Before first pitch...

President of baseball operations Andy MacPhail walked out of interim manager Juan Samuel’s office after batting practice without making a decision on whether to activate Brian Roberts.

“He’s campaigning,” MacPhail said.

Just a hunch, but I bet Roberts is activated tomorrow.

The Twins lead the majors with a .289 average with runners in scoring position. The Orioles rank last at .226.

Minnesota pitchers have issued the fewest walks with 202.

A bizarre stat for runs scored: The Twins have scored 445 runs, 100 more than the Orioles. The Twins have allowed 406 runs, exactly 100 fewer than the Orioles.

I can’t take the credit here. MASN’s Kal Patel unearths these gems.

Corey Patterson isn’t in the lineup despite a career .588 average against Carl Pavano.

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