The Tigers try to continue their winning ways against the Twins


The Tigers look to extend their winning streak to five games as they continue their three-game series against the Twins. After a three-game sweep of the Indians at home, the Tigers kicked off their final road trip of the season last night by building a six-run lead before escaping with an 8-6 victory in the series opener. Torii Hunter and Miguel Cabrera opened the ninth inning with back-to-back home runs as the Tigers posted their seventh win in eight games. The Tigers maintained their 1½-game lead over the Royals in the American League Central with 12 contests remaining in the regular season.

Joe Mauer delivered a pair of two-run singles as the Twins rallied from a 6-0 deficit to forge a tie before Casey Fien served up the ninth-inning home runs. The Twins have lost 17 of their last 22 games and they sit in the basement of the American League Central, five games behind the White Sox.

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Pitching Matchup:

Rick Porcello (15-11, 3.23 ERA) vs. Ricky Nolasco (5-11, 5.64 ERA)

Rick Porcello has lost his last three starts despite allowing only two runs over 6 2/3 innings against the Royals last time out. Porcello has given up fewer than three earned runs in eight of his last 10 games, including a relief appearance, but he is just 3-6 over that span. His lifetime record against the Twins remained at 8-6 on June 15, when he settled for a no-decision after yielding three runs in seven innings.

Ricky Nolasco took his fifth consecutive loss Thursday at Cleveland despite allowing only one run in seven innings. He is winless in his last seven starts but he has given up fewer than three earned runs in three of his last four outings. Nolasco made his only career start against the Tigers on June 15, when he took a no-decision after surrendering three runs over 5 1/3 frames.

Detroit Tigers (84-66) vs. Minnesota Twins (63-87)

8:10 PM ET, September 16

Target Field

63° F/ 17° C

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