 .000 0
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
MIN M. Sano .304 41 1.045
BAL A. Jones .276 48 .748
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
MIN M. Sano 10 28 34
BAL M. Machado 10 22 24
Pitching ERA Avg K
MIN 4.24 .244 269
BAL 4.15 .258 309

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Minnesota Overall Baltimore
22-18 W/L 25-17
22-18 RL W/L 24-18
18-18-4 O/U 21-19-2
4.42 Runs For 4.69
4.58 Runs Against 4.40
Minnesota A/H Baltimore
11-5 W/L 15-4
12-4 RL W/L 10-9
6-9-1 O/U 9-9-1
4.56 Runs For 4.05
3.94 Runs Against 3.26
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