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Kansas City Royals at Minnesota Twins
- Minnesota has won all five games between these clubs in 2017, outscoring Kansas City 34-14 in these contests. Overall, the Twins have an active six-game win streak against the Royals, which is one game shy of tying the franchise record for its longest win streak in this series (7, done three times, the last time being April 20-June 28, 2005).
- This is the first time since 2010 (22-14, 1.5 game lead) that the Twins have been in first place (alone or tied) through 36 games of a season. They went on to win their division that season, finishing with a 94-68 record.
- The Twins have allowed 12 runs in the first inning this season, which is tied with the Brewers for the fewest in the majors. The Royals, meanwhile, have scored just eight runs in the first inning, which is the fewest in the majors.
- Joe Mauer has swung and missed on just 7.9 percent and Jorge Polanco on just 9.0 percent of the pitches he has seen this season. Those rank as the lowest and the second-lowest percentages in the majors, respectively (minimum 3.1 PA/team G).
- Nate Karns has struck out 10 and (a career-high)12 batters, respectively, in his last two starts. He had just one 10+ strikeout outing in his first 60 MLB games (10, at NYY, July 4, 2015).
- Hector Santiago's loss to Cleveland on May 14 snapped his streak of five consecutive starts without a defeat. He gave up six runs (all earned) to the Indians in just 2.2 innings of work, making it his shortest stint as a starting pitcher since he lasted just 1.1 innings versus Cleveland, June 10, 2016.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 5/19/2017 thru 5/21/2017
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