Los Angeles (13-9) at Minnesota (14-7)

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  • Game info: 8:10 pm EDT Fri Apr 30, 2004
  • TV: KCAL, KSTC
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Carlos Silva looks to continue his impressive start with the Minnesota Twins when they open a three-game series against Vladimir Guerrero and the surging Anaheim Angels at the Metrodome.

Acquired in the deal that sent left-hander Eric Milton to Philadelphia this past winter, Silva has won three straight starts, including Sunday’s 4-2 victory at Kansas City. The 25-year-old right-hander enjoyed the strongest of his four outings this season, allowing just one run and nine hits over seven innings, striking out two without a walk.

Making all but one of his 130 appearances out of the bullpen in his first two big league seasons in Philadelphia, Silva boasts an impressive 11-1 career mark with the lone loss coming last season.

“He’s got a power sinker,” Gardenhire said of Silva. “That’s what a power sinker is supposed to do.”

The Twins began their six-game homestand by taking two of three from the struggling Toronto Blue Jays. On Wednesday, pinch-hitter Michael Ryan delivered a go-ahead RBI single in the bottom of the eighth inning as the Twins scored four late runs en route to a 9-5 win.

Minnesota scored four runs in the ninth inning Tuesday to rally past Toronto 7-4.

The Angels have won six of seven, including Thursday’s 12-3 rout at Detroit.

Guerrero continued his hot hitting with a homer, double, two singles and two RBIs. It was the newly acquired slugger’s first four-hit game with Anaheim. He last had four hits last September with Montreal.

“He’s just not normal,” Detroit manager Alan Trammell said of Guerrero. “He’s a great bad-ball hitter, maybe one of the best of all time. Not only does he hit them for singles, he hits them for extra-base hits. This guy, he’s in the elite category. Today he certainly shined.”

Guerrero, who had missed a pair of games earlier this week with a sore right knee, has returned with a vengeance, going 7-for-14 during the three-game series with Detroit to raise his season average to .322.

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R. Ortiz Tor vs. C. Silva Bos
5-7 Record 14-8
4.43 ERA 4.21
82 K 76
38 BB 35
1.38 WHIP 1.43