The teams begin the first of their two annual series when the Brewers visit the Metrodome to start a three-game set.
Minnesota and Milwaukee developed a healthy rivalry during their days battling in the AL, though not to the extent of the football rivalry between the Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers. The teams have split 28 games since the Brewers moved to the National League in 1998.
“They were always kind of a rival when they were back in the American League,” said Minnesota starter Brad Radke, who will start Saturday. “I think they’d pack the place up with cheeseheads and that kind of stuff.”
The teams began playing a pair of three-game series in 2002 and have split the last 18 matchups. Milwaukee won four of six last season.
Minnesota improved to 3-3 on a nine-game homestand with a 4-0 win over Toronto on Thursday. Joe Mays scattered seven hits in his first complete game in seven years.
“A lot of people really doubted me, but there was never really a doubt in my mind that I would be back to this point,” Mays said.
Michael Cuddyer continued his torrid hitting for Minnesota with a two-run double that triggered a four-run sixth inning Thursday. Cuddyer is batting .373 (19-for-51) in May with seven doubles, one homer and nine of his 12 RBIs.
“The guy’s just hot,” Minnesota’s Torii Hunter said.
Milwaukee fell to 2-5 on a 10-game road trip after a 3-2 loss at Washington on Thursday. The Brewers lost three of four to the Nationals and have managed a total of six runs over the five losses.
“We were in all these ballgames,” Milwaukee outfielder Brady Clark said. “We should’ve taken at least one more. Maybe it’s good for us to get out of here and move on to somewhere else.”