Sunday, April 10, 2016

Volquez, Royals seeking sweep of winless Twins

The Twins are off to a franchise-worst 0-5 start, and it doesn't get any easier on Sunday when they go up against Opening Day starter Edinson Volquez in the series finale with the Royals at Kauffmann Stadium.
Volquez will be opposed by right-hander Ricky Nolasco, who won the Twins' fifth-starter competition in Spring Training, but has struggled the last two years with a 5.64 ERA. Nolasco is looking to give the Twins their first win, as they had previously lost the first four games of a season three times before this year, but had never started 0-5 since the franchise moved to Minnesota in 1961.
Things to know about this game
• Volquez was impressive in his season debut, tossing six scoreless innings with five strikeouts against the Mets to get his first win of the year. Volquez was solid in 2015, posting a 3.55 ERA in a career-high 200 1/3 innings. He also went 3-1 with a 2.05 ERA in five starts against Minnesota.
• Nolasco, coming off an injury-plagued 2015 campaign that saw him log a 6.75 ERA in nine outings, had to beat out right-handers Tyler Duffey, Trevor May and Jose Berrios for the final spot in Minnesota's rotation. But he's healthy now, and the Twins are hopeful he'll be able to bounce back, as he's owed $25 million over the next two seasons.
• Twins manager Paul Molitor said he wants all of his position players to get at least one start before they head back to Minnesota for the home opener against the White Sox on Monday. Infielder Eduardo Nunez is the lone player not to start, so it's likely he'll see his first action on Sunday.

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