The Minnesota Twins look to cool down the rival Kansas City Royals on Thursday.
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I don't think even the most hardened Minnesota fan believes the team has a legitimate chance at winning the American League Central. A more achievable goal would be reaching .500, but that would take a big run going forward and we haven't seen that from this team yet. The arms and bats are capable of doing some damage over short periods, but that won't get it done. Both units came up just short versus KC on Wednesday, with starter Kevin Correia getting out of several jams before allowing two runs on ten hits through six frames and Caleb Thielbar took the loss with two runs plated in 2/3 of an inning. The Twins totaled eleven hits and walked twice, with Pedro Florimon slamming his 7th homer. Minnesota turns to left hander Scott Diamond to slow down the Kansas City bats. Diamond didn't get a decision in a 3-2 victory over Seattle in which he allowed one run on five hits and a walk over 6.2 innings.
The Royals won't keep winnining forever and Shields is not a lock because the team doesn't always play well behind him. However, right or wrong, I'll back the hotter team...