It’s Jim Leyland Appreciation Day at Comerica Park on Saturday afternoon and one can only expect a thunderous ovation for old “Skip.” Some fans had, and still inexplicably have, a bone or 10 to pick with Leyland and his managerial style, but consider this–he went 700-597 (.540) with the Tigers from 2006 to 2013, bringing two AL Pennants to Detroit. The five previous managers post-Sparky Anderson (from 1996 to 2005) went 652-966 (.403).
Detroit Tigers (20-11) vs. Minnesota Twins (16-18) — 1:08 PM ET
Comerica Park — Detroit, MI
TV: FSD, MLB Network
Radio: 97.1 The Ticket (click for radio affiliates)
Weather: 68 degrees, sunny
When We Last Met
Phil Hughes befuddled Tigers’ batters for seven strong, shutout innings on Friday night, wasting a solid effort by Justin Verlander. A ninth inning rally off Twins’ closer, Glen Perkins was not enough as the Tigers avoided the shutout but lost the game, 2-1.
Max Scherzer (4-1, 1.72) continues to roll through the early part of his season and is looking for his fifth straight victory after his first three starts yielded two no-decisions and a loss. Last time out, Max stymied the hapless Houston Astros, throwing eight shutout innings, allowing just three hits. Scherzer has yet to record fewer than seven strikeouts, recorded twice. He’s struck out 7, 8, 10, 9, 10, 7 and 9 in his seven starts. Max was perfect in three starts against Minnesota in 2013, posting a 1.77 ERA.
Kyle Gibson (3-2, 3.50) has had an up and down season. He started strong, but allowed 12 runs in back-to-back starts against the Angels and Rays on April 22 and 30. The righty was much better in his most recent start, allowing no runs and just two hits in seven innings. He received a no-decision in the 1-0 Twins win over the Indians last Monday. This will be his first career start against Detroit.
V. Martinez (DH)
- Anibal Sanchez – 15-day DL
- Luke Putkonen – 15-day DL
- Joel Hanrahan – 15-day DL
- Andy Dirks – 60-day DL
- Jose Iglesias – 60-day DL
- Bruce Rondon – 60-day DL
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