The San Francisco Giants and Minnesota Twins have had some similar struggles this season. Both teams lost their superstar catchers for significant time, their excellent starting pitchers haven't all been themselves, and they've both gone on elongated winning streaks. Unfortunately for the Giants the Twins are on the streak right now as they head to AT&T Park for a three game set by the Cove.
Currently at 31-39 for the season, the Twins are overcoming their abismal start by winning 14 of their last 16 games including their last seven in a row. The return of Joe Mauer and the resurgence of their pitching staff has ignited this team to shoot up the AL Central, lead by Tuesday's starter Carl Pavano.
The Giants on the other hand are six games over .500 but losers of their last four and in desperate need to stop the bleeding. They scored a total of seven runs in their last four games with a .180 team batting average while going 0 for 26 with runners in scoring position. Luckily the G-Men kept a half-game lead over Arizona in the NL West over the Diamondbacks.
This will be the first meeting since 2005 between these teams when the Giants took two of three in Minnesota. The Twins won two of three in San Francisco in 2003.
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3 game series vs Twins @ AT&T Park
Tuesday, Jun 21, 2011, 7:15 PM PDT
Carl Pavano vs Madison Bumgarner
Clear. Winds blowing out to right field at 5-15 m.p.h. Game time temperature around .
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