The Twins enter their two-game set with the Padres on Tuesday night looking for their fourth consecutive series victory. Minnesota has notched series wins over the Red Sox, Tigers and Mariners.
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire attributes his club's recent success to confidence and chemistry in the clubhouse.
"We always feel like we can win," Gardenhire said. "It's a different feeling in the dugout. The guys are into it and rooting really hard. It's not like they haven't in the past, but they're making things happen. I think some of our guys have a little more experience now. Our pitching has been giving us a chance, which is huge. It's all part of the process. But it's a fun atmosphere and it's pretty loose and fun to watch."
The Twins look to continue their run behind right-hander Kevin Correia, who is slated to take the mound for the series opener at Petco Park. Correia is a former Padre, having pitched for San Diego from 2009-10. He has struggled in his career against his former team, with a 4.83 ERA in 22 lifetime appearances (eight starts) against the Friars.
Correia has been struggling so far this season, with a 6.80 ERA in eight starts. He said he's not sure what has led to his troubles thus far.
"It's kinda strange," Correia said. "I don't know why things are going the way they are right now. I feel comfortable on the mound and I'm throwing all my pitches fairly where I want them. Obviously, I'm making some mistakes and they're getting hit, but it's not like I'm searching for anything."
San Diego is scheduled to counter with right-hander Ian Kennedy, who has struggled as of late as well. He was roughed up in his last outing on Thursday by the Reds, giving up five runs on 11 hits over six innings in a 5-0 loss.
"I didn't have my best curveball, didn't have my best changeup, my fastball command even," Kennedy said. "It just felt like a battle from the start. A good team like that, they're going to somehow scratch out some runs. I managed it early on and just kind of left a couple of pitches over the plate."
Kennedy is looking for his first win at home this season (0-4).
Twins: Hicks takes meeting to heart, better prepared at the plate
Center fielder Aaron Hicks has struggled at the plate this season, hitting .198. But following a meeting with Gardenhire on Tuesday, Hicks has been putting more work in and has become more prepared when in the batter's box.
Gardenhire is pleased with the results, as Hicks hit a walkoff RBI single against the Red Sox on Thursday and went 4-for-8 with a double and a walk in the three-game series against the Mariners over the weekend.
"You can already see it in him -- he's out working early and has a bat in his hand going to hit all the time in the cages," Gardenhire said. "He's doing what he's supposed to do. He's here early and working to be a baseball player. That's all we wanted from him and he's doing it. He's doing well."
Padres: Double plays galore
The Padres turned five double plays against the Rockies at Coors Field on Saturday, their most in a nine-inning game in franchise history since Aug. 8, 2008, ironically, against the Rockies at Coors Field.
The franchise record for most double plays turned in a single game is six in a 19-inning win over the Pirates in 1979.
The Padres tied the Giants for most double plays turned in a single game this season. San Francisco also turned five on May 5 against the Pirates.
• Seth Smith and Will Venable have had success in their careers against Correia. Smith is 6-for-15 (.400) lifetime against the right-hander and Venable is 4-for-9 with a triple and two RBIs.
• The Twins and Padres have not met since Minnesota swept San Diego at Target Field from June 17-19, 2011.
Manny Randhawa is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.