Minnesota (72-73) at Kansas City (62-82)

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  • Game info: 2:10 pm EDT Wed Sep 12, 2007
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A matchup against the Minnesota TwinsCarlos Silva may make it hard for the Kansas City Royals to avoid their longest skid of the season.

Silva looks to earn his third win against the Royals this year when he takes the mound for the Twins in the decisive game of this series Wednesday.

Minnesota evened the three-game set with a 6-3 win Tuesday night, handing Kansas City (62-82) its seventh straight loss. A loss Wednesday would give them eight in a row for the first time since Sept. 17-26.

The Twins (72-73), meanwhile, have won three straight after a season-high six-game losing streak.

Silva (11-13, 4.34 ERA) has won both his starts against Kansas City this season, posting a 3.21 ERA. The right-hander is 5-2 with a 3.99 ERA in 11 career starts against the Royals.

Silva, though, is 1-1 with a 6.89 ERA in his last three outings overall. He gave up three runs and eight hits in six innings of an 11-10 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Friday night.

Kansas City will counter with Gil Meche (7-12, 3.82). The right-hander has a 3.25 ERA in his last six starts, but is 0-3 in that span as he has gotten an average of just 1.5 runs of support.

Meche also has lost both of his starts against the Twins this season despite a 3.21 ERA, and is 5-3 with a 4.19 ERA in 11 career starts against Minnesota.

Several Twins have struggled against him, including Torii Hunter (.105), Rondell White (.118) and Justin Morneau (.200).

In his last start, Meche allowed two runs and five hits in six innings of a 3-2 loss to the New York Yankees on Friday.

Meche will be facing a Twins lineup that is averaging 6.6 runs in its last five games.

Minnesota designated hitter Jason Kubel hadn’t hit second in the lineup all season. but over his last three games, he’s 5-for-11 (.454) with a home run and six RBIs hitting in that slot.

“I’ve seen 80 percent better pitches,” said Kubel, who had been used primarily in the sixth and seventh spots in the order. “It takes pressure off you when you’ve got great hitters behind you.”

Reigning AL batting champion Joe Mauer, Hunter and 2006 AL MVP Morneau hit behind Kubel, respectively, on Tuesday. Kubel has a career-high 11 home runs and 60 RBIs.

Kansas City, meanwhile, has been struggling at the plate, scoring three runs or less in five games during its skid. The Royals stranded 13 runners Tuesday.

Royals third baseman Alex Gordon was a bright spot, going 4-for-4 and tying the team’s rookie record with his 33rd double. Kevin Seitzer had 33 in 1987 and Mark Quinn matched that in 2000.

Gordon is batting .400 (14-for-35) with two home runs, four doubles and nine RBIs in his last eight contests.

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Starting Pitchers

C. Silva BOS vs. G. Meche KC
13-14 Record 9-13
4.19 ERA 3.67
89 K 156
36 BB 62
1.31 WHIP 1.30

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Wednesday, Sep 12