|DETROIT ( SANCHEZ )|
MINNESOTA ( DEDUNO )
|971||DETROIT||-170||Ov 8,-120||-155||Ov 8.5,-115|
|972||MINNESOTA||+160||Un 8,+100||+145||Un 8.5,-105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||30-21||+0.5||26-25||4.9||0.278||0.342||3.5||0.229||0.284|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2.5||2-5||4.0||0.261||0.336||2.6||0.204||0.248|
|vs Right-handed Starters||24-30||+1.3||22-31||4.0||0.237||0.307||4.3||0.281||0.332|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-0.1||1-6||2.4||0.215||0.281||3.9||0.275||0.316|
|6/1/2013||VERLANDER(R)||@ BALTIMORE||HAMMEL(R)||10-3||W||-140||8.5 ov||O||12||7||0||9||7||0|
|6/2/2013||PORCELLO(R)||@ BALTIMORE||GAUSMAN(R)||2-4||L||-115||10 un||U||10||4||0||10||9||0|
|6/4/2013||SANCHEZ(R)||TAMPA BAY||MOORE(L)||10-1||W||-145||8 un||O||15||12||0||4||3||0|
|6/5/2013||FISTER(R)||TAMPA BAY||COBB(R)||0-3||L||-140||8 ev||U||6||9||0||8||4||1|
|6/6/2013||SCHERZER(R)||TAMPA BAY||HERNANDEZ(R)||5-2||W||-195||8.5 un||U||13||8||0||6||7||0|
|6/10/2013||FISTER(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)||2-3||L||-135||8.5 un||U||7||8||0||9||4||0|
|6/11/2013||SCHERZER(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||DAVIS(R)||3-2||W||-160||8.5 ov||U||11||10||0||5||4||0|
|6/12/2013||VERLANDER(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)||2-3||L||-115||7.5 ov||U||7||8||2||8||6||0|
|6/14/2013||PORCELLO(R)||@ MINNESOTA||DIAMOND(L)||4-0||W||-135||9 un||U||5||4||2||3||5||0|
|6/15/2013||SANCHEZ(R)||@ MINNESOTA||DEDUNO(R)|| |
|6/16/2013||FISTER(R)||@ MINNESOTA||WALTERS(R)|| |
|6/22/2013|| ||BOSTON|| || |
|6/4/2013||DEDUNO(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||MENDOZA(R)||3-0||W||130||8.5 ov||U||10||11||0||4||5||0|
|6/5/2013||WALTERS(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)||1-4||L||130||8.5 un||U||8||14||1||8||7||0|
|6/6/2013||PELFREY(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||DAVIS(R)||3-7||L||140||9 un||O||5||8||1||11||3||1|
|6/8/2013||CORREIA(R)||@ WASHINGTON||GONZALEZ(L)||4-3||W||180||7.5 un||U||11||13||0||10||6||1|
|6/9/2013||DIAMOND(L)||@ WASHINGTON||ZIMMERMANN(R)||0-7||L||180||7.5 un||U||3||8||1||14||8||2|
|6/9/2013||DEDUNO(R)||@ WASHINGTON||KARNS(R)||4-5||L||115||8.5 ev||O||8||9||1||10||9||1|
|6/18/2013||PELFREY(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)|| |
|6/19/2013||CORREIA(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||SALE(L)|| |
|6/20/2013||DIAMOND(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||DANKS(L)|| |
|6/21/2013||DEDUNO(R)||@ CLEVELAND||KAZMIR(L)|| |
|6/22/2013|| ||@ CLEVELAND|| || |
|DETROIT: HITTING: OF AUSTIN JACKSON doesn't make much contact, but manager Jim Leyland likes his speed in the leadoff spot. RYAN RABURN and RAMON SANTIAGO will split second base duties, with Raburn getting the majority of the starts. 3B MIGUEL CABRERA seems to have cleaned up his act. He's an MVP candidate. So is newcomer 1B PRINCE FIELDER who will try to keep slugging in his move to a pitchers' park. His presence was needed after DH VICTOR MARTINEZ was lost for the season with a knee injury. OF DELMON YOUNG is a pending free agent, and he hit well after escaping spacious Target Field. He'll nab the starting LF job but could also DH. OF BRENNAN BOESCH did enough pre-injury to earn an everyday role, but he'll again be in danger of fading over the summer. SS JHONNY PERALTA had a resurgence in 2011, and he's on the right side of 30. C ALEX AVILA might not hit for average, but his power is legit. Leyland favorite BRANDON INGE and DON KELLY will back up the All-Star corner infielders, so neither expect to get much playing time. Streaky OF ANDY DIRKS is a fourth outfielder. C GERALD LAIRD will spell Avila. |
