A couple of left-handers -- Jason Vargas for the Royals and Tommy Milone for the Twins -- will square off in the series finale on Thursday at Target Field, a day after Minnesota handed Kansas City its first loss of the season.
Vargas was sharp in his first start for the Royals this season, going six innings and giving up just two runs in a 4-2 win over the Angels. Milone was even better in his first start, throwing 7 2/3 shutout innings in a win over the White Sox.
Things to know about this game:
• Vargas loves Target Field -- he had a 1.29 ERA over three starts here last season while holding the Twins to a .181 average. Overall against the Twins, Vargas was 3-0 with a 0.96 ERA in 2014.
• Royals left fielder Alex Gordon, off to a slow start, might rest for a day game after a night game. But Gordon, who collected two hits on Wednesday, has a .375 career average against Milone, which may make manager Ned Yost think twice about sitting him.
• Twins first baseman Joe Mauer is one of the few Twins who own Vargas, boasting a career .407 average.