Minnesota (39-34) at Milwaukee (30-43)

Fog Currently: Milwaukee, WI
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  • Game info: 2:05 pm EDT Sun Jun 22, 2003
  • TV: FSNO, WISN
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The Milwaukee Brewers will go for their first three-game home sweep of the Minnesota Twins in nearly 18 years as they play the finale of their interleague series at Miller Park.

The Brewers took the first two—a 3-2, 10-inning decision on Friday before Saturday’s 8-1 rout.

Wes Helms hit two home runs and drove in five runs on Saturday, and John Vander Wal homered and had two RBIs for Milwaukee, which began this series with losses in nine of its previous 12.

Helms, who had only six homers last season with Atlanta, now has a career-high 13. He is batting .378 (14-for-37) over his last 11 games with four homers and 10 RBIs.

“He’s just gotten better and better every game,” Milwaukee manager Ned Yost said.

After going 2-4 against the Twins last season, the Brewers are one victory away from their first three-game sweep at home since Aug. 19-25, 1985.

The Twins have lost six of their last seven.

Corey Koskie hit his third homer in as many games for the Twins. He has 11 RBIs over his last eight games, batting .517 (15-for-29) over that span.

Minnesota’s best hitter, Jacque Jones, didn’t start Saturday after going 0-for-5 with three strikeouts in Friday’s loss.

“It’s just to give him a break, a mental break,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said.

STANDINGS: Twins - 1st place, AL Central. Brewers - 6th place, 9 GB, NL Central.

TWINS PROBABLE STARTER: Kenny Rogers (5-3, 5.14 ERA). Rogers was 4-1 in his first six starts, but just 1-2 in his last eight, giving up at least three earned runs seven times. In losing 14-7 in Kansas City on Tuesday, the left-hander allowed a season high-tying seven earned runs and six hits over five innings. He is 9-5 all-time against the Brewers with a 3.70 ERA.

BREWERS PROBABLE STARTER: Matt Kinney (5-5, 4.29 ERA). Kinney, who came to Milwaukee from Minnesota in a trade last November, is facing his former team for the first time. Kinney, who was 2-7 for the Twins last season, is coming in off his worst outing of the season. He lasted only 3 2-3 innings in Tuesday’s 12-3 loss to St. Louis, giving up five earned runs and seven hits, as his ERA jumped above 4.00 for the first time since April.

OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Twins - Jones, .305 avg., and 45 runs; Koskie, 10 HRs and 46 RBIs; Jones and Koskie, 6 SBs. Brewers - Scott Podsednik, .305 avg.; Richie Sexson, 21 HRs and 49 runs; Geoff Jenkins, 50 RBIs; Eric Young, 16 SBs.

INTERLEAGUE RECORDS: Twins - 7-7; Brewers - 4-4.

STREAKS AND NOTES: Twins - CF Lew Ford, who came into Saturday’s game batting .429 (12-for-28) since being recalled from Triple-A Rochester, went 0-for-4 in the leadoff spot. … 2B Luis Rivas has hit safely in eight of his last nine games. … CF Torii Hunter is batting .348 (8-for-23) over his last six games with four doubles and two RBIs. Brewers - Milwaukee is 102-91 all-time at home against Minnesota … Prior to Saturday, RF Vander Wal hadn’t homered since May 20 against San Diego, a span of 58 at-bats. … Milwaukee moved to the NL Central in 1998 after spending the previous four seasons in the AL Central.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Twins - 21-17 on the road; Brewers - 15-26 at home.

INJURIES: Twins - INF Chris Gomez (knee), 15-day DL; RHP Mike Fetters (hamstring), 60-day DL; LHP Eric Milton (knee), 60-day DL. Brewers - RHP Jayson Durocher (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Nick Neugebauer (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Todd Ritchie (shoulder), 15-day DL.

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