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  W: P. Corbin (12-7)   L: K. Gibson (13-7)
4:40 PM PT5:40 PM MT6:40 PM CT7:40 PM ET19:40 ET23:40 GMT7:40 4:40 PM MST6:40 PM EST7:10 PM VEN3:40 UAE (+1)6:40 PM CT, September 12, 2019
Target Field, Minneapolis, Minnesota  Attendance: 19,167

Twins hope Gibson's return adds spark against Nats

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Washington Nationals at Minnesota Twins

  1. The Nationals snapped a four-game losing streak with a 9-4 victory over the Braves on Sunday. Washington is two and a half games clear of Chicago for the first NL Wild Card spot, although 17 of the team's final 20 games are against teams currently at .500 or better.
  2. Minnesota has the third-easiest remaining schedule in the majors, with its upcoming opponents combining for a .431 winning percentage. The Twins are an MLB-best 59-21 (.738) against teams currently under .500, compared to 29-34 (.460) against teams .500 or better, which ranks 13th in MLB.
  3. Since the All-Star break, Anthony Rendon is leading the majors in batting average (.382), while ranking second in MLB in OPS at 1.116 (Alex Bregman -- 1.132; min. 200 PA). Rendon's post-ASB OPS is on pace to be the highest in franchise history, as Vladimir Guerrero currently has the top spot with a 1.095 OPS in the second half of 2003 for the Expos (min. 200 PA).
  4. Mitch Garver has hit three home runs in his last two games bringing his season total to 29. Garver has only played 82 games this season -- the last catcher (based on player's primary position in season) with more home runs through 82 player games in a season was Detroit's Rudy York in 1937 (31).
  5. Jose Berrios has an 8.07 ERA and a .336 opponent batting average over his last six starts. Berrios has allowed 29 earned runs over this stretch, the most he has surrendered in any six-start span in his career.
  6. The Nationals have won five consecutive games against the Twins, their longest-active win streak against any American League opponent. Prior to winning five straight against the Twins, Washington had lost five games in a row against Minnesota from 2007-13.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/10/2019 thru 9/12/2019

Kyle Gibson returns from a stint on the injured list to try for his 14th win on Thursday night when the Minnesota Twins face the Washington Nationals in the rubber game of a three-game interleague series in Minneapolis.

Gibson (13-6, 4.58 ERA) last pitched on Aug. 30 when he notched his second straight win over the Detroit Tigers, allowing four runs on 10 hits over five innings in a 13-5 victory at Comerica Park in Detroit.

The right-hander went on the 10-day IL two days later because of ulcerative colitis, an inflammation in his intestines that made it difficult for him to sleep at night. Gibson had a corticosteroid (anti-inflammation) shot that helped relieve some of his symptoms.

"The last two weeks have progressed well," Gibson told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "I wouldn't say that I'm quite 100 percent, but I'm definitely on the road back and feel much better than I have the last month. So, I've been sleeping better, my stomach has been more consistent, and it's been refreshing, really."

Stomach issues are nothing new for Gibson. He got a late start to spring training after picking up E. coli during a mission trip to the Dominican Republic at the end of January, causing him to lose 20 pounds.

"I'm probably not quite where I want to be (from) where I was at the beginning of the season," Gibson said. "But, yeah, I think because I feel better, I'm good enough to go back out there and be able to compete better and give the team a chance to win."

Gibson had a 7.18 ERA in his last five starts before going on the injured list. His return is even more timely for the Twins (89-56), who lost arguably their most consistent starter over the last three months, right-hander Michael Pineda, for the rest of the season after he garnered a 60-game suspension from Major League Baseball on Saturday for testing positive for hydrochlorothiazide, a diuretic.

Gibson will be making just his second career start against Washington (80-64). The first came in 2016, when he allowed seven runs on seven hits in three innings in an 8-4 loss at Nationals Park.

Left-hander Patrick Corbin (11-7, 3.16 ERA) will make his first career start against Minnesota. Corbin comes in off a 4-3 loss at Atlanta on Friday during which he allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits and six walks in five innings while striking out nine.

Washington, which holds a 3 1/2-game lead over the Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers for the top wild-card spot in the National League, bounced back from a 5-0 loss to the Twins in the series opener to even the series with a 6-2 win on Wednesday night.

The Nationals, behind a two-run home run by Ryan Zimmerman -- who finished with three hits and three RBIs -- staked Stephen Strasburg to an early 5-0 lead. Strasburg held the Twins to just two runs on four hits over six innings to pick up his National League-leading 17th victory.

"Scoring first is big," Zimmerman said after Washington improved to 55-25 this season when scoring first. "With the pitching staff that we have, if we can score first, they usually go out there and throw a couple of shutdown innings. And it kind of gets the other team on its heels."

--Field Level Media

Updated September 12, 2019

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