Detroit Tigers (20-14) vs Minnesota Twins (19-15) – 1:08 PM ET
Comerica Park – Detroit, MI
Radio: 97.1 The Ticket (click for affiliates)
Weather: 56 degrees, clear
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The Detroit Tigers will look to avoid dropping their fourth straight series after not losing any to that point.
With another win today, the Minnesota Twins would move into a second place tie with the Tigers.
The Tigers do have one advantage today, they are 13-4 in day games.
When We Last Met
31 year old Anibal Sanchez, who hasn’t been himself this season, will start for the Tigers on Thursday. Sanchez is 2-4 with a 5.44 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 37 strikeouts in 43 innings this season. The right-hander has had a problem tossing up the long ball this year too, yielding six home runs to the opposition.
The good news is Sanchez has pitched well against the Twins this year. He is only 1-1 versus Minnesota, but he has allowed just three runs in 13 2/3 innings against them.
Feel-good story Mike Pelfrey will be on the hill for the Twins. Pelfrey was a decent pitcher with the New York Mets more than five years ago, but he coming into 2015, he had just 12 victories over the last four seasons.
He, however, is 3-0 with a 2.62 ERA and 1.22 WHIP in 34 1/3 innings this season. Pelfry beat the Tigers, 3-2, on April 28. In that game, he allowed two runs, one earned, on three hits in seven innings.
- Anthony Gose-CF
- Ian Kinsler-2B
- Miguel Cabrera-1B
- J.D. Martinez-DH
- Yoenis Cespedes-LF
- Nick Castellanos-3B
- Rajai Davis-RF
- Bryan Holaday-C
- Jose Iglesias-SS
- Bruce Rondon — 15-day DL
- Alex Avila — 15-day DL
- Justin Verlander — 15-day DL
- Joe Nathan – Out for the Season