Series: Game 3 of 4

LA Angels leads 3-0 (as of 9/6)

Game 1: Thursday, September 4
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Game 2: Friday, September 5
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in 10
Game 3: Saturday, September 6
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Game 4: Sunday, September 7
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Angels 8

(86-55, 39-31 away)

Twins 5

(61-81, 30-41 home)

    7:10 PM ET, September 6, 2014

    Target Field, Minneapolis, Minnesota 

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    LAA 111000023 8 12 0
    MIN 021200000 5 9 1

    W: J. Smith (7-2)

    L: J. Burton (2-5)

    S: H. Street (13)

    Angels-Twins Preview


    Not only will the Los Angeles Angels be looking to continue their mastery of the Minnesota Twins on Saturday night -- they'll also look to extend their dominance of Phil Hughes.

    Los Angeles (85-55) improved upon baseball's best record Friday with a 7-6, 10-inning victory at Minnesota.

    The Angels have totaled 32 runs and hit .320 while taking all five meetings of 2014. They haven't won six straight over the Twins in a single season since a seven-game winning streak from April 11-Aug. 4, 1985.

    Mike Trout has been a big part of their dominance in the season series, going 7 for 18 with six RBIs. He was 2 for 6 with a double Friday and drove in two runs to become the youngest Angel ever with 100 RBIs.

    "It just means we're winning games, so that's all that matters to me," said Trout, who has hit .404 with seven doubles and 12 RBIs over his last 12 matchups with the Twins. "It's a pretty cool accomplishment."

    The 23-year-old is also 2 for 4 with a home run against Hughes (15-9, 3.54 ERA).

    Hughes is 3-3 with a 7.71 ERA in nine career games -- six starts -- versus the Angels for his highest ERA against a single opponent he's faced at least three times.

    Howie Kendrick is 6 for 13 with a homer off Hughes while Albert Pujols is 4 for 5 versus the right-hander.

    However, the Angels will be seeing what appears to be an almost entirely different Phil Hughes for the first time this year. He is looking to become the AL's first 16-game winner, which would also tie him for the most victories on a last-place team since Pedro Astacio won 17 for Colorado in 1999.

    Hughes, who entered the season with a 4.53 career ERA, is 5-1 with a 1.67 ERA in his last six starts and has completed at least seven innings in five straight for the first time in his career.

    "He's been huge," Joe Mauer said. "Whenever we give him the ball, we feel like we have a real good chance of winning."

    Hughes comes off a 6-4 win at Baltimore on Monday, giving up three unearned runs over eight innings.

    The Twins (61-80) could certainly use a solid pitching performance given their 5.88 ERA during a 4-10 stretch.

    Rookies Kennys Vargas and Danny Santana continue to be represent some of the few bright spots for Minnesota. Vargas is batting .333 over his last 16 games with eight RBIs in the last five, while Santana has hit .394 with nine runs over his last seven.

    The Twins might be up against a variety of arms with Cory Rasmus (3-1, 2.48) set to make his second career start. He was the first of eight pitchers in Los Angeles' 2-0 win over Oakland last Saturday, giving up one hit and striking out six in three innings as he got the nod in place of the injured Garrett Richards.

    Saturday will likely be another bullpen day.

    "If he can get into the fourth, great," manager Mike Scioscia told MLB's official website. "If he can get into the fifth, better yet. We'll just see how he can hold up in his start."

    Josh Hamilton wasn't in Friday's lineup after leaving Thursday's 5-4 victory due to a sore right shoulder, but is expected to return Saturday.

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    Gameday Matchup

     Los AngelesMinnesota
    Current StreakL3L1
    Last 103-75-5

    Pitching Matchup

    Los AngelesMinnesota
    C. Rasmus
    3-2, 2.57 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/28 at SEA
    3.0 IP, 2 ER
    Dec = Loss
    P. Hughes
    16-10, 3.52 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/24 vs ARI
    8.0 IP, 1 ER
    Dec = Win

    Gameday Lineups

    NO.Los AngelesMinnesota
    1. K. Calhoun, RF D. Santana, CF
    2. M. Trout, CF B. Dozier, 2B
    3. A. Pujols, 1B J. Mauer, 1B
    4. H. Kendrick, 2B K. Vargas, DH
    5. E. Aybar, SS T. Plouffe, 3B
    6. D. Freese, 3B O. Arcia, RF
    7. C. Iannetta, C K. Suzuki, C
    8. B. Boesch, LF E. Escobar, SS
    9. C. Cron, DH A. Hicks, CF

    Research Notes

    Albert Pujols got his 2,500th career hit today, putting him in exclusive company. He's just the 5th player in MLB history to get 2,500 career hits and 500 HR with a .310 lifetime batting average.

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