The Minnesota Twins welcome the Detroit Tigers to Target Field tonight. Fresh off dropping two out of three games to the Cleveland Indians, the Twins will look to get back in the swing of things. The Tigers find themselves second in the AL Central, 1.5 games back of the division leading Kansas City Royals.
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The series will be four games played over the course of three days. A doubleheader is slated for Saturday as a makeup game for an April 27 rainout between the two clubs.
In game one Friday night, the Tigers will send rookie Robbie Ray to the mound to face off with the Twins Tommy Milone. Milone was hit hard in his last outing and will look to bounce back with a quality start. Ray has struggled in the Majors this season and will look to right the ship.
For the doubleheader, Detroit has yet to confirm starters for either game. However, it looks like Justin Verlander will be making his return after missing a start, in the second game on Saturday. Yohan Pino will be called up from Triple-A by the Twins to make the start in the early game on Saturday, with Trevor May pitching in the nightcap.
In the finals game of the series, the Tigers will send reigning AL Cy Young winner, Max Scherzer to the mound to face off with the Twins Kyle Gibson. Scherzer has been much of the same this year, allowing few runs and striking out batters by the handful. Gibson will look to bounce back from a game in which he was spotted a five run lead against the Indians and couldn’t hold on.
For the Tigers, this series has some very necessary winnable games in it. Looking up at the Royals, Detroit needs to capitalize on every opportunity. Look for Milone to best Ray tonight, but for the Twins to struggle against a higher powered offense and more dominant pitching staff. The Tigers will take the series by a total of three games to one.
First pitch from Target Field tonight is at 7:10pm central time.