Scouting report: Orioles vs. Twins

April 27, 2001

At the Metrodome, Minneapolis

Day Time TV Starters

Today 8:05 p.m. CSN Jose Mercedes (0-3, 8.34) vs. Joe Mays (2-1, 2.86)

Tomorrow 7:05 p.m. 54, 50 Chuck McElroy (0-1, 6.92) vs. undecided

Sunday 2:05 p.m. 54, 50 Pat Hentgen (1-2, 2.82) vs. undecided

Radio: All games on WBAL (1090 AM)

Twins update

The small-market, low-budget Twins represent the American League's feel-good story of the season. They have the game's second-best record, 15-5, including 8-1 at the Metrodome and 14-3 within the AL Central. The Twins are third in the league with a .272 team average while ranking second in slugging percentage with 89 extra-base hits. Led by Maryland alum Eric Milton and Brad Radke, the Twins were one of six AL teams with a sub-4.00 ERA. The Twins have already set a team record for wins in April. The Orioles are also 20-6 at the Metrodome the last four seasons, including 7-2 the last two years. Overall, the Orioles own a 31-8 advantage over the Twins the last four seasons. Delino DeShields hit .519 against the Twins last season.

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