Seattle (64-89) at Minnesota (59-93)

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  • Game info: 8:10 pm EDT Tue Sep 20, 2011
  • TV: ROOT, FSNO
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The last time the Minnesota Twins were mired in a nine-game losing streak, they ended it with a victory over the Seattle Mariners. They’ll need a repeat performance to avoid their longest skid in 13 years.

Minnesota seeks to avoid a 10th straight loss in the opener of a three-game set against Seattle at Target Field on Tuesday night.

The Twins (59-93) continued their struggles with a 6-4 loss to New York in a make-up game Monday, matching their longest losing streak of the season. Their previous nine-game slump came May 7-16 before beating Seattle 5-2.

Minnesota hasn’t lost 10 straight since Sept. 9-19, 1998.

Michael Cuddyer(notes) homered Monday for the first time since hitting two Aug. 3, and the Twins’ 12 hits were their most since having 15 on Sept. 2.

“We had 10 hits after five innings, so we were going along pretty good ourselves,” manager Ron Gardenhire said. “I was happy how our team went out and played. … I was happy with the way our guys went about their business and swing the bats. Unfortunately, we lost the ballgame, and the end result is what it’s all about.”

Liam Hendriks(notes) (0-2, 6.00 ERA) will take the mound looking to help end the skid.

Hendriks seeks his first career victory since being called up from the minors Sept. 6. The Australian right-hander allowed three runs in seven innings of a 3-0 loss to Chicago in his first outing, then got roughed up for five runs and eight hits in five innings of Wednesday’s 7-3 defeat to Kansas City.

He’ll face a Seattle lineup which busted out Monday in a 12-6 victory over Cleveland, which was called due to rain after the seventh inning.

Mike Carp(notes) hit a towering grand slam in a nine-run third for Seattle (64-89), which overcame a 3-0, first-inning deficit and had lost six of its previous eight games.

“It was worth it, to come back from a deficit, get a big inning and get a nice win,” Carp said.

Jason Vargas(notes) (8-13, 4.38) will be on the hill looking to build on his recent solid outings.

Vargas went 0-3 with an 8.72 ERA in four starts Aug. 16-Sept. 2, though he’s bounced back to pitch well in his last two outings. He beat Kansas City 4-1 on Sept. 8 after allowing one run in six innings, then gave up a run in 6 2-3 in a 2-1, 12-inning victory over the Yankees on Wednesday.

The left-hander didn’t fare as well against Minnesota on May 23, allowing five runs and walking four in 4 2-3 innings of an 8-7, 10-inning win.

However, two of the Twins’ best hitters off Vargas - Joe Mauer(notes) (3 for 7) and Denard Span(notes) (3 for 10) - are likely out for the season.

Ben Revere(notes) set a franchise rookie record with his 32nd stolen base Monday, and his three hits raised his average to .385 during a six-game hitting streak.

“Right now, we’re going through some struggles and some injuries,” Revere told the Twins’ official website. “We’re playing a lot of young guys like myself, but we’ve got to keep going and keep our heads high. Every team goes through this. It happens to be us this year, but we’ve just got to keep giving 100 percent.”

The Twins have won four of the last six meetings in Minnesota.

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Starting Pitchers

J. Vargas KC vs. L. Hendriks Tor
10-13 Record 0-2
4.25 ERA 6.17
131 K 16
59 BB 6
1.31 WHIP 1.50

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