May 21, 2014; San Diego, CA, USA; Minnesota Twins first baseman Joe Mauer (7) celebrates with teammates after a win against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. The Twins won 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Pregame Notes & Lineups: San Francisco Giants Host Minnesota Twins

The Giants are back home after a brief 3 (2.5) games in Colorado. If you missed it yesterday, the Giants and Rockies were suspended in the middle of a tie game. They will resume in September when the Giants are in Denver once again.

As for tonight’s matchup, it’s the Minnesota Twins coming to town for 3 games to start this 6-game home stand. For Minnesota, RHP Kyle Gibson (4-3, 4.20 ERA) gets the start against RHP Tim Lincecum (3-3, 4.74 ERA). Insert your own “Timmy is jealous of the other guy’s ERA” joke here.

The Twins are 23-21 and in second place in the AL Central. If the season were to end today (I’m not ready for that) the Twins would currently be a Wild Card team.

The Giants are still 3 games up on Colorado and 4.5 games ahead of Los Angeles in their own division. They are 29-18, the best record in the National League. The Giants have also been hot at home winning 12 of their last 17.

The lineups for the first game of this rare Twins-Giants series.

You’ll noticed that yes, Buster Posey is in the lineup, but at first base tonight. It’s just a precaution after a long day yesterday.

It’s also starting to look as if Matt Cain will be able to make his next start. He played catch today and also took batting practice.

If you’re headed to the game tonight, be advised that Southbound I-280 will be closed near the park. The Northbound lane will be open.

Anything else you may want to know about this history of the Giants and the Twins can be found over at McCovey Chronicles from Grant Brisbee. Spoiler Alert: There isn’t a whole lot to know.

The complete history of Twins/Giants relations

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