Originally posted on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 5/18/12
A home series with the Minnesota Twins usually brings out the best in the Milwaukee Brewers. With the way things have been going, the reigning NL Central champions will be desperate for that trend to continue when they open a three-game set with the Twins on Friday night at Miller Park. Milwaukee (16-22) lost for the fourth time in five games Thursday, falling 4-0 at Houston. The Brewers have totaled eight runs in those defeats while batting .152 with runners in scoring position. "We have a lot of things that we have to start doing better offensively," manager Ron Roenicke said. Milwaukee enters interleague play with the NL's fourth-worst record and is six games out of first in the Central. The Brewers raced to a division crown last season thanks to their outstanding play at Miller Park, leading the majors with a franchise-record 57 home wins. They didn't lose their ninth game in Milwaukee last season until June 9, their 31st home contest, but are 9-9 in front of the home fans this year. A series with Minnesota might be what Milwaukee needs to establish some home-field advantage. The Brewers have gone 4-2 against the Twins each of the past two seasons, and have outscored Minnesota 38-14 in winning all six meetings at Miller Park. Ryan Braun is batting .304 with a homer and seven RBIs in the six home games, Corey Hart has a 1.100 OPS and Rickie Weeks is hitting .455 with two homers and seven RBIs. The Twins (12-26) own baseball's worst record, but they arrive in Milwaukee feeling good after beating Detroit 11-7 on Wednesday and 4-3 Thursday to sweep a two-game series from the defending AL Central champions. "We had some good things happen - a good couple of wins here," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "This is the team everybody's picked to win this division, and you come in here and you win a couple of ballgames against them. It's a good feeling. It's something we can kind of build off of." In trying to win three straight games for the first time, Gardenhire will give the ball to Scott Diamond (2-0, 0.00 ERA), who already is tied for the team lead in victories despite being called up from Triple-A Rochester just last week. After allowing four hits in seven innings of a 5-0 win over the Los Angeles Angels on May 8, the left-hander yielded five hits in seven scoreless innings in Sunday's 4-3 victory over Toronto. In the two home outings, he has struck out 10 and walked one. This will be the first appearance against the Brewers for Diamond, who went 1-5 with a 5.08 ERA in seven starts as a rookie last season. Milwaukee counters with Marco Estrada (0-2, 4.20), who hopes to do a better job of keeping the ball in the park. Against the Chicago Cubs on Sunday, Estrada yielded two runs and five hits in six innings of an 8-2 loss, but didn't get a decision. Both runs came off solo homers, and the right-hander has now served up two home runs in each of his last three starts. "That's what's killing me right now," he told the Brewers' official website. The Twins have an AL-low 25 homers, but have hit two in each of their last two games. Justin Morneau hit his fifth Thursday in his second game back from a trip to the disabled list with a wrist injury. The 2006 AL MVP is 2 for 2 with a double and a walk against Estrada. This will be Estrada's first start against the Twins after recording a 6.35 ERA in three relief appearances against them.
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Ezekiel Elliott: ‘Evil NEVER prevails’

Orioles, Padres reportedly talking trades of Melvin Upton, Cashner

Le’Veon Bell reportedly missed ‘several’ drug tests

Report: Islanders looking at locations to build new arena

Top five takeaways from this year's NBA Summer League


NCAA rules that hanging out with hip-hop star Drake is violation

WATCH: Justin Bieber arm wrestle Sixers center Joel Embiid

RUMOR: Celtics sign Green, Zeller and two others to contract deals

Kevin Durant Thunder jerseys going for less than 50 cents in OKC

Why are Saints holding out on contract talks with Drew Brees?

Jay Gruden gives out primo parking spots to hard-working players

Solo not taking any chances with Zika virus while in Rio

Rays reportedly demanding Profar in pitching deal with Rangers

Facebook doesn’t know the difference between Liverpool and Arsenal

Report: Teams asked about Wade Davis, asking price very high

Aussie Rules Football player accidentally kicks, breaks own leg

Former Arkansas football assistant trolls Bobby Petrino on social media

Could Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw's injury hinder trade talks?

Spurs strike a new deal with NBA stalwart Manu Ginobli

George makes return to Team USA following leg injury

Why the Clippers shouldn't break up their big three

White Sox pay homage to Bo Jackson’s bat-breaking skills with bobblehead

Orioles affiliate pay tribute to David Bowie on their jerseys

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Effect of ban on Russia could span beyond the Olympic Games

One Gotta Go: NBA players hate Facebook too

QUIZ: Name every city to host the NBA All-Star Game

One Gotta Go: NBA players settle the fast food beef

One Gotta Go: NBA players make tough choices on their favorite rappers

One Gotta Go: NBA Summer League is not about that Game of Thrones life

The top NHL free agents available as offseason winds down

WATCH: NBA jersey sponsors that need to happen

Expansion draft playing heavy hand in the current NHL offseason

WATCH: Pop & Timmy have a guys' night out

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Follow Yardbarker