Detroit Tigers at Minnesota Twins Game 144 Preview, TV, Lineup
Detroit Tigers (65-78) at Minnesota Twins (75-68) — 8:10 PM ET
Target Field — Minneapolis, MN
Radio: 97.1 The Ticket (click for affiliates)
Weather: 80 degrees, breezy
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When We Last Met
Before Friday, it had been a long time since the Detroit Tigers faced the Minnesota Twins, and actually, some could point to the two teams’ last meeting as a turning point for the Tigers season.
Detroit took the first game of that series, but on July 10, the Tigers blew six-run lead to lose, 8-6, in the bottom of the ninth. The Twins also took the next two games, and the Tigers limped into the All-Star break with an even 44-44 record.
On Friday, it was much of the same as Detroit fell to Minnesota, 7-1.
The Detroit Tigers will once again turn to Alfredo Simon to help stop the bleeding, but the right-hander hasn’t done much of that lately. He has allowed at least five runs in three of his last four outings. Simon also has a shutout in that span, but even with that, he has yielded 19 runs in his last 22 frames
For the season, Simon is 12-9 with a 4.94 ERA, 1.43 WHIP and 105 strikeouts in 160 1/3 innings.
The Twins will send right-hander Phil Hughes to the mound. He is 10-8 with a 4.49 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 85 strikeouts in 144 1/3 innings this season.
Like Simon, Hughes has really struggled lately. In his last three outings, Hughes has allowed 15 runs and has a 9.88 ERA. Over that stretch, opponents are hitting .381 with a 1.181 OPS against him. It could be another long, offensive game on Tuesday night.
Detroit Tigers Lineup
1. Anthony Gose CF
2. Ian Kinsler 2B
3. Miguel Cabrera 1B
4. J.D. Martinez RF
5. Victor Martinez DH
6. Nick Castellanos 3B
7. Tyler Collins LF
8. James McCann C
9. Andrew Romine SS
- Jose Iglesias — Day-to-Day
- Daniel Norris — 15-day DL
- Anibal Sanchez — 15-day DL
- Joe Nathan – Out for the Season