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SportsDirect Inc., Published July 23 2013

Preview: Twins at Angels

The Minnesota Twins attempt to continue their solid start to the second half when they visit the Los Angeles Angels for the second contest of their three-game series on Tuesday. Minnesota posted a pair of 3-2 victories over the Cleveland Indians after the All-Star break to extend its winning streak to four games before dropping the finale of the three-game set Sunday. The Twins picked themselves right up Monday, as they kicked off a seven-game road trip with a 4-3 triumph at Los Angeles.

Clete Thomas was the star for Minnesota, producing a solo homer and an RBI double at the plate while making a jumping catch at the left-field wall in the eighth inning to rob pinch-hitter Chris Iannetta of a three-run homer and preserve the one-run lead. The loss was the second straight for the Angels at home, where they had won their previous four contests. Los Angeles slipped 11 games behind the first-place Oakland Athletics in the American League West.

TV: 9:05 p.m., FSN North (Minnesota), FSN West (Los Angeles)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Twins RH Kyle Gibson (2-2, 6.45 ERA) vs. Angels RH Tommy Hanson (4-2, 5.10)

Gibson has received a decision in each of his four major-league starts, posting a victory over the Yankees in New York on July 14 after allowing three runs - two earned - in five innings. The 25-year-old has walked four in each of his last two outings after issuing a total of one free pass in his first two turns. Gibson, drafted 22nd overall in 2009, will be making his third straight road start following a pair at home.

Hanson will be making his first start since June 20 due to a strained right forearm that landed him on the disabled list. The 26-year-old lasted only two innings in that outing as he surrendered seven runs and six hits but escaped with a no-decision. Hanson will be facing the Twins for the first time in his career.


1. Angels OF Josh Hamilton sat out Monday's series opener with stiffness in his right ankle.

2. Minnesota, which ended its five-game losing streak at Los Angeles, is 3-0 against the Angels this season.

3. Los Angeles CF Mike Trout enters Tuesday's game with a career-best 14-game hitting streak.

PREDICTION: Angels 5, Twins 2