But each team's star - Joe Mauer and Ryan Braun - have done anything but struggle in recent meetings against each other's team. Each will look to get their respective clubs back on track Monday as Minnesota and Milwaukee meet in a four-game series, beginning with two contests at Miller Park.
The Twins (19-28) enter having lost 11 of 12 while struggling on the mound and at the plate. Their pitchers own a 6.11 ERA during that stretch and the offense has scraped together only 2.7 runs per game while batting .214.
Minnesota was limited to three hits and starter Mike Pelfrey was charged with five runs and five hits over 5 2-3 innings in a 6-1 loss at Detroit Sunday.
Despite an 0-for-4 performance Sunday, Mauer will try to give Minnesota a lift as he often has against Milwaukee. A .359 career hitter versus the Brewers, he's batting .456 with six three-plus hit games over the last 16.
The Brewers (19-29) lost for the ninth time in 12 games with a 5-4 defeat to Pittsburgh Sunday. They're also experiencing a severe run shortage of late, scoring 18 over their last seven contests.
Manager Ron Roenicke met with general manager Doug Melvin for about an hour prior to Sunday's defeat, according to the team's official website.
"Nobody's happy about how we're playing," Roenicke said. "We need to figure out what we can do to try to get it back on track again. There are no clear answers."
Braun, who drove in three of Milwaukee's runs with a fifth-inning double, is 17 for 38 (.447) with five homers and 16 RBIs in his last nine versus Minnesota.
The slugger hasn't always had a ton of success against Monday's Twins starter Kevin Correia , however, going 8 for 31, though he homered twice.
Correia (4-4, 3.90 ERA) forged a solid start to the season with a 3-1 record and 2.23 ERA in his first five outings. The last four have been forgettable though as he's 1-3 with a 6.75 ERA.
The most recent was his toughest yet, with Correia giving up five runs and eight hits over a season-low four innings in a 5-1 loss at Atlanta last Monday.
"I didn't throw the ball real great tonight," Correia said. "As far as this season, I think that was the only start that I didn't feel like I had good command of something I could go with."
Starting for Milwaukee will be Wily Peralta (3-5, 6.45), who has also been hit hard lately. He's lost three straight starts while surrendering 13 earned runs in 12 2-3 innings.
The Brewers didn't back him up well defensively in those games, committing five errors.
"I'm leaving too many pitches up, right down the middle, up in the zone," Peralta said. "Things are not happening my way."
Correia is 4-6 lifetime versus the Brewers but went 2-0 with a 2.50 ERA against them last year in four games, including two starts.
|May 26, 2013||Wilkin Ramirez||7-Day DL||Head injury|
|May 23, 2013||Pedro Florimon||Day-to-Day||Left game - sprained right index finger|
|May 22, 2013||Trevor Plouffe||7-Day DL||Concussion|
|April 16, 2013||Wilkin Ramirez||Day-to-Day||Back contusion|
|April 16, 2013||Darin Mastroianni||60-Day DL||Stress reaction in left ankle|
|March 30, 2013||Cole De Vries||15-Day DL||Right forearm strain|
|May 25, 2013||Jim Henderson||15-Day DL||Strained right hamstring|
|May 22, 2013||Hiram Burgos||15-Day DL||Right shoulder impingement|
|May 08, 2013||Tom Gorzelanny||15-Day DL||Left shoulder tendinitis|
|May 08, 2013||Tom Gorzelanny||15-Day DL||Left shoulder tendinitis|
|April 28, 2013||Jean Segura||Day-to-Day||Right index finger|
|April 12, 2013||Alex Gonzalez||Day-to-Day||Left hand contusion|
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Joe Mauer is giving the umpires a good look at his home runs lately.
Mauer wound up with a home run instead of a double after the umpiring crew went to video replay, and the Minnesota Twins beat the Milwaukee Brewers 6-3 Monday.
On Saturday, the umps reviewed a drive by Mauer in a 3-2 win over Detroit and upheld their call that it was a homer.
"It's funny, that's my second review in three days," Mauer said. "The first time they ruled it a home run originally and the outfielder came in and tried to plead his case that it wasn't. They went back and reviewed it and it was."
"I'm two for two, which is good. But, it's kind of weird to have two home run reviews in three days," he said.
The ball hit the padding atop the fence and then appeared to strike a back wall, making it a home run. The second base umpire was Angel Hernandez - he was the chief in Cleveland earlier this month when Hernandez and his crew mistakenly failed to reverse a call on the field and rule a home run.
The Twins won for only the second time in 13 games. Carlos Gomez homered twice for the Brewers.
Minnesota led 4-3 when Mauer led off the seventh inning against Tom Gorzelanny with a long fly to left field. Mauer stopped at second base.
"They obviously signaled a double out there," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "I was honestly sitting right here (in the clubhouse) talking with my starting pitcher. I looked at the monitor and I just took off running out and said that's a home run. They said, `We'll talk and we'll go get it right.' Easy enough."
Moments later, Mauer had his fourth home run of the season.
"I thought it was a homer," Mauer said. "Nobody had made a call yet, so I just stayed on the base. I'm just glad they went and reviewed it and got it right. Nobody wants a homer taken away from them like that. Hats off to them for going in there and getting it right."
Kevin Correia (5-4) pitched six innings and gave up three solo homers. Glen Perkins pitched a perfect ninth inning for his 10th save.
Wily Peralta (3-6) allowed four runs on five hits and five walks in five innings. He lost his fourth consecutive start.
The Twins took advantage of Peralta's wildness in the fifth. Brian Dozier reached on an infield single with one out, Mauer and Justin Morneau walked and Ryan Doumit lined a two-out, two-run single to make it 4-1.
"Two outs with runners on first and second, he walked Morneau on some pitches that weren't that close," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "At the time, that was a big at-bat. Doumit gets a hit and they get two runs."
Jean Segura and Gomez hit back-to-back homers to open the sixth.
Chris Parmelee 's solo homer in the eighth put the Twins up 6-3.
Gomez hit his ninth homer leading off the fourth.
The Brewers loaded the bases with none out in the first but didn't score. Yuniesky Betancourt lined into a double play and Jeff Bianchi struck out.
"I was kind of off in the first," Correia said. "To get out of that with no runs was huge. You feel so much better about going back out there in the second inning. It changes your mindset. I felt great the rest of the game."
NOTES: Alfredo Figaro will start Tuesday against the Twins. He is 0-0 with a 3.46 ERA in 15 appearances, all in relief. Figaro was a starter the last two seasons for Orix in Japan. ... Bianchi bunted for a single, giving the Brewers 64 infield hits, tops in the major leagues. ... Josh Roenicke , nephew of Brewers manager Ron Roenicke , relieved to start the seventh inning for the Twins. Josh Roenicke is the son of former major league outfielder Gary Roenicke . ... Brewers star Ryan Braun , held out of the starting lineup with a sore thumb, pinch-hit in the ninth and lined out to end the game.