STARTING PITCHING: You can't expect an identical stat line for JUSTIN VERLANDER; his opponent .236 batting average on balls in play suggests there was some luck involved in his MVP season. But he's still the best pitcher in the American League by a wide margin. DOUG FISTER's improved strikeout rate with the Tigers suggests he could sustain success as a quality No. 2 starter. MAX SCHERZER can still be outstanding when he's on, but he was inconsistent again last year. He could figure it out in his late-20s, but time is running out. RICK PORCELLO still has a ways to go. His mid-season success came against some weak lineups. He's still only 23, but he hasn't been able to beat hitters at any level in the pros. The Tigers are still searching for a No. 5 starter. Top prospect JACOB TURNER is only 20, but the Tigers haven't been shy about fast-tracking young arms. He was dominant in the minors, but torched in his first big-league stint. ANDY OLIVER appears to be the front-runner for this role, but DREW SMYLY is also a possibility.
RELIEF PITCHING: JOSE VALVERDE was perfect in 2011, but it was a surprising development considering his sliding K/BB ratio. For Tigers fans, he carries more risk than 49-for-49 would suggest. One of baseball's better set-up men, JOAQUIN BENOIT is an eighth-inning-only guy. He'd take over if Valverde got hurt. OCTAVIO DOTEL is another elite set-up man who will step up as the seventh-inning guy. As good as AL ALBURQUERQUE was in the regular season (one extra-base hit'a double'allowed in 43.1 innings!), he's out until at least the All-Star break after offseason elbow surgery. Lefty DANIEL SCHLERETH has a chance to be the closer of the future, but first he'll need to cut down on the walks.
|MINNESOTA: HITTING: OF BEN REVERE's slap-and-run style fits well in spacious Target Field. He will compete with lefty Chris Parmelee for the starting RF job. OF DENARD SPAN should be over his concussion problems. He works the count well as a steady presence near the top of the order. C JOE MAUER will see more time at first in an attempt to keep him healthy. Offensively, he'll be limited by a pitcher-friendly home park and no support in the lineup. RYAN DOUMIT has a chance to play regularly and stay healthy as a full-time DH and/or backing up Mauer behind the dish. 1B JUSTIN MORNEAU's concussion symptoms came back late last year. It's a bad omen. OF JOSH WILLINGHAM is being relied on to produce runs, but he's going from one pitcher-friendly home park (Oakland) to another. 3B DANNY VALENCIA showed enough power in 2011 to secure an everyday job heading into 2012. Newly signed SS JAMEY CARROLL has done a nice job off the bench, but hasn't been tested in an everyday role. If hamstring problems are still holding him back, 2B ALEXI CASILLA has won the second-base job ahead of disappointing import TSUYOSHI NISHIOKA, who will start the year in the minors. |
STARTING PITCHING: Who would have thought CARL PAVANO would emerge as the picture of consistency and durability? While he's far from a star, the veteran continues to be a rock for Minnesota, throwing strikes and eating innings. SCOTT BAKER got hurt again last year. If he could ever stay healthy, he's the prototype for success at Target Field'lots of strikeouts, few walks, lots of flyouts. The FRANCISCO LIRIANO rollercoaster nosedived again last year. The Twins have gotten so desperate to keep him healthy that they actually let him pitch more over the offseason. He's obviously a huge risk again. BRIAN DUENSING, NICK BLACKBURN and JASON MARQUIS are all the definition of fifth starter. They serve it up, give up a lot of hard-hit balls, and hope they get hit right at their defenders. If Duensing and Blackburn falter, ANTHONY SWARZAK probably pitched well enough last year to get a shot in the rotation. LIAM HENDRICKS, one of the organization's better prospects, would be a slightly more exciting option.
