After dropping the first two games to the Milwaukee Brewers, the Twins will look to avoid a sweep in the three game series in Milwaukee. Scott Baker and Francisco Liriano started the first two games of the series and both were charged with a loss. Nick Blackburn will take the mound this afternoon for the Twins, squaring off against hard throwing righty Yovani Gallardo. Blackburn will be looking to halt his own personal slump, having be pulled before the 4th inning in 3 of his last 4 starts. Blackburn is 6-4 on the year with a 5.80 ERA.
Overall, Minnesota is 4-6 in their last 10 games and need to get back on track. After today's game, the Twins will travel to New York where they will face off against the Mets in a three game series. Left fielder Delmon Young has been having a great June, but the rest of the lineup has failed to be consistent. Getting back shortstop JJ Hardy would solve some lineup issues for the Twins, so they can move Nick Punto back to third base and keep Michael Cuddyer in right field. Today's finale against the Brewers starts at 1:10 Central time.