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Probable Pitchers

Minnesota Twins vs. Kansas City Royals

, Kauffman Stadium
Ricky Nolasco, RHP
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Nolasco will look to handle the Royals again after stifling their bats for a run on five hits over eight innings in a victory on April 12. This will be his first start at Kauffman Stadium.

Jason Vargas, LHP
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Despite three outstanding starts and a 1.64 ERA, Vargas personally, and the Royals as a team, have just one win to show for it. In seven innings Sunday, he held the Twins to five hits and two runs on Josmil Pinto's homer. Now he gets another shot.

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Minnesota Twins vs. Kansas City Royals

, Kauffman Stadium
Kevin Correia, RHP
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Correia tossed seven quality innings in a no-decision against the Royals last Sunday, surrendering three runs on six hits. The right-hander is 0-3 with a 7.53 ERA in his career at Kauffman Stadium.

Bruce Chen, LHP
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Chen's start was pushed back two days so the left-hander could rest his sore back. Chen lasted only 3 2/3 innings in Friday's loss at Minnesota, allowing seven hits and six earned runs.

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Minnesota Twins vs. Kansas City Royals

, Kauffman Stadium
Phil Hughes, RHP
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Hughes pitched well through five innings against the Blue Jays on Tuesday, but it all unraveled in the sixth. He ended up giving up four runs on eight hits and a walk with seven strikeouts.

Yordano Ventura, RHP
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The hard-throwing righty scored his first career win against the Astros on Tuesday with a composed seven innings of four-hit ball. His overwhelming fastball has helped him record 24 strikeouts in five career outings.

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Minnesota Twins vs. Tampa Bay Rays

, Tropicana Field
Mike Pelfrey, RHP
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Pelfrey has struggled in the early going this season and lasted just 4 1/3 innings in his start against Toronto in Game 2 of a doubleheader Thursday. The right-hander gave up five runs (four earned) on four hits and five walks.

Jake Odorizzi, RHP
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    Jake Odorizzi, last 5 years vs. MIN
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Odorizzi allowed three runs on five hits and three walks while striking out four against the O's on Wednesday to take his second loss of the season. The righty has allowed three earned runs or fewer in seven of his nine career starts.

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