Preview: Tigers at Twins

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Wind: SW 12
5-Day Forecast
GAME: Detroit Tigers (84-66) at Minnesota Twins (63-87)
DATE/TIME: Tuesday, September 16 - 8:10 PM EST
WHERE: Target Field, Minneapolis, Minnesota
LINE: -125, 115 TOTAL: 8


The Detroit Tigers attempt to extend their winning streak to five games as they continue their three-game series against the host Minnesota Twins on Tuesday. Fresh off a three-game sweep of Cleveland at home, Detroit kicked off its final road trip of the season Monday by building a six-run lead before escaping with an 8-6 victory in the series opener. Torii Hunter and Miguel Cabrera opened the ninth inning with back-to-back homers as the Tigers posted their seventh win in eight contests.

Detroit maintained its 1 1/2-game lead over Kansas City in the American League Central with 12 contests remaining in the regular season. Joe Mauer delivered a pair of two-run singles as Minnesota rallied from a 6-0 deficit to forge a tie before Casey Fien served up the ninth-inning homers. The Twins have lost 17 of their last 22 games and sit in the basement of the AL Central, five behind the Chicago White Sox.

TV: 8:10 p.m. ET, FSN Detroit, FSN North (Minnesota)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Tigers RH Rick Porcello (15-11, 3.23 ERA) vs. Twins RH Ricky Nolasco (5-11, 5.64)

Porcello saw his losing streak reach three starts Wednesday despite allowing only two runs over 6 2/3 innings against Kansas City. The 25-year-old has yielded fewer than three earned runs in eight of his last 10 games, including a relief appearance, but is 3-6 over that span. Porcello's lifetime record against Minnesota remained at 8-6 on June 15, when he settled for a no-decision after giving up three runs in seven frames.

Nolasco was saddled with his fifth consecutive loss Thursday at Cleveland despite allowing only one run in seven innings. The 31-year-old is winless in his last seven starts but has yielded fewer than three earned runs in three of his last four outings. Nolasco made his only career start against the Tigers on June 15, when he also settled for a no-decision after surrendering three runs over 5 1/3 frames.

WALK-OFFS

1. Detroit registered 16 hits Monday, half of which went for extra bases. 

2. Minnesota RF Oswaldo Arcia, who began his team's comeback Monday with a solo homer in the fifth, was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the eighth after injuring his back during a swing two innings earlier. He will be evaluated Tuesday and is considered day-to-day.

3. The Tigers have reached double digits in hits in 10 of their 13 meetings with the Twins this season.

PREDICTION: Tigers 6, Twins 2

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk Home Away East Central West IL
Detroit 84-66 W4 41-33 43-33 17-15 37-27 18-16 12-8
Minnesota 63-87 L1 30-43 33-44 14-18 31-36 11-23 7-10

Last Meeting

Detroit Minnesota
Date Away Home Avg HR OPS Avg HR OPS
9/15/14 DET 8 MIN 6 .400 2 1.129 .303 1 .776

Player Stats

Season Series
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
DET T. Hunter .396 19 1.027
MIN E. Escobar .410 16 1.196
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
DET V. Martinez 4 11 15
MIN B. Dozier 3 13 11
Pitching ERA Avg K
DET 5.84 .331 98
MIN 5.73 .287 67
Season
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
DET V. Martinez .331 174 .968
MIN K. Suzuki .290 122 .732
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
DET V. Martinez 31 82 99
MIN B. Dozier 20 102 63
Pitching ERA Avg K
DET 4.00 .277 1157
MIN 4.64 .252 956

Live Game Odds

Lines History | All Odds
Home Away over/under
OPEN 144 -154
-120
8
Offshore Odds
CarbonSports 123 -133
100
8.5
Sportsbook 123 -133
100
8.5
5Dimes.eu 118 -128
-110
8
GTBets.eu 118 -128
-115
8
Top Bet 120 -130
-120
8
BetOnline.ag 116 -126
-115
8
BetDSI 115 -125
-105
8.5
AllYouBet.ag OFF OFF OFF
Belmont
123
-133
100
8.5
BookMaker.eu 115
-125
-105
8.5
Vegas Odds
Westgate 122 -132
-115
8.5
Mirage 120 -140
-120
8.5
Station 120 -135
-115
8.5
Best home line Best road line Recent line moves

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Detroit Overall Minnesota
84-66 W/L 63-87
73-77 RL W/L 75-75
80-65-5 O/U 80-65-5
4.74 Runs For 4.39
4.36 Runs Against 4.85
Detroit A/H Minnesota
43-33 W/L 30-43
41-35 RL W/L 27-46
39-35-2 O/U 42-28-3
4.88 Runs For 4.60
4.17 Runs Against 5.26