Detroit Tigers (14-7) at Minnesota Twins (9-11) – 1:10 PM ET
Target Field – Minneapolis, MN
TV: FSD and MLB Network
Radio: 97.1 The Ticket (click for affiliates)
Weather: 63 degrees, clear
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This third game of the series at Target Field will be the rubber match between The Detroit Tigers and Minnesota Twins. Detroit won on Monday, 5-4, while Minnesota finally defeated Detroit for the first time this season, 3-2, on Tuesday.
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The Tigers bats fell silent on Tuesday in the loss as Detroit registered just three hits versus Twins starter Mike Pelfry in seven innings and no hits against the Minnesota bullpen. Anibal Sanchez pitched well but allowed two runs in the seventh and that proved to be the difference.
Still, Detroit is 4-1 against Minnesota this season.
Shane Greene will be on the mound for Detroit on Wednesday afternoon. He has been absolutely superb this season until his rough outing versus the Indians last week. Greene allowed eight runs on nine hits and two walks in just four innings against the Tribe.
Despite the terrible start, Greene is 3-1 with a 3.00 ERA. He pitched very well against the Twins in the first series of the year, allowing just one unearned run on four hits in eight innings.
Phil Hughes is starting for the Minnesota Twins. He hasn’t pitched well this month, posting a 4.39 ERA through 26 2/3 innings. On Opening Day, Hughes allowed four runs on eight hits, including two home runs in a loss to the Tigers.
Hughes, however, pitched much better in his last outing, going eight innings and yielding just two runs but still lost. He is 0-4 this season.
Rajai Davis returns to the lineup for the first time since he left Sunday’s game with an injury, but there are no other changes besides a rest days for Alex Avila and Jose Iglesias. With an average of just 3.11 runs over the last nine games, it would be nice if manager Brad Ausmus shaker things up a bit.