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Mauer may be starting his last homestand as Twins host Tigers

According to STATS
According to STATS

Detroit Tigers at Minnesota Twins

  1. Joe Mauer has reached base 3072 times in his Twins career, tying Harmon Killebrew for the most in a Minnesota Twins jersey (since 1961 -- excludes Killebrew in Was). Mauer has reached base 349 times versus the Tigers, 129 more times than any other active player.
  2. Nicholas Castellanos is currently batting .302, and has slugged 72 extra-base hits this season. The only other batters in MLB with a .300-plus batting average and at least 70 extra-base hits are Mookie Betts, J.D. Martinez and Christian Yelich.
  3. The Twins have gone 10-6 (.625) versus the Tigers this season, and now own a 21-14 (.600) record against Detroit since the beginning of last season, their best record versus a divisional opponent.
  4. The Tigers started September by winning five of seven games, but have gone 4-10 (.286) since September 9. Detroit have allowed 79 runs since this date (64 earned) -- the 15 unearned runs over this span lead MLB (LAA next with 10 unearned runs).
  5. Minnesota has won five of its last seven games, including a three-game sweep in Detroit. The Twins started September with five straight losses but have gone 9-7 since.
  6. Spencer Turnbull will make his second career start after allowing six earned runs in 4.0 innings against the Twins on September 19. Turnbull became the third Tiger pitcher this season to allow six or more earned runs in a game without allowing a home run, joining Matt Hall and Jordan Zimmerman.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/25/2018 thru 9/27/2018

When the Minnesota Twins host the Detroit Tigers Tuesday night at Target Field in the opener of their season-ending seven-game homestand, it could mark the beginning of the end for franchise icon Joe Mauer.

The veteran catcher turned first baseman and St. Paul native becomes a free agent after the season ends. He said last month retirement is something he'll consider but for the time being, he wanted to focus on closing out the 2018 campaign on a high note.

Mauer singled twice Sunday in the Twins' 5-1 victory at Oakland moving him 224th place on the all-time list with 2,112 hits and reached base for the 3,072nd time in his career, moving him into a tie with Harmon Killebrew for first place in franchise history.

He is almost certain to break that record this week but when is still up in the air as he and manager Paul Molitor try to figure out how much Mauer will play over the final seven games.

"We haven't finalized how many games he'll play throughout the course of the week and which game in this particular campaign will be his last one to start this year," Molitor said. "It's just Joe deserving of conversation almost daily of how we're using him and how he's doing physically."

The team doesn't have any special tributes planned to mark Mauer's 15-year career, all of which were spent wearing the uniform of his home town team.

"There's no Joe Mauer Day planned. There's no pregame ceremony or anything," Twins President Dave St. Peter told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "But the best tributes happen organically anyway.

"I expect there will be a fair amount of emotion in the ballpark. Fans can express their own feelings toward Joe, what he's meant to the Twins and Minnesota. That's only natural."

The Tigers said farewell to their own franchise icon over the weekend. Designated hitter Victor Martinez announced his retirement prior to the Tigers' home finale Sunday against the Royals. He plans to travel with the team to Minnesota and Milwaukee but wanted his final game to come in front of his home fans and beat out an infield chopper in the first inning Saturday before being lifted for a pinch runner.

"From the bottom of my heart, I can only say thank you for being behind us all these years, supporting my teammates, supporting myself," Martinez said during a pregame ceremony. "Thank you very much."

Right-hander Spencer Trunball gets the start for Detroit in the series opener. He'll be looking to bounce back after struggling against the Twins last week in his first big league start when he allowed six runs on six hits and a walk through four innings.

"It was a rough outing," Turnbull said. "I'm not worried about it. I'm sure I'll get better from it. I'm trusting myself more than I ever have. I know that I have the stuff. I know that I'm good (enough) to do it. It's just executing and not trying to do too much; just breathing, just calming down."

The Twins have yet to announce a starter and are expected to use an opener. Kohl Stewart is expected to be the primary pitcher.

Updated September 25, 2018

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