RELIEF PITCHING: Despite his underwhelming performance last year, MATT CAPPS will pitch the ninth inning again because of his 'closer's experience.' He figures to be on an undeservedly long leash. GLEN PERKINS certainly proved he deserves to close. He was Minnesota's best reliever in his first full season in the 'pen. His velocity was up as a short reliever, and the lefty was truly overpowering. If things go sour for the Twins again this season (and it seems likely they will), perhaps they'll get serious about Perkins later this year.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (DETROIT-MINNESOTA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Tigers-Twins Preview* ======================
By JORDAN GARRETSON STATS Writer
Detroit (36-28) at Minnesota (29-34), 7:15 p.m. EDT
With a dominant effort, Anibal Sanchez came within two outs of history the last time he faced the Minnesota Twins.
Sanchez - having skipped his last start - looks to shut down Minnesota again Saturday night at Target Field as the Detroit Tigers seek their eighth win in 11 games.
Sanchez's bid to become the fourth active pitcher with multiple no-hitters was foiled on May 24 by Joe Mauer's one-out single in the top of the ninth. That proved to be the only hit against Sanchez, who finished with 12 strikeouts while going the distance in Detroit's 6-0 win.
"It's not that I go to the mound and want to do something special," Sanchez said after his fourth one-hitter. "It's just that I want to go nine innings, go deeper, get a good command, get a good game."
It was the continuation of some recent success versus the Twins, whom he's 1-1 with a 1.37 ERA against over his last four starts. They tagged him for five runs and 12 hits over 5 1-3 innings the first time they saw him in a 9-3 Minnesota win Aug. 13.
Sanchez (6-5, 2.65 ERA) was slated to face Cleveland on Sunday, but was scratched due to tightness in the back of his right shoulder. He said he experienced a similar issue last year in spring training and was OK after sitting out one start.
"I'm not worried. I just need to take care of it," Sanchez told the team's official website. "It's early. We're in June right now, so we have a lot more starts to go. We're working with our body, and when something happens, we need to take care of it."
The Twins (29-35) were dominated by another Tigers pitcher in Detroit's 4-0 win Friday, as Rick Porcello limited them to three hits and no walks over seven innings - the 19th quality start by a Tigers pitcher over the team's last 20 games.
Meanwhile, Minnesota has scored just 24 runs over the last 10 games while going 15 for 92 (.163) with runners in scoring position. Twins hitters were 0 for 6 in such situations Friday.
Twins starter Samuel Deduno (2-1, 3.47) was hit hard by Detroit (37-28) in his season debut May 24, surrendering six runs and nine hits over 5 1-3 innings in a 6-0 defeat. He rebounded to win his next two starts while giving up one run in 13 innings, then took a step back at Washington Sunday with an inefficient five innings that saw him allow three runs, six hits and three walks.
"Today I didn't feel I had my best stuff," Deduno told the team's official website. "I couldn't throw first-pitch strikes. That was the problem."
Austin Jackson was 0 for 3 Friday but walked and scored a run in his first game since May 11 as he had been out with a strained right hamstring. The center fielder had played three times in a rehab assignment for Triple-A Toledo, where the Tigers optioned Avisail Garcia in a corresponding move prior to Friday's game.
Mauer is 5 for 12 off of Sanchez while Josh Willingham and Justin Morneau are a combined 5 for 30.
Andy Dirks is 6 for 10 against Deduno with two doubles.
|Last Updated: 9/23/2014 5:22:10 AM EST|