Twins, Jays at Target Field in First of Three

Lance Lynn tries again for first win of the season

Al Schoch
April 30, 2018 - 6:44 am

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Lance Lynn again tries to get his first win for the Twins, who are searching for their second win in nearly two weeks.

The Twins have lost nine of ten after Sunday's lack-luster 8-2 loss to the Reds at Target Field. Cincinnati took two of three from the Twins for their first series win of the season.

The last time the Twins won a fully played series was three weeks ago, when they beat Houston two of three. 

The Twins are also set to add a pitcher to the tattered remains of the bullpen after Tyler Duffy was sent back to Triple-A Rochester.

Six times in the last seven games, Twins starters have failed to complete the fifth inning. Jose Berrios was the latest culprit, lasting just three innings in the series finale against the Reds.

"It takes a physical toll," said Twins manager Paul Molitor. "Just the amount of innings. We've had to make some moves along the way to just have enough pitching."

Lynn makes his fifth start on Monday. He's made it into the sixth inning in just one of them, and the Twins have lost every time he's been on the mound. 

His last appearance was a seven-hit, six-run debacle in less than three innings against the Yankees last Wednesday.

"You give up runs in each of the first four innings, and it gets a little bit higher in terms of your ability to think about making a comeback," said Molitor. "Playing from behind shouldn't be that big of a deal early in the game, but once it starts getting extended, it became more difficult for sure."

The Blue Jays come into Target Field on somewhat of a high note. Their 7-2 win over Texas on Sunday broke a four-game losing streak. Toronto has lost seven of its last ten games.

Aaron Schultz gets the start Monday for the Jays, who'll also play the Twins Tuesday night and Wednesday afternoon.

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