Detroit Tigers (69-59) at Minnesota Twins(58-71) – 2:10pm ET
Target Field – Minneapolis, MN
TV: Fox Sports Detroit
Radio: 97.1 The Ticket (click for affiliates)
Weather: 88 degrees, partly cloudy
Miguel Cabrera is not in the starting lineup this afternoon due to soreness in his ankle.
When We Last Met
The Detroit Tigers stopped their slide last night with a win against the Twins in the night game of the day-night double header. Though Tigers’ pitching still gave up six runs, including a ninth inning run to cut the Tigers’ lead to two, given up by Joe Nathan. Justin Verlander had issues with his slider, but overall looked to have better control of his fastball.
Max Scherzer(14-4, 3.07 ERA) had one of his shakiest starts of the season against the Tampa Bay Rays in his last outing, but still managed to go seven innings, even giving up four runs on four hits and three walks. Last outing aside, Scherzer has dominated all season giving the Tigers a legitimate shot at winning every time he’s on the mound, even when he doesn’t have his best stuff. He is 7-2 with a 4.43 ERA in his career.
Kyle Gibson(11-9, 4.13 ERA) went five and a third innings in his last start against Cleveland, giving up five runs on eight hits and one walk. He is 1-1 with a 6.00 ERA against the Detroit Tigers in his career.
Detroit Tigers Lineup
- Rajai Davis – CF
- Ian Kinsler – 2B
- Torii Hunter - RF
- Victor Martinez-DH
- J.D. Martinez - LF
- Nick Castellanos - 3B
- Alex Avila – C
- Eugenio Suarez – SS
- Don Kelly – 1B
- Miguel Cabrera – Day-to-Day
- Anibal Sanchez - 15-day DL
- Joakim Soria - 15-day DL
- Luke Putkonen - Out indefinitely
- Andy Dirks - Out indefinitely
- Joel Hanrahan - 60-day DL
- Jose Iglesias - Out for season
- Bruce Rondon - Out for season
- Mike Pelfrey - 2015