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Probable Pitchers

Toronto Blue Jays vs. Minnesota Twins

, Target Field
R.A. Dickey, RHP
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    R.A. Dickey, last 3 starts
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    R.A. Dickey, regular season
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    R.A. Dickey, last 5 years vs. MIN
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Career stats

Dickey gave up two costly home runs and was dealt a loss in his last outing against the Astros. The 39-year-old knuckleballer struggled with home runs in 2013. His 35 were the second-most allowed by any pitcher in the Major Leagues last year.

Mike Pelfrey, RHP
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    Mike Pelfrey, last 3 starts
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    Mike Pelfrey, regular season
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    Mike Pelfrey, last 5 years vs. TOR
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Career stats

Pelfrey has had trouble keeping the ball in the park this season, as he's already served up four homers in his first two starts. He gave up six runs on nine hits and four walks over five-plus innings in his last start against the A's on Thursday.

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Toronto Blue Jays vs. Minnesota Twins

, Target Field
Dustin McGowan, RHP
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    Dustin McGowan, last 3 starts
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    Dustin McGowan, regular season
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    Dustin McGowan, last 5 years vs. MIN
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Career stats

McGowan won his first game in six years last Friday in a 2-0 victory over the Orioles. He threw 6 1/3 scoreless innings, as the Jays won despite getting only three hits.

Kyle Gibson, RHP
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    Kyle Gibson, last 3 starts
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    Kyle Gibson, regular season
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    Kyle Gibson, last 5 years vs. TOR
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Career stats

Gibson will look to build off two impressive starts to begin 2014. In his last outing against the Royals, he overcame a challenging first inning -- allowing just one run on five hits in 6 1/3 innings to earn his second victory.

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Minnesota Twins vs. Kansas City Royals

, Kauffman Stadium
Ricky Nolasco, RHP
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    Ricky Nolasco, last 3 starts
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    Ricky Nolasco, regular season
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    Ricky Nolasco, last 5 years vs. KC
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Career stats

Nolasco will look to handle the Royals again after stifling their bats for a run on five hits over eight innings in a victory on April 12. This will be his first start at Kauffman Stadium.

James Shields, RHP
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    James Shields, last 3 starts
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    James Shields, regular season
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    James Shields, last 5 years vs. MIN
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Career stats

Shields had a rough time against the Twins last Saturday, giving up seven runs (one earned) in the first two innings, but hanging on into the sixth and 115 pitches. Because of two errors (one his own), his ERA actually dipped from 2.70 to 2.37.

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Minnesota Twins vs. Kansas City Royals

, Kauffman Stadium
Kevin Correia, RHP
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    Kevin Correia, last 3 starts
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    Kevin Correia, regular season
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    Kevin Correia, last 5 years vs. KC
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Career stats

Correia tossed seven quality innings in a no-decision against the Royals last Sunday, surrendering three runs on six hits. The right-hander is 0-3 with a 7.53 ERA in his career at Kauffman Stadium.

Jason Vargas, LHP
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    Jason Vargas, last 3 starts
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    Jason Vargas, regular season
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    Jason Vargas, last 5 years vs. MIN
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Career stats

Despite three outstanding starts and a 1.64 ERA, Vargas personally, and the Royals as a team, have just one win to show for it. In seven innings Sunday, he held the Twins to five hits and two runs on Josmil Pinto's homer. Now he gets another shot.

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Minnesota Twins vs. Kansas City Royals

, Kauffman Stadium
Phil Hughes, RHP
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    Phil Hughes, last 3 starts
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    Phil Hughes, regular season
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    Phil Hughes, last 5 years vs. KC
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Career stats

Hughes pitched well through five innings against the Blue Jays on Tuesday, but it all unraveled in the sixth. He ended up giving up four runs on eight hits and a walk with seven strikeouts.

Yordano Ventura, RHP
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    Yordano Ventura, last 3 starts
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    Yordano Ventura, regular season
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    Yordano Ventura, last 5 years vs. MIN
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Career stats

The hard-throwing righty scored his first career win against the Astros on Tuesday with a composed seven innings of four-hit ball. His overwhelming fastball has helped him record 30 strikeouts in four career outings.

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