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The Associated Press

The Los Angeles Angels have been better at home than any other team in baseball, and they've been particularly impressive there lately.

Kyle Gibson has been equally dominant recently for the Minnesota Twins.

Los Angeles aims for its 13th home win in 15 tries Tuesday night as it faces Gibson and Minnesota.

The Angels (41-33) are a major league-best 23-14 at home. Their starting pitchers have a 2.14 ERA during the current 12-2 stretch in Anaheim.

Los Angeles is coming off a three-game sweep at home over Texas, homering four times in Sunday's finale and beating ace Yu Darvish. A four-run fourth inning against Darvish keyed the 5-2 win as C.J. Cron homered for the third straight game.

Josh Hamilton is batting .400 over his last nine home games but has never faced Gibson (6-5, 3.25 ERA), who has gone 22 consecutive innings without allowing a run.

Gibson has thrown seven scoreless in three straight starts, winning twice, while allowing a combined 10 hits. He gave up two hits and struck out a career-best eight without issuing a walk in a 2-1, 10-inning loss at Boston on Wednesday, making quite an impression on nine-time All-Star David Ortiz.

"He's very impressive," Ortiz said. "For a young kid to have that sense to know what he's doing and spotting his pitches the way he did, very impressive."

The right-hander's lone start against the Angels came as a rookie last year, surrendering two runs on solo homers - one by Albert Pujols - over six innings in a 10-3, 10-inning win July 23.

The Twins (36-38) have won four in a row for the first time this season after securing their first four-game sweep of the White Sox since 1994.

"Anytime you sweep anybody is a real good feeling, but anytime you get a four-game it makes it that much more gratifying for our ballclub," said bench coach Terry Steinbach, who filled in for manager Ron Gardenhire after he was ejected for arguing in the third inning of Sunday's 6-5 win.

Joe Mauer was 6 for 16 with six RBIs in the series and has hit .472 with 10 RBIs in his last nine games against the Angels. Kurt Suzuki is batting .420 over his last 14 contests and has hit safely in nine straight, but he's batting .130 in his last seven matchups with Los Angeles.

Neither has fared well against Tuesday's starter, C.J. Wilson, with each going 2 for 22 with a combined 13 strikeouts. Mauer's .091 average against Wilson is his lowest off a pitcher against which he's had at least 20 at-bats.

Wilson (7-6, 3.34) has been dominant at home, going 5-0 over his last six outings at Angel Stadium with a 1.58 ERA and no home runs allowed in 45 2-3 innings.

He had an impressive showing on the road his last time out, limiting Cleveland to a run and three hits over seven innings of a 5-3, 10-inning defeat Thursday.

Wilson owns a 5.27 ERA in seven starts versus the Twins, though he's 4-2 and has won his last three decisions against them.

Josh Willingham has seven home runs and 14 RBIs in his last 14 games against the Angels but enters in a 3-for-29 slump with 13 strikeouts.

Mike Trout is a career .383 hitter against Minnesota, which outscored Los Angeles 36-18 while taking five of six last season.

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