Sport Preview: Twins at Tigers

13:15  13 august  2017
13:15  13 august  2017 Source:   foxsports.com

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DETROIT — The possibility of Detroit Tigers third baseman Nicholas Castellanos shifting to right field next season will be explored in the next few weeks and perhaps into spring training.

Castellanos will immediately begin taking fly balls in right during batting practice, Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said before Saturday’s game against the Minnesota Twins.

“He’s going to start working in right field. We’ll see how it goes,” Ausmus said. “We’re not going to put him in a game. We’re weeks away from putting him in a game.

“Al (general manager Avila) and I talked to Nick on Friday. I had talked to Nick before that. He’s actually gung-ho about it. He wants to do it.”

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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 — The possibility of Detroit Tigers third baseman Nicholas Castellanos shifting to right field next season will be explored in the next few weeks and perhaps into spring training. Castellanos will immediately begin taking fly balls in right during batting practice

Detroit closes its weekend series with Minnesota on Sunday with southpaw Matthew Boyd (5-6, 5.64 ERA) seeking to get back on track after two poor starts. Boyd is 5-1 with a 3.52 ERA in eight starts against the Twins, including 2-0 in three starts this season.

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Minnesota counters with right-hander Ervin Santana (12-7, 3.27 ERA), who is 9-5 with a 3.36 ERA in 20 career starts against Detroit. His shortest start of the season, 3 1/3 innings, came against the Tigers on July 21 at Target Field.

While manager Paul Molitor knows who’s going to start, he isn’t sure who would finish if a save opportunity comes up for the Twins.

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2. Twins 3B Miguel Sano left Monday’s game due to back tightness and expects to miss a few games. 3. Tigers LF Justin Upton exited the series opener with a left calf strain, but could return Tuesday. PREDICTION: Tigers 5, Twins 3.

Minnesota has been without an established closer since trading right-hander Brandon Kintzler before the end of July. Molitor has alerted all of his relievers to be ready.

Of the Twins’ current pitchers, only two have saves this season. Matt Belisle has two and Dillon Gee one.

Belisle (0-2) took the loss Saturday night when he gave up a walk-off, two-run homer in the ninth to Detroit left fielder Justin Upton. Detroit blew a 5-0 first-inning lead but rallied from an 11-6 deficit in the sixth to pull out a 12-11 win.

“At least to this point, there’s no question that no matter who I’ve called on, he seems to have been throwing the ball well,” Molitor said before the loss. “I think it’s kind of a challenge for these guys with Kintz being gone knowing that they might be asked to do things a little bit differently and not sure day to day of where they might have their name called at any particular juncture of the game.

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2. Minnesota DH-1B Joe Mauer (quads) rested on Sunday and is considered day-to-day. 3. Twins 2B Brian Dozier has gone without a homer in four straight games after clubbing seven in his previous five contests. PREDICTION: Tigers 5, Twins 3.

DETROIT — The Detroit Tigers may find the Minnesota Twins a bit tougher to deal with this season than last. Detroit beat up on Minnesota the same way that Cleveland handled Detroit, with the Tigers taking 15 of 19 games from the Twins in 2016.

“I would love to get a little bit more settled, but as it is now and between guys that are fresh, guys that are not, guys who match up particularly well in various situations, when I’m looking for double plays or strikeouts, all those kind of things. And I kind of sense when I talk to those guys that they’re enjoying that. Hopefully they keep pitching well.”

Detroit’s void in right field was created when it dealt right fielder J.D. Martinez to Arizona two weeks before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline and no obvious replacement in view.

The club also acquired a slew of third base/shortstop minor leaguers in deals for Martinez, left-hander Justin Wilson and backup catcher Alex Avila to restock a farm system bereft of position players. Of course, that triggered talk that Castellanos, who has regressed defensively this year, will be moved off the position in the spring.

“I brought it up to them,” Castellanos said. “I’m willing to do it if it makes things better for them. I’ve been on a defensive merry-go-round. (He was a high school shortstop who Detroit shifted to third immediately after signing). I’ve been to third, right, left and back to third.

“I’m way more of an adult than I was at 19.”

Twins place Sano on 10-day DL, recall Vargas from Triple-A .
The Minnesota Twins placed star third baseman Miguel Sano on the 10-day disabled list with a left shin stress reaction , the team announced Monday.To replace him on the 25-man roster, Minnesota recalled Kennys Vargas from Triple-A Rochester. Vargas will begin his fifth stint with the Twins in 2017 when they head to Chicago for a five-game series against the White Sox.

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