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Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Detroit0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 1 4100
Minnesota0 0 0 0 0 1 4 0 x 550
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  W: K. Gibson (7-9)   L: M. Boyd (7-11)   S: T. Rogers (1)
5:10 PM PT6:10 PM MT7:10 PM CT8:10 PM ET20:10 ET0:10 GMT8:10 5:10 PM MST7:10 PM EST7:40 PM VEN4:10 UAE (+1)7:10 PM CT, August 17, 2018
Target Field, Minneapolis, Minnesota  Attendance: 26,605

Twins try to again lay lumber on Tigers

According to STATS
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Detroit Tigers at Minnesota Twins

  1. The Tigers have won five of the past seven meetings with the Twins, but they've dropped five of eight at Target Field since enjoying a 14-1 stretch at Minnesota from Sept. 15, 2015 to July 21, 2017.
  2. After taking two from Pittsburgh, the Twins have won 16 of their last 20 home games, and will be going after a season high-tying sixth straight victory at Target Field. Minnesota has batted .313 with six home runs and 11 doubles while averaging 6.20 runs during the win streak.
  3. The Tigers have dropped six consecutive road games and nine of their last 12 overall. They've already lost seven in a row away from home on two separate occasions this season. Detroit has batted just .176 and struck out 51 times while scoring 1.3 runs per game during its road losing streak.
  4. After hitting .207 in 70 games with the Dodgers, Logan Forsythe has batted .386 in 13 games since the Twins acquired him in the Brian Dozier trade on July 31. He's hit .349 with a home run and three doubles in his last 11 meetings with the Tigers and is 5-for-10 with a double lifetime versus Francisco Liriano.
  5. Detroit's Nicholas Castellanos has gone 7-for-13 with a home run, two doubles and seven RBI in his last three games, but he's 1-for-21 (.048) in his past five meetings with the Twins. Castellanos is 7-for-19 (.368) with two doubles lifetime against Ervin Santana.
  6. Niko Goodrum, who signed with the Tigers after he was outrighted off the Twins' 40-man roster in November, has gone 9-for-20 (.450) with four home runs, three doubles and nine RBI in his last seven games against his former team.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 8/16/2018 thru 8/19/2018

Joe Mauer will be in the Minnesota Twins' lineup Friday night and he'll probably be in there the rest of the weekend, too, as the Twins continue a four-game series with the Tigers at Target Field.

And barring injury, he'll be suiting up on a regular basis over the last six weeks of the Twins' disappointing 2018 season. But after that?

Well, that's anybody's guess at this point because Mauer, in the final year of an eight-year contract, isn't talking about his future.

"I'm looking forward to going out and competing tonight," he told the St. Paul Pioneer Press Thursday before the series opener.

Mauer is batting .269 with three home runs and 34 RBIs in 88 games this season, his 15th as a big leaguer -- all of which have been spent with the Twins. The St. Paul native has made the playoffs four times in his career, but has never won a series, and admitted that the thought of someday playing in a World Series before his career is up pops into his head.

"Well, yeah, obviously I'm human. You think about that stuff," Mauer said.

That won't be happening this season.

The Twins' high hopes of building of a surprise run to the wild-card game a year ago were dashed early in the season. Now, with time running out on a lost season, manager Paul Molitor has been using the remaining games to experiment a bit with the talent he'll have moving forward -- especially in the outfield.

Right fielder Max Kepler has seen time in center, with center fielder Jake Cave moving to left and left fielder Eddie Rosario spending time in right while reserve outfielder Johnny Field has gotten action at all three spots.

Molitor said the moves aren't just for the sake of making moves. He wants his players to be prepared for situations that may come up in the future, such as when Byron Buxton landed on the disabled list earlier this season.

Buxton came off the minor league disabled list and returned to action with Triple-A Rochester earlier this week but is still a ways from returning to big league action, leaving Molitor to consider options.

"We've got outfielders who can play all positions," Molitor said. "We were settled for a while there with Jake in center and Kep and Rosie and we're just giving them a chance to see the game from a different perspective."

The Twins opened the series on a high note, trouncing Detroit 15-8 behind five hits from Logan Forsythe and a seven-run sixth inning.

Based on the way he's been pitching the last few weeks, Kyle Gibson (6-9. 3.49 ERA) won't need that amount of support when he takes the mound Friday for the second game of the series. The right-hander held Detroit to a run over seven innings his last time out -- a 4-2 victory in Detroit on Sunday -- and has a 3.51 ERA over his last eight starts (4-3).

Gibson is 7-8 with a 5.22 ERA in 18 career starts versus the Tigers.

Detroit starter Matthew Boyd (7-10, 4.20) is facing the Twins for his second straight start. He also pitched well in his last outing, holding Minnesota to a run on two hits over six innings. Boyd has won three of his last four starts and has a 2.37 ERA since the All-Star break. He is 6-3 with a 3.79 ERA in 14 starts versus the Twins.

Updated August 17, 2018

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