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Game XXXXIV Thread: The Royals of Kansas City versus the Twins of Minnesota

Ian Kennedy dukes it out with Ricky Nolasco and the Twins.

The Twins need to fear The Red Menace
The Twins need to fear The Red Menace
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The World Champion Kansas City Royals - it can still be said because it is still a fact, a surreal but delightful fact - venture into Target Field for the first time in the 2016 season to take on the last-place Minnesota Twins. The Twins own the worst record in baseball. The Royals are one game over .500 and 3.5 games out of first place.

For the first in a three-game set, the Royals send Ian "The Red Menace" Kennedy to the mound. Kennedy has enjoyed a resurgent season in front of the Royals defense after a middling 2015 in the pitcher's haven of Petco Park. Just 50.0 innings into this young season, he's been worth 0.6 fWAR, or 0.2 fWAR less than he was all of last year.

The Twins counter with Ricky Nolasco, who has been less bad than in his previous two seasons with the Twins. In fact his performance has been just good enough to engender a sense of hope that he might be an asset with modest trade value at the deadline.

The Twins and Royals will have lineups that will hopefully get posted in this space, but if they don't, it was because the author didn't have the time to embed them.

Here are the Twins:

The Royals seem to be shuffling their lineup around as they work around Alex Gordon's injury. And Mike Moustakas's apparently.