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Twins looking to even border battle
06/18/2004  7:53 PM ET
Now just one half of a game on top of the American League Central, the Minnesota Twins will turn to Brad Radke when they take on the Milwaukee Brewers in the second of three games against their "Super Rival" at Miller Park. The Twins are hoping to rebound from their 4-1 loss on Friday, when starter Ben Sheets held Minnesota batters in check for just five hits and one extra-base hit.

Once a premier matchup in Milwaukee's American League days, the all-time series is deadlocked at 185-185 following Friday's loss. Minnesota has lost just one season series to the Brewers since 1999, however, and maintains a slight 12-11 advantage in games within the Interleague setting.

Radke will take the mound for Minnesota looking for his first win since May 22. Since that 9-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox, the Twins have scored only five combined runs in his last four starts and the team hasn't won despite Radke's six earned runs allowed in 28 innings (1.93 ERA).

Minnesota will play two more games at Miller Park in Milwaukee and then head to Fenway Park in Boston for three to conclude the nine-game road trip. The Brewers will be waiting for Minnesota when they return home on June 25.

Pitching matchup
MIN: RHP Brad Radke

  • 4-3, 3.20 ERA in 2004
  • 0-0, 2.57 ERA in 2003 vs. MIL
  • 3-5, 3.25 lifetime vs. MIL

    MIL: RHP Wes Obermueller

  • 3-2, 6.49 ERA in 2004
  • Has never faced MIN

    Players to watch
    Luis Rivas, who hit a disputed game-winning home run in Montreal and a pinch hit double on Thursday, added to his eight-game hitting streak with an RBI single against the Brewers on Friday.

    Quotable
    "I'm ready to pitch every five days, I'm ready to pitch whenever they need me." -- Twins starting pitcher Carlos Silva, who took an extra day of rest before making his start on Friday against the Brewers. Silva threw four innings and allowed three runs on eight hits.

    On the Internet
     MLB.TV
     Gameday Audio

  •  Gameday
  •  Official game notes

    On television

  • MIN: FSNN
  • MIL: FSN

    On radio

  • MIN: WCCO
  • MIL: WTMJ AM-620

    Quick hits
    Carlos Silva grounded out in his first at-bat of the season on Friday; the last Twins pitcher to homer came against Milwaukee when Jim Kaat turned the feat on May 14, 1972. ... Numerous Twins fans filled Miller Park on Friday but a defiant Brewers contingent, many of whom were donning yellow giveaway caps with the Brewers' retro logo, had the upper hand most of the night. ... The Twins had scored at least one run after the fifth inning in seven consecutive contests before their loss on Friday. ... Catcher Henry Blanco was charged with an error in the fourth when his throw to second to try and catch Scott Podsednik stealing went into center, although the pitch to Junior Spivey was ball four and Podsednik would have been awarded second anyway.

    Roof
    Open

    On deck

  • Sunday: Twins at Milwaukee, 1:05 p.m. CT
  • Monday: Off
  • Tuesday: Twins at Boston, 6:05 p.m. CT
  • Wednesday: Twins at Boston, 6:05 p.m. CT
  • Thursday: Twins at Boston, 12:05 p.m. CT

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