Looking for some intense baseball action? Well Thursday’s your lucky day as we’ve got two mouth-watering MLB games that will definitely whet your sporting appetite. Kicking things off this afternoon is the critical AL East showdown between the Baltimore Orioles and the New York Yankees. Following later in the nightcap is the AL Central clash between the Kansas City Royals and Minnesota Twins.
Read on below for a quick breakdown of these two important matchups and while you’re at it, you can check out our US Open semifinal previews of Williams vs. Stephens and Keys vs. Vandeweghe.
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New York Yankees vs. Baltimore Orioles (1:35 PM ET)
Line: New York Yankees at Baltimore Orioles – view all MLB lines
Hostilities between the Yankees and the Orioles resume this afternoon after Wednesday’s downpours postponed their series finale. Sonny Gray and Kevin Gausman will still get the start for both sides who are locked in a tight battle in the race for the AL Wild Card. Only 3.5 games separate New York and Baltimore in the team standings. Gray is just 2-4 in six starts since being traded to the Bronx Bombers. He allowed three homers in his last start against the Boston Red Sox. Gausman, on the other hand, has a 3.04 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, 85 strikeouts and seven wins over his last 13 starts (77 innings).
The Yankees edge past the Orioles, 5-3.
Minnesota Twins vs. Kansas City Royals (8:15 PM ET)
Line: Minnesota Twins at Kansas City Royals – view all MLB lines
The Minnesota Twins finally snapped their three-game losing skid with a 10-6 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday. It was a morale-boosting win for the Twins who moved a half-game ahead of the Los Angeles Angels for the second and final wild card spot in the American League. The Twins will look to consolidate that advantage when they face the Kansas City Royals tonight. The Twins have lost six of their last eight games against their AL Central rivals.
Starting for Minnesota in this all-important clash is Kyle Gibson. He pitched six shutout innings in his last start against the Royals, recording five strikeouts and no walks. The Twins won that encounter, 17-0. The Royals, on the other hand, will have Sam Gaviglio as their starter tonight. Gaviglio, who will be making his Kansas City debut in the series opener, was 3-5 with a 4.62 ERA in 12 games (11 starts) with the Seattle Mariners this season.
Minnesota wins, 5-2.
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