While the Minnesota Twins appear to be playing some of their best baseball, they're likely in for a tough test against a right-hander who hasn't lost in more than a month.
The surging Twins look to match their season-best winning streak Friday night when they face the Seattle Mariners' red-hot starter Hisashi Iwakuma.
Minnesota (23-28) took advantage of struggling Milwaukee by sweeping the season series for the first time in franchise history with an 8-6 victory in the finale Thursday. Joe Mauer, Brian Dozier, Ryan Doumit and Chris Parmelee each homered to lead the Twins to their fifth win in six games following a 10-game losing streak.
"It's a totally different vibe, I'm going to be honest with you," said Dozier, who hit safely in each of the four games.
Minnesota now hopes to win five in a row for the first time since April 15-23 while handing Iwakuma (5-1, 2.35 ERA) his first defeat since a 3-2 loss at Houston on April 23.
Iwakuma, who is 3-0 with a 2.63 ERA with 40 strikeouts in...