Sport Preview: Twins at Tigers

13:15  13 august  2017
13:15  13 august  2017 Source:   FOXSports

Watch: Tigers' Justin Upton walks it off in back-and-forth battle with Twins

  Watch: Tigers' Justin Upton walks it off in back-and-forth battle with Twins This game had as many lead changes as a Final Four game and turned out to be just as entertaining.This game was a wild one. The Tigers took a 5-0 lead in the first inning, before the Twins went on an 11-1 run take an 11-6 lead. But Detroit was far from done.

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.

DETROIT — Daniel Norris has seen what meaningful September baseball is like from the dugout and the bullpen. Now, he’ll get his chance to experience it on the mound. The Detroit Tigers ’ second-year left-hander will start the opener of a four-game home series against Minnesota on Monday night.

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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.”

Watch: Tigers' Justin Upton walks it off in back-and-forth battle with Twins

  Watch: Tigers' Justin Upton walks it off in back-and-forth battle with Twins This game had as many lead changes as a Final Four game and turned out to be just as entertaining.This game was a wild one. The Tigers took a 5-0 lead in the first inning, before the Twins went on an 11-1 run take an 11-6 lead. But Detroit was far from done.

The Tigers are right on the Twins ’ heels in the central division standings. Can the Twins hold on to first place? In 2016, the Tigers pretty much owned the Twins , beating them in fifteen of their nineteen meetings. It wasn’t pretty. But times have changed.

Your Minnesota Twins survived the first part of their gauntlet schedule to start the second half, and now get a brief respite, facing the Detroit Tigers at Target Field. The Tigers are 5 games behind the Indians, in fourth place, while the Twins are currently only a 1/2 game out of first place.

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.

Justin Upton's two-run homer caps stunning Detroit Tigers fightback

  Justin Upton's two-run homer caps stunning Detroit Tigers fightback Justin Upton hit a two-run homer to cap an incredible Detroit Tigers fightback against the Minnesota Twins. Detroit let a five-run lead slip to trail by the same margin with three innings left, but recovered to record a 12-11 victory.James McCann hit a grand slam in a five-run first inning for the Tigers, but Minnesota scored five runs themselves in the third, with Joe Mauer helping with a three-run double.Six more runs followed in the next three innings for the visitors, but Detroit pulled one back in the seventh, Jose Iglesia hit a two-run homer in a three-run eighth before Upton secured a dramatic victory.

The Tigers and Twins kick off a three-game series tonight at Comerica Park. Game 33: Detroit Tigers 2, Minnesota Twins 1. Tigers 2, Twins 1: 10th inning walk-off win backs Alfredo Simon's strong start.

MINNEAPOLIS — As the winds of change blow through major league baseball before the upcoming trade deadline, the Detroit Tigers and Minnesota Twins are becoming very active participants. The two teams who start a weekend series in Minnesota on Friday might look different before the end of the

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.

Watch: Justin Upton touches second base three times during home run trot

  Watch: Justin Upton touches second base three times during home run trot Upton went yard off of Dodgers pitcher Rich Hill, but his home run trot took a little longer than expected.He forgot to touch first base.

DETROIT — Anibal Sanchez gave up as many homers in his last start as he did in his previous eight starts combined. The veteran Detroit Tigers right-hander will try to bounce back from that disastrous outing when he faces the streaking Minnesota Twins on Friday.

The Tigers turned a similar trick when they acquired three-fifths of their current starting rotation for David Price and Yoenis Cespedes in 2015. He flummoxed the Twins at Comerica Park 11 days ago, and could do so again on Saturday. Prediction.

“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' Sano on verge of career high in homers, milestone .
Minnesota Twins slugger Miguel Sano's 25 home runs tie a career high and could flirt with the 40-homer mark this seasonMiguel Sano will be searching for a new career high in #SanoDoubters when the Minnesota Twins host the Texas Rangers in a four-game series at Target Field, beginning Thursday evening.

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