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Twins at Cubs Series Preview: Probables, How to Watch, and More

The Cubs are 2-0 this year against Twins and will look to sweep the season series against the AL Central cellar-dwellers.

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The Chicago Cubs start a two-game home series against the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday at Wrigley Field.

The Cubs (67-83, fourth in NL Central) ended their latest losing streak at four games with a 6-4 win in Milwaukee against the Brewers on Sunday. Patrick Wisdom set Chicago’s rookie record with his 27th home run of the season in the eighth-inning comeback. The Cubs’ win also ended an 11-game losing streak against the Brewers.

The Twins (65-85, fifth in AL Central) have lost three of their past four and six of their past eight after a series loss at the Toronto Blue Jays. Minnesota won the opener 7-3 then fell 6-2 and 5-3.

The Cubs swept a two-game set at the start of the month at Target Field in Minnesota. Chicago won 3-1 and 3-0 to start a surprising seven-game winning streak.

Standings Watch

The Cubs have the eighth-worst record in the MLB, with the Twins two games behind them in seventh. The Kansas City Royals are two-and-half games up on the Cubs, who only have 12 games remaining this season.


Twins: Lewis Thorpe (shoulder), Cody Stashak (back), Devin Smeltzer (elbow), Taylor Rogers (finger), Kenta Maeda (forearm), John Gant (abdomen), Randy Dobnak (finger), Edwar Colina (elbow), Rob Refsnyder (elbow), Alex Kirilloff (wrist), Kyle Garlick (hernia)

Cubs: Brad Wieck (heart), Keegan Thompson (shoulder), Kohl Stewart (elbow), Jonathan Holder (shoulder), Jason Heyward (concussion), Michael Hermosillo (forearm), Nick Madrigal (hamstring), Nico Hoerner (oblique), Jose Lobaton (shoulder), P.J. Higgins (forearm)

Probable Pitchers

Tuesday: Griffin Jax, RHP (3-4, 6.65 ERA, 1.39 WHIP) vs. Alec Mills, RHP (6-6, 4.50 ERA, 1.40 WHIP)

Wednesday: Joe Ryan, RHP (1-1, 2.12 ERA, 0.53 WHIP) vs. Kyle Hendricks, RHP (14-6, 4.81 ERA, 1.37 WHIP)

How to Watch

Tuesday: 6:40 PM, Marquee Sports Network

Wednesday: 6:40 PM, Marquee Sports Network

All times Central

Brandon is a contributor for On Tap Sports Net covering the Chicago Blackhawks, Rockford IceHogs and Chicago Steel. He also covers the Blackhawks as an independent correspondent for Follow Brandon on Twitter @brandonmcain.

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