Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Undefeated KC turns to Volquez vs. Twins on JRD

Right-hander Edinson Volquez makes his second start for Kansas City after a terrific debut for the Royals -- eight innings, one run against the White Sox in a win. The Twins counter with right-hander Kyle Gibson, a University of Missouri alum who is coming off a shaky first start at Detroit during which he gave up six earned runs and walked five in just 3 2/3 innings. It's a 7:10 p.m. CT start on Wednesday at Target Field, where the teams split 10 games last year.
Things to know about this game
• Gibson has owned the Royals with a 3-0 record and a 1.40 ERA. That's his second-best ERA against any team counting multiple appearances (1.29 ERA vs. Texas).
• Royals skipper Ned Yost hopes to give backup outfielder Jarrod Dyson a start on Wednesday -- Dyson has not started a game yet. Yost would like to keep Lorenzo Cain fresh, and he may use a Dyson start in center to actually give Cain two days off, since Tuesday is an off-day for the team.
• First baseman Joe Mauer has been Minnesota's hottest hitter early this season, and he has hit safely in six of the club's first seven games. The Twins are unfamiliar with Volquez, but Mauer is 1-for-3 with a homer against him in his career. Catcher Kurt Suzuki is the only other Twins player with a hit against Volquez.
• This year marks the 70th anniversary of Jackie Robinson signing his first professional contract with the Brooklyn Dodgers organization in 1945, which was the first step toward his eventual breaking of the color barrier on April 15, 1947. As has been tradition each April 15, Major League Baseball will celebrate Jackie Robinson Day with all players and on-field personnel wearing No. 42 during Wednesday's games.

No comments: