Brewers up against surging Twins

Brewers up against surging Twins

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Brewers began a three-game series on Friday against the Twins at the Metrodome, and while the two teams hooked up just two weeks ago at Miller Park, Milwaukee might not recognize its opponent.

Since the Brewers beat the Twins, 4-2, on June 15, Minnesota has reeled off nine straight wins -- three consecutive sweeps of National League opponents (Washington, Arizona and San Diego).

It is a drastic change from the Minnesota team that entered the previous matchup with Milwaukee losers of seven of eight games.

But the Brewers aren't paying attention.

"Just because they're hot, or if they are not hot, we don't change our approach," Brewers manager Ned Yost said. "That doesn't enter into anything. Our approach is exactly the same."

Seth McClung started the June 15 contest and got the win, the Brewers' only victory in the series. McClung gets a chance to end Minnesota's nine-game streak on Friday.

Center fielder Mike Cameron said the Brewers don't perceive the Twins any different this time around.

"Respect your opponents the same way," Cameron said. "They are playing much better now, so that means that we have to be better than we were. That's about it."

The Brewers are not unfamiliar with hot streaks, however. They have won eight of 10 and are the Major Leagues' hottest team since May 20. In that span, Milwaukee has gone 23-11.

Thor Nystrom is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.