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LAA@MIN: Twins retake the lead on Carroll's single

The finale of the three-game series between the Angels and Twins on Thursday at Target Field features two talented starting pitchers looking to put first-start-of-the-season struggles behind them.

Angels right-hander Dan Haren and Twins lefty Francisco Liriano both will be trying to find better command and control of their pitches.

Haren gave up 11 hits and five earned runs in 5 1/3 innings in a 6-3 loss to the Royals on Friday, giving up home runs to Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas.

Angels pitching coach Mike Butcher thinks Haren's poor first outing was an anomaly, considering he had an outstanding Spring Training.

"He was just a little up in the zone," Butcher said in an interview Wednesday. "He just has to get the ball down.

"I know that we're not going to get too many starts like that from him throughout the year, so I'm very confident."

Haren will be trying to bounce back at a place where he has not fared too well.

He has given up 10 runs in 13 innings in two career starts at Target Field.

Liriano didn't have much to say about Thursday's start. He struggled against the Orioles on Saturday, allowing six runs, five of them earned, in four-plus innings.

"My game plan didn't work," he said. "I'm just going to keep working. I got behind in the count, and made a couple mistakes. I just got to get ahead in the count, make whatever pitches I need to make."

Angels: Trumbo may get start
• Manager Mike Scioscia indicated Wednesday he is leaning toward getting Mark Trumbo back into the lineup at third base on Thursday against the left-hander.

Twins: Gray gets easy win
• Reliever Jeff Gray got a one-pitch victory in Wednesday's 6-5 victory over the Angels, taking over for starter Carl Pavano in the seventh inning and getting Peter Bourjos to hit a soft grounder to third baseman Danny Valencia.

Worth noting
• Former Twins center fielder Torii Hunter is in the last year of his contract with the Angels and would like to play for them again next season, but acknowledges it is not his call. "I want to be back," Hunter said. "In my mind, I tell myself I want to be back. But I can tell myself that. It's up to them." Comments