|MINNESOTA ( HUGHES )|
DETROIT ( VERLANDER )
|967||MINNESOTA||+185||Ov 7.5,-110||+190||Ov 8.5,-105|
|968||DETROIT||-200||Un 7.5,-110||-210||Un 8.5,-115|
|vs Right-handed Starters||10-13||+0.7||14-8||4.7||0.239||0.329||4.9||0.270||0.341|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-0.5||1-6||3.0||0.221||0.275||3.3||0.244||0.283|
|vs Right-handed Starters||11-8||+0.2||9-8||4.6||0.265||0.318||4.2||0.243||0.303|
|Past 7 Games||6-1||+4.4||4-3||6.3||0.317||0.364||2.9||0.195||0.253|
|4/30/2014||GIBSON(R)||LA DODGERS||GREINKE(R)||4-6||L||+145||7.5 un||O||12||9||1||12||11||0|
|5/1/2014||PELFREY(R)||LA DODGERS||HAREN(R)||4-9||L||+135||8.5 ev||O||7||6||0||15||9||3|
|5/1/2014||JOHNSON(L)||LA DODGERS||PATTERSON(R)||3-4||L||-110||9 un||U||6||10||1||11||16||2|
|5/5/2014||GIBSON(R)||@ CLEVELAND||MCALLISTER(R)||1-0||W||150||8 un||U||8||10||0||3||4||1|
|5/6/2014||DEDUNO(R)||@ CLEVELAND||TOMLIN(R)||2-4||L||135||7.5 un||U||5||6||1||6||4||2|
|5/7/2014||NOLASCO(R)||@ CLEVELAND||SALAZAR(R)||3-4||L||145||8 un||U||9||8||0||9||6||1|
|5/8/2014||CORREIA(R)||@ CLEVELAND||MASTERSON(R)||4-9||L||160||8.5 ev||O||5||7||1||15||10||1|
|5/9/2014||HUGHES(R)||@ DETROIT||VERLANDER(R)|| |
|5/10/2014||GIBSON(R)||@ DETROIT||SCHERZER(R)|| |
|5/11/2014||DEDUNO(R)||@ DETROIT||RAY(L)|| |
|5/16/2014|| ||SEATTLE|| || |
|4/25/2014||PORCELLO(R)||@ MINNESOTA||CORREIA(R)||10-6||W||-125||8.5 un||O||15||6||1||11||7||1|
|4/26/2014||SANCHEZ(R)||@ MINNESOTA||HUGHES(R)||3-5||L||-135||8 un||P||8||5||1||4||7||1|
|4/29/2014||VERLANDER(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)||4-3||W||-135||8.5 un||U||9||5||0||7||6||1|
|4/30/2014||SCHERZER(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||NOESI(R)||5-1||W||-165||8 ev||U||8||9||0||6||8||1|
|5/2/2014||PORCELLO(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)||8-2||W||120||7.5 ev||O||14||7||0||4||2||1|
|5/3/2014||SMYLY(L)||@ KANSAS CITY||DUFFY(L)||9-2||W||-110||8.5 un||O||12||7||0||5||4||0|
|5/4/2014||VERLANDER(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||VARGAS(L)||9-4||W||-130||8.5 un||O||16||10||0||7||8||0|
|5/12/2014||PORCELLO(R)||@ BALTIMORE||NORRIS(R)|| |
|5/13/2014||SMYLY(L)||@ BALTIMORE||JIMENEZ(R)|| |
|5/14/2014||VERLANDER(R)||@ BALTIMORE||CHEN(L)|| |
|5/16/2014|| ||@ BOSTON|| || |
|MINNESOTA: MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The number is staggering. In the past three years, the Minnesota Twins have lost 291 games. Ninety-nine in 2011. Ninety-six each of the last two seasons.|
A team that was once viewed as a model for succeeding and competing with modest financial resources has been an afterthought for too long now. They have finished last in the AL Central twice and were fourth last season.
So the Twins shed their frugal ways in the offseason, shelling out $73 million to bring in Ricky Nolasco and Phil Hughes to bolster a lagging rotation. They also brought back manager Ron Gardenhire on a two-year deal and moved Joe Mauer from catcher to first base in an effort to protect their franchise player from injury.
''They made a statement: `We don't want to see this again. We don't want to go through this again this summer,''' Gardenhire said.
The Twins said goodbye to longtime first baseman Justin Morneau late last season when general manager Terry Ryan traded him to the Pirates in a stretch-run deal. There weren't many other changes to an offense that has struggled to score runs, but the upgrades to the rotation have given the holdovers some peace of mind that they won't have to score seven runs a game to have a chance to win.
''It's night and day to be honest with you. Terry went out and spent some money on some good arms in Nolasco and Hughes,'' second baseman Brian Dozier said. ''Hughes had a bad year last year but is an All-Star pitcher and I think moving to this park will help him a lot. I think just getting out of New York to be honest with you. ... So we needed to address our pitching staff and Terry did that, and I'm happy about it.''
|DETROIT: DETROIT (AP) - When Justin Verlander takes the mound for Detroit on opening day, maybe then the Tigers will be able to enjoy a much-needed sense of normalcy.|
As an offseason of drama gave way to spring training injuries, it was easy to forget the Tigers still have one of the most talented rosters in baseball. Sure, there have been some early problems for new manager Brad Ausmus to address, Detroit still figures to be the favorite to win its fourth consecutive AL Central title.
''We have a new look this year,'' outfielder Torii Hunter said. ''Little bit more speed and we'll miss the big man, but we'll score some runs.''
The ''big man'' is Prince Fielder, whom the Tigers traded to Texas in a blockbuster deal that brought second baseman Ian Kinsler to Detroit. That move gave the Tigers more financial flexibility, although they weren't all that aggressive in pursuing free agents. Detroit did sign Joe Nathan to replace departed closer Joaquin Benoit.
The Tigers also traded right-hander Doug Fister to Washington.
Lately, the focus has been on right-hander Max Scherzer, who enters his final season before free agency after winning the Cy Young Award in 2013. Negotiations with the Tigers on a long-term deal have stalled.
''They respect where I'm at. I respect where they're at, and we'll revisit this after the season,'' Scherzer said. ''I still want to be in Detroit. I love this clubhouse and everything about it. There's been a history of this team signing free agents so hopefully I'll be a part of that history as well.''
But right now Scherzer's future is uncertain, and with Hunter and Victor Martinez in the final season of their contracts, it's hard to say what Detroit's 2015 roster will look like.
So the Tigers may never have a better chance to win a World Series with this group than right now.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (MINNESOTA-DETROIT) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
(ADDS Castellanos quote)
*Twins-Tigers Preview* ======================
By ALAN FERGUSON STATS Writer
Minnesota (15-17) at Detroit (20-9), 7:08 p.m. EDT
Like the Minnesota Twins' Phil Hughes, Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander will carry a modest win streak into Friday night's series opener at Comerica Park.
Verlander, though, will also be seeking a 10th consecutive victory against the Twins, who might not have Joe Mauer available for this three-game set.
Verlander (4-1, 2.68 ERA) took a no-hitter into the sixth inning Sunday in his fourth consecutive win, 9-4 against Kansas City. He gave up a season-low four hits while pitching seven innings for the third straight outing.
In his first matchup with the Twins this season, Verlander will try to avoid his first loss in the series since April 27, 2010. He has a 2.06 ERA in his last 12 matchups and 93 strikeouts in 83 innings.
His 12 consecutive starts without a loss against Minnesota trails only John Danks' 14 versus Kansas City among the MLB's active streaks against one team.
Verlander will try to add to his run while helping Detroit (20-10) bounce back from the end to a season-high, eight-game win streak. The Tigers blew a two-run lead Thursday in a 6-2 defeat to Houston.
"We won the series," third baseman Nick Castellanos told the Tigers' official website. "Obviously, we want to win every game we play, but it's not like we lost confidence now."
The Twins were dealt a third straight loss Thursday, 9-4 in Cleveland. Minnesota (15-18) is one shy of matching its longest skid of the season and has dropped seven of 10.
Mauer missed his fourth straight game with lower back spasms, but manager Ron Gardenhire said he could return Saturday. His absence Friday could make it even more difficult for Minnesota to beat Verlander as he is 23 for 62 (.371) with three homers in their matchups.
"(Mauer is) better," Gardenhire told the team's official website. "We're still looking at the end of this weekend. He believes he'll be able to play by Friday or Saturday, but I think Saturday might be more realistic."
Sam Fuld and Aaron Hicks are on the seven-day concussion list, but Hicks might return Friday. Fellow outfielders Josh Willingham and Oswaldo Arcia have been on the 15-day DL since early April.
"We're looking for nine right now, nine people that can play," Gardenhire said.
Hughes (3-1, 4.72) will try to lift his ailing club by winning a fourth consecutive start. The right-hander has a 2.79 ERA in his last three outings after posting a 7.20 mark in his first three.
Hughes gave up two runs over 6 1-3 innings Sunday in a 5-2 victory over Baltimore after earning a 5-3 win against Detroit on April 26.
"I certainly feel like I'm throwing the ball better than I was at the beginning of the year," Hughes told the team's website. "I can still be better, but I'd like to keep it going."
Hughes gave up two runs and a season-low four hits in seven innings during the victory over the Tigers to snap a four-game losing streak against them, including a defeat in Game 3 of the 2012 ALCS while with the Yankees.
Including the playoffs, he's 5-7 with a 4.48 ERA in 12 starts against Detroit and 0-3 with a 6.35 ERA in his last three at Comerica.
Victor Martinez, riding an 11-game hit streak, is 1 for 8 in the past four regular seasons against Hughes. Miguel Cabrera, batting .361 in his last 14 games, is 15 for 28 (.536) with five homers in the regular season versus Hughes, his best showing against any active pitcher he's faced at least 15 times.
|Last Updated: 9/18/2014 2:43:49 AM EST|