Twins seek series win vs Yanks, Arraez returns, Lewis return timeline unclear

The Twins resounding 8-1 win Wednesday night gave them a chance to win this week’s three-game series from the best team in baseball – the New York Yankees.

Click the video box on this page to watch a clip from Twins manager Rocco Baldelli’s pre-game chat with media that includes thoughts on his team’s wins over Toronto and the Yankees and an update on Royce Lewis

The Yankees 40-16 record and .714 win percentage is way ahead of the rest of the league. The New York Mets are next-best at 38-21 and .632.

Thursday night’s game against the Yankees is a chance for the Twins to take a second straight series from an American League power, after they took two of three games in Toronto last weekend. The Jays have the fourth-best record in the AL.

The Twins begin a home series against Tampa Bay on Friday. The Rays (34-23) have the third-best record in the American League.

LEWIS STATUS STILL UNCLEAR

Prior to Thursday’s game, Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said there is still no timetable for rookie sensation Royce Lewis. Lewis sought a second opinion on his injured knee, which has the Twins seeking more information on the injury.

Lewis crashed into the outfield wall on May 29th, injuring his knee. It was initially diagnosed as a bone bruise, and he was placed on the 10-day injured list.

He has yet to resume baseball activities.

ARRAEZ BACK IN LINEUP

Luis Arraez is back in the Twins lineup, slated to lead-off and play first base Thursday night against the Yankees.

Arraez left Tuesday night’s game after making a defensive play. He didn’t play Wednesday and Thursday’s release of the Twins starting lineup was slightly delayed so the team could confirm Arraez would be available.

Arraez’ .361 batting average leads MLB – well clear of next-best Tim Anderson of the White Sox (.356). Arraez’ .448 on-base percentage also tops the charts, ahead of Tampa Bay’s Yandy Diaz’ .424.