Detroit Tigers (72-82) vs. Minnesota Twins (79-75) — 1:08 PM ET
Comerica Park — Detroit, MI
Radio: 97.1 The Ticket (click for affiliates)
Weather: 70 degrees, partly cloudy
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When We Last Met
The Detroit Tigers continued to try and spoil the Minnesota Twins playoff hopes on Saturday, but Minnesota won, 6-2, keeping its playoff hopes alive. The loss also guaranteed a losing record for the Tigers and officially eliminated Detroit from the playoffs.
But despite the loss Detroit has beaten Minnesota in three of the last five contests between the two clubs. The Tigers are 11-7 against the Twins this season. Although Detroit has already won the season series, Sunday’s game is the rubber match of the weekend series, and the Tigers would love to win one last time in front of the home crowd in 2015.
Unfortunately for Minnesota, Houston and Los Angeles also won on Saturday, so the Wild Card standings pretty much stayed the same. Here are the AL Wild Card standings as of Sunday morning.
New York Yankees 85-69 +4.5
Houston Astros 81-74 –
Los Angeles Angels 80-74 0.5
Minnesota Twins 79-75 1.5
Cleveland Indians 77-76 3.0
Baltimore Orioles 76-78 4.5
In the final game at Comerica Park this season, the Tigers will have a pitcher who didn’t start the season on their roster and likely will not be on the team next year on the mound. Left-hander Randy Wolf could be making one of his last starts in his career on Sunday.
Although he has pitched well in some starts, he has yet to win a game in a Tigers uniform, posing a 0-4 record. Wolf also has a 5.91 ERA and 1.63 WHIP in six starts in Detroit.
After the huge win on Saturday, Minnesota has exactly who they want on the mound for this very important game on Sunday. Right-hander Ervin Santana, who missed the first half of the season due to a PED suspension, will make his 16th start of the year.
Santana is 6-4 with a 4.31 ERA in 94 innings but has pitched very well lately. He is 4-1 with a 1.50 ERA in his last five starts.
Detroit Tigers Lineup
1. Rajai Davis CF
2. Ian Kinsler 2B
3. Miguel Cabrera DH
4. Victor Martinez 1B
5. J.D. Martinez RF
6. Nick Castellanos 3B
7. Tyler Collins LF
8. Alex Avila C
9. Josh Wilson SS