Minnesota (33-25) at San Diego (18-43)

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  • Game info: 9:05 pm EDT Fri Jun 6, 2003
  • TV: KSTC, Ch4
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Kenny Rogers hopes to bounce back from his worst outing of the season as the Minnesota Twins face the San Diego Padres in the opener of a three-game set at Qualcomm Stadium.

Rogers lasted just 1 1-3 innings against Seattle on Sunday, giving up season highs of seven earned runs and 10 hits in a 9-5 home loss. The 38-year-old left-hander failed for the fifth consecutive time to earn his 150th career win. He didn’t get the decision in any of his previous four starts.

“It’s frustrating, but what are you going to do?” said Rogers, a free agent signee in the offseason after going 13-8 in Texas last season. “Good teams make their breaks and they’re a good team.”

Rogers, who hasn’t lost consecutive decisions since April 19-May 6, 2001, is 1-1 with a 3.92 ERA in three career starts against the Padres.

The Twins won the matchup between division leaders, taking two of three from NL-West leading San Francisco with Thursday’s 5-2 victory. A.J. Pierzynski drove in two runs and Cristian Guzman had three hits for the Twins, who lost four in a row before the series against the Giants.

San Diego escaped being swept by the Detroit Tigers on Thursday, posting a 5-1 victory in the finale of their series.

Keith Lockhart, a backup second baseman, hit a go-ahead homer in the sixth, and Rondell White went 1-for-4 with an RBI as the Padres pulled percentage points ahead of Detroit for baseball’s worst record.

San Diego won for just the eighth time in 38 games.

“It’s definitely a good feeling not to get swept by a team that you’re basically battling for the worst record in baseball,” winning pitcher Adam Eaton said. “But we were in all three games. We probably should have won all three. To come back and win today was real big for us.”

The Padres have yet to win consecutive games since taking three straight April 23-25.

STANDINGS: Twins - 1st place, AL Central. Padres - 5th place, 19 GB, NL West.

TWINS PROBABLE STARTER: Rogers (4-2, 5.20 ERA). Rogers, who won four of his first five starts, is 0-1 over his last five starts during which he has allowed at least three earned runs four times.

PADRES PROBABLE STARTER: Jake Peavy (4-5, 4.62 ERA). After surrendering seven earned runs and seven hits over 5 2-3 innings in a 10-4 home loss to Arizona on Sunday, Peavy is 0-4 with a 5.09 ERA over his last six starts. The 22-year-old right-hander also walked five and remained winless since April 25 when he posted a 7-3 victory in Cincinnati. Peavy has never faced the Twins.

OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Twins - Jacque Jones, .310 avg., 34 runs and 6 SBs; Bobby Kielty and Torii Hunter, 8 HRs; Hunter, 35 RBIs. Padres - White .299 avg.; White and Ryan Klesko, 10 HRs and 31 RBIs; Xavier Nady, 31 runs; Shane Victorino and Ramon Vazquez, 7 SBs.

INTERLEAGUE RECORDS: Twins - 2-1. Padres - 1-2.

STREAKS AND NOTES: Twins - LHP Eddie Guardado finished with his 17th save in 17 chances on Thursday. He set a team record with 24th straight save, one more than LaTroy Hawkins had in 2001. … CF Hunter stole his first base of the season on Thursday after getting caught seven times. … SS Guzman is tied with Boston’s Nomar Garciaparra for the AL lead with eight triples. Padres - LF White has homered and driven in two runs off LHP Rogers. … 3B Sean Burroughs suffered a bruised forearm Thursday after getting hit by a pitch on his left forearm in the first. … CF Mark Kotsay, who was activated from the 15-day disabled list before Thurday’s game, went 2-for-4 with a walk. … The Padres have the majors’ second-worst ERA at 5.66. Only Texas is worse at 5.86.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Twins - 18-11 on the road; Padres - 11-22 at home.

INJURIES: Twins - RHP Rick Reed (back), 15-day DL; RHP Mike Fetters (hamstring), 60-day DL; LHP Eric Milton (knee), 60-day DL. Padres - OF Jason Bay (wrist), 15-day DL; RHP Clay Condrey (rib cage), 15-day DL; RHP Brandon Villafuerte (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Trevor Hoffman (shoulder), 60-day DL; RHP Kevin Jarvis (elbow), 60-day DL; LHP Kevin Walker (elbow), 60-day DL; RHP Jay Witasick (elbow), 60-day DL; OF Phil Nevin (shoulder), 60-day DL.

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