TEX: RHP Kevin Millwood (1-2, 2.53 ERA)
Millwood is 1-0 with a 3.75 ERA in two starts at home this year and is 8-1 with a 3.52 ERA in his last 13 starts at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. In 35 career starts in Arlington, he is 16-11 with a 4.97 ERA. He has never beaten the Twins in his career, going 0-5 with a 5.64 ERA that is his third highest against any American League team. Four of his five outings this year have been quality starts. MIN: RHP Nick Blackburn (1-1, 2.49 ERA)
The rookie right-hander made it two straight impressive outings at the Metrodome to start the season. After holding the Angels to just one run in his first start of the year, Blackburn delivered a nearly identical start against the Indians. He pitched 7 2/3 shutout innings, holding Cleveland to eight hits while not issuing a walk in the outing, although he did record one hit-by-pitch.
Michael Young has a nine-game hitting streak and is hitting .400 (16-for-40) during that stretch. ... Kinsler took Thursday off and still has a streak of having reached base safely in 22 straight games. ... The Rangers have had the lead at some point in six of their last seven games.
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Saturday: Rangers (Scott Feldman, 0-0, 4.50) vs. Twins (Scott Baker, 2-0, 3.51), 7:05 p.m. CT
Sunday: Rangers (Vicente Padilla, 2-2, 4.97) vs. Twins (Livan Hernandez, 3-0, 3.55), 1:05 p.m. CT
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.