The Twins, who have 20 road victories this season, will try to improve on a mediocre 15-14 home mark. Colorado, which boasts a major league-best 25-10 record at home, is a dismal 7-22 away from hitter-friendly Coors Field.
This is Minnesota’s first home series in interleague play this season. The Twins won their first two series on the road, taking two of three from the NL West-leading San Francisco Giants before failing to complete the sweep of the San Diego Padres with Sunday’s 9-4 loss.
Mientkiewicz, who finished 2-for-4, is batting .545 (18-for-33) over his last eight games with two homers, four doubles and eight RBIs. Hunter is hitting .391 (9-for-23) during a six-game hitting streak with a homer, four doubles and four RBIs.
After sweeping Cleveland to open interleague play, the Rockies barely escaped a sweep at the hands of Kansas City on Sunday, pulling out an 8-7 win.
“We found a way to grind this one out,” Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said.
STANDINGS: Rockies - 3rd place, 8 GB, NL West. Twins - 1st place, AL Central.
ROCKIES PROBABLE STARTER: Jason Jennings (4-5, 5.38 ERA). Jennings snapped a two-game losing streak with Thursday’s 7-4 victory over Cleveland. The right-hander went seven innings, giving up four earned runs and four hits, including just his second homer in 53 innings.
TWINS PROBABLE STARTER: Brad Radke (5-5, 5.53 ERA). Radke is 0-2 over his last three starts, allowing 10 earned runs in 17 innings. The right-hander didn’t get a decision in the Twins’ 4-3 loss in San Francisco on Wednesday, surrendering three earned runs and six hits over seven innings. Prior to his current slide, Radke had won four straight starts.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Rockies - Helton, .325 avg. and 53 runs; Wilson, 14 HRs; Helton and Wilson, 54 RBIs; Wilson and Walker, 5 SBs. Twins - Jacque Jones, .314 avg. and 37 runs; Hunter, 9 HRs and 37 RBIs; Jones and Corey Koskie, 6 SBs.
INTERLEAGUE RECORDS: Rockies - 4-2; Twins - 4-2.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Rockies - INF Jose Hernandez replaced 1B Helton on Sunday, making his third career start at first base. … RF Walker is batting .412 (7-for-17) over his last five games with a homer and six RBIs. … C Johnson has a homer, a double and six RBIs in his last three games. Twins - RHP Radke is 11-22 in 41 career appearances in June. … 2B Chris Gomez will likely be sidelined two-to-four weeks with a knee ligament injury, based on MRI results. Surgery will not be required. He sustained the injury Friday while attempting to make a catch on a bloop single. … 3B Koskie was held out Sunday because of a stiff back. His status is day-to-day. INF Denny Hocking started in his place, going 1-for-4 with an RBI.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Rockies - 7-22 on the road; Twins - 15-14 at home.
INJURIES: Rockies - 2B Ronnie Belliard (ankle), 15-day DL; LHP Denny Neagle (back), 15-day DL; RHP Denny Stark (side), 60-day DL; OF Chris Richard (shoulder), 60-day DL. Twins - RHP Rick Reed (back), 15-day DL; RHP Mike Fetters (hamstring), 60-day DL; LHP Eric Milton (knee), 60-day DL.