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  W: M. Fulmer (2-3)   L: K. Gibson (1-3)   S: S. Greene (11)
10:10 AM PT11:10 AM MT12:10 PM CT1:10 PM ET13:10 ET17:10 GMT1:10 10:10 AM MST12:10 PM EST12:40 PM VEN21:10 UAE12:10 PM CT, May 23, 2018
Target Field, Minneapolis, Minnesota  Attendance: 23,891

Twins aim for fourth straight win as they host Tigers

According to STATS
According to STATS

Detroit Tigers at Minnesota Twins

  1. After winning their series opener in Seattle on Thursday, the Tigers lost the last three, capped by a 3-2 loss in 11 innings yesterday despite leading 2-0 entering the ninth. Detroit has blown 12 of its 23 save opportunities this year.
  2. The Twins snapped a three-game losing skid and salvaged a sweep against Milwaukee with a 3-1 win yesterday. For the year, Minnesota is allowing 2.05 runs per game in its wins compared to 6.91 in its losses. Its difference of 4.86 is the largest in the American League.
  3. After going 4-15 against the Tigers in 2016, the Twins dropped six of the first nine games played between these teams a season ago before winning eight of the final 10. Detroit had won 15 of 17 games at Target Field before the Twins took two of three in their final series of 2017.
  4. After posting a .145 batting average through the end of April, Logan Morrison is hitting .298 this month. His increase of .153 from pre-May to May is the second largest in MLB (minimum 50 PA each split; Brandon Crawford, +.255).
  5. Jose Berrios recorded his first quality start in his last five tries on Tuesday by allowing just two hits, one walk and one run in 7.1 innings against the Cardinals while striking out 10. Berrios has an 11.74 ERA in five career appearances (four starts) against the Tigers, with more walks (13) than strikeouts (11).
  6. Blaine Hardy is making his second career start eight days after allowing two runs in 4.1 innings against Seattle in his first. Hardy has a 3.78 ERA (7/16.2) in 17 career relief appearances against the Twins.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 5/21/2018 thru 5/23/2018

Kyle Gibson returns to the mound as the Minnesota Twins look to extend their winning streak to four games and go for their third sweep of the season when they face the Tigers on Wednesday afternoon at Target Field.

Gibson was roughed up his last time out. He gave up five runs on eight hits and four walks with a pair of home runs and struck out five in an 8-3 loss Friday.

"Unfortunately the home runs got to me," Gibson said after Milwaukee bumped his ERA from 3.43 to 3.96. "I've been doing a better job this year trying to avoid those and keep the ball in the park, and the story of the night is home runs and walks."

Gibson is 6-7 with a 5.59 ERA in 16 starts versus Detroit.

The Twins have been active on the transaction wire over the last 24 hours. They signed 31-year-old first baseman Chris Carter in a deal with the Angels on Tuesday night, assigning him to Triple-A Rochester. Earlier in the day, recalled outfielder Ryan LaMarre from Rochester after designating right-hander Phil Hughes for assignment.

Hughes had a 6.75 ERA through 12 innings this season. He began the year in the starting rotation but was moved to the bullpen after two unimpressive starts as he struggled to recover from rib surgery.

"He's worked really hard. He's been through a lot physically. He's had to endure a lot of rehabs. We probably saw him at his best his first year over here. It's been a tough road for him since then," manager Paul Molitor said. "I thanked him for the effort that he's given me and the times he's taken the ball, and I hope something happens in a positive fashion for him moving forward."

The Tigers are hoping that right-hander Michael Fulmer (1-3, 4.35) reverts to form against the Twins, who have never beaten him in three career meetings.

He's allowed nine earned runs over 10 2/3 innings in his last two starts, both of which came against the Mariners.

Fulmer got off to a good start his last time out, allowing only two baserunners over his first six innings, but walked two batters to open the seventh and was done after allowing a two-run single later in the inning.

"I just can't seem to figure it out right now," Fulmer said. "All the work I've put in, you see glimpses of it and it just falls apart. (That) loss is on me, for sure, because you can't walk two guys in an inning -- leadoff guys. I was the one that started the rally. Just happens another ground ball got through the middle. Just frustrates you."

He's put in extra effort during his between-starts bullpen sessions, hoping to straighten out any kinks in his delivery.

"Usually by now I would have shaved my beard or got a haircut, or something," Fulmer said. "But I can't really be frustrated because I feel like my stuff is still there. I know it is. The ball is moving the way I want it to. I'm just not commanding the ball in the zone the way I want to.

"I know I can do it. It's just a matter of time. It only takes one good outing."

Updated May 23, 2018

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