Kyle Gibson vs. Joe Biagini, 12:07 p.m.
For fans, this game could carry a little more weight, at least as far as feeling good about how the Twins are doing. With the win, the Twins could return home with a .500 road trip and still in a playoff position. A loss would mean losing both series on the road trip against teams with losing records and the possibility of falling out of a playoff position. At the very least, it would be another lost opportunity to expand their lead on a very tight and congested wildcard race.
More importantly, I think, this game will signify the end of a 12 games in 10 days stretch while missing several key players for much of it. The Twins have seven wins so far in this stretch and are going for their eighth today before getting a much-deserved off day on Monday. Then, in less than a week, the Twins can call up more reserves when the rosters expand.
Looking ahead, the Twins will have 32 games over the final 34 days of the season. Only 15 of them are at home, however, only 6 of those games are against teams with currently better records than the Twins: 3 at the Yankees and 3 at the Indians. If the Twins are within 3 games of the Yankees, that could be quite the series in New York in mid-September.