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4:10 PM PT5:10 PM MT6:10 PM CT7:10 PM ET19:10 ET23:10 GMT7:10 4:10 PM MST6:10 PM EST6:40 PM VEN3:10 UAE (+1)6:10 PM CT, September 18, 2018
Comerica Park, Detroit, Michigan  Attendance: 19,740

Norris seeks first win as Tigers host Twins

According to STATS
According to STATS

Minnesota Twins at Detroit Tigers

  1. The Twins won the getaway game in Kansas City to avoid the four-game sweep. The 49 hits the Twins piled up was their most in a four-game series this season. However, their 34 left on base also tied a season high.
  2. Ehire Adrianza has been the Twins primary third baseman since the start of September. His nine runs batted in September lead the team. Adrianza is slugging .629 in 35 at-bats against Detroit this season.
  3. The Tigers two wins against the Indians, sandwiched around a 15-0 loss, were their first wins in Cleveland in more than a year (July 9, 2017). Detroit has a team on-base percentage of .301, currently the sixth-lowest in franchise history.
  4. Jeimer Candelario has five multi-hit games, 10 runs scored and six extra-base hits in his last 10 games. Detroit is 18-10 (.643) when Candelario has multiple hits in a game this season.
  5. In his last outing, a 5-4 loss to Houston, Jordan Zimmermann reached 100 strikeouts in a season for the seventh time in his career. Since July 1, Zimmermann has allowed 19 home runs, tied for the second most in baseball.
  6. The season series between Detroit and Minnesota sits at 7-6 after the Twins took three of four from the Tigers in Minneapolis in August. Minnesota hit 13 home runs over those four games, the most the Twins have hit in a four-game series since 1964.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/17/2018 thru 9/19/2018

Jake Odorizzi flirted with a no-hitter in his last start. The Minnesota Twins right-hander will be looking to follow that up with another sharp performance in Detroit on Tuesday night.

Odorizzi kept the powerful New York Yankees' lineup off-balance last Wednesday. Greg Bird ended the no-hit bid with a run-scoring double with one out in the eighth.

"It's been an up and down season," he said in a TV interview afterward. "It's good to have one of these outings mixed in there."

Odorizzi (6-10, 4.41 ERA) will be pitching the second game of a three-game series against the Tigers.

If Odorizzi hadn't given up a hit in the eighth, manager Paul Molitor would have been forced to make a difficult decision. Odorizzi came out after Bird's hit, which was his 120th pitch of the evening.

"What's the difference between 120 and 140 (pitches)? Not much," Odorizzi said to afterward. "You're going to be sore the next day anyway. There's not too many chances you get to do something that special. You'll never know how many it would have taken, but I appreciate what Moli was willing to do for me in letting me go out there."

Odorizzi's outing was still his longest of the season. He's faced the Tigers twice this season and came away with no-decisions after pitching five innings in both starts. He's 2-1 with a 3.21 ERA in six career starts against them.

Left-hander Daniel Norris, Detroit's scheduled starter on Tuesday, continues his quest for his first victory of the season. Norris (0-4, 6.14 ERA) has three losses and a no-decision in four appearances since returning from groin surgery that had sidelined him since late April.

Norris gave up five runs on eight hits to Houston in 4 2/3 innings during his last start on Wednesday.

All but one of those runs came in the fifth inning.

"I don't know, I feel like I ran out of gas," Norris said afterward. "You can feel it in your legs. But I have to be patient; that's part of it. The fact that I am able to get tired in a big-league game right now, that's a positive."

Norris hasn't pitched more than five innings this season.

"I like his stuff," Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said of Norris. "He just has to get more stretched out. He hasn't pitched enough."

In four career starts against the Twins, he's 1-1 with a 4.29 ERA.

Twins third baseman Miguel Sano could return to the lineup on Tuesday. He's been out since Sept. 4, when he suffered a left leg injury while colliding with Houston shortstop Carlos Correa.

"I know it's hard for him, as it is for hopefully everybody, to feel the disconnect of not playing and wanting to be out there and contributing," Molitor told "He's been talking about trying to get ready here for a while, and we're just trying to be as smart as we can."

Minnesota won the first game of the series on Monday, 6-1. Left fielder Eddie Rosario homered in the first inning but later suffered a right quad injury and departed in the fourth. His status for the remainder of the series is questionable.

Updated September 18, 2018

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