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Minnesota Twins at Detroit Tigers

The hometown Tigers are the slight favorites tonight against the Twins, but have to win tonight to have a chance to win their third straight series against Minnesota.

Minnesota Twins (14-6) at Detroit Tigers (11-10)

Bovada has a moneyline for this game with the Tigers at -115 and the Twins at -105 with a run total of 8.5.

In last night’s game the solid Twins pitching staff blanked the Tigers and their solid offense in the first game of the series. The Twins are in first place in the AL Central and are 7-3 in their last 10 games and the Tigers are 5-5 in their last 10 games and are in second place in the AL Central 3.5 games back of Minnesota.

Minnesota has the second best record in baseball and they recently set a franchise record by winning their first seven series’ of the season.

This season Detroit is 4-3 at home and Minnesota is 8-3 on the road.

The Tigers beat the Twins 2-0 in the first game of this series last night.

Taking the mound for Minnesota in tonight’s game is Scott Baker (2-2 4.81 ERA), who had a rough outing in his last start giving up six earned runs in five innings in getting a loss. On the hill for Detroit tonight is Max Scherzer (1-1 2.63 ERA), who pitched well in his last outing giving up three earned runs in seven innings in a no-decision.

The Baker’s last start he gave up 10 hits, which is the most he had given up in just over a year. Scherzer is making his first career start against the Minnesota tonight.

Dating back to last season Minnesota is 11-4 in Baker’s last 15 starts.

Minnesota has been stellar this season on offense and on the mound, as they have scored the second most runs in the AL and have given up the fewest.

Detroit has had