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  W: M. Fulmer (3-5)   L: L. Lynn (4-5)   S: S. Greene (17)
10:10 AM PT11:10 AM MT12:10 PM CT1:10 PM ET13:10 ET17:10 GMT1:10 10:10 AM MST12:10 PM EST12:40 PM VEN21:10 UAE12:10 PM CT, June 14, 2018
Comerica Park, Detroit, Michigan  Attendance: 27,573

Tigers move on without 'Miggy' against Twins

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According to STATS

Minnesota Twins at Detroit Tigers

  1. The Minnesota Twins are 7-1 in their last eight games in Detroit. They have scored 10 or more runs in five of those games and no fewer than 6 in any. The Tigers scored more than 5 runs just once in a 12-11 win on August 12, 2017.
  2. The Twins avoided being swept by the Angels with a win on Sunday. Minnesota has the worst record in one-run games this season (3-13); the Twins have lost eight-straight one-run games, including a 2-1 loss to the Angels on June 9.
  3. Detroit is 3-6 in its last 9 after dropping two of three at home against Cleveland. Tigers pitchers have allowed a home run in 10-straight games, tied for the longest active such streak in MLB (Rangers).
  4. Jake Odorizzi has been unable to get through the sixth in his last four starts. On the season, he has the lowest ground ball percentage (26.1) and the fifth-highest home runs per nine innings (1.85) among qualified pitchers in MLB.
  5. Blaine Hardy is coming off the worst start of his career. He was tagged for five runs over six innings in Boston. However, he has yet to allow an earned run in the first inning, making him one of only five pitchers with five or more starts this season of which that can be said.
  6. Brian Dozier is slashing .384/.454/.686 against Detroit since the start of 2017, reaching base in all 21 games over that stretch. He has recorded at least one double in each of his last six games against Detroit, tied for the longest such streak against the Tigers since Joe Vosmik did it in nine games between 1936 and 1937.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 6/12/2018 thru 6/14/2018

The Detroit Tigers recovered quickly from the loss of their biggest star. They now have a chance to collect a series win over a key division rival.

The Tigers rallied for four runs in the eighth inning to defeat the Minnesota Twins 5-2 on Wednesday night. Detroit was playing its first game since learning Miguel Cabrera would miss the remainder of the season with a ruptured biceps tendon.

"We talked about it beforehand," Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said. "Miggy's down, we lost a tough one last night but the one thing this ballclub has done to this point is always bounce back. They always come back with fight and they did it tonight."

The Tigers will rely on a younger, unheralded group of players to carry them the rest of the way. John Hicks, who replaced Cabrera at first base, had three hits Wednesday. So did utilityman Niko Goodrum. Victor Reyes, a Rule 5 draftee who has played sparingly, knocked in the go-ahead run.

"That's when a team is rolling," right fielder Nicholas Castellanos said. "Flip a coin. Everybody's picking up the slack, everybody's doing their part. Even when I don't come through, Candy (Jeimer Candelario) doesn't come through or (Leonys) Martin doesn't come through, that's OK because we know the guy behind us is going to step up and do it."

Michael Fulmer will oppose Lance Lynn in the finale of the three-game series Thursday afternoon.

Fulmer (2-5, 4.40 ERA) got a no-decision in his last start but it was one of his most powerful performances this season. He held Cleveland to one run on five hits in seven innings while recording seven strikeouts Friday.

He threw 71 fastballs between 95 and 99 mph that evening.

"I finally felt like I was back to my old self a little bit," Fulmer told the Detroit News afterward. "My fastball was coming out good. My change-up and slider were there. Now I have to keep doing what I've been doing, keep getting better."

He's given the Twins fits in his three major league seasons. Fulmer has won all of his four career stats against them while posting a 3.04 ERA. He's struck out 23 in 23 2/3 innings in those outings.

Lynn (4-4, 5.08 ERA) has settled into a groove after a slow start. He's won three of his last four outings, including a six-inning stint Friday when he held the Los Angeles Angels to one run on four hits in a no-decision.

"It's getting there," Lynn told mlb.com afterward. "Had the one inning (in the second) where I gave up the run, threw a bunch of pitches, which cost me the ability to go deeper into the game. But overall, my stuff was good."

That quality stretch began with his best performance of the season, when he held the Tigers scoreless for 6 2/3 innings on May 22.

In three career starts against Detroit, Lynn is 2-1 with a 2.84 ERA.

Following Thursday's matinee, Minnesota heads to Cleveland for a three-game series while Detroit begins an eight-game road trip against the Chicago White Sox.

Updated June 13, 2018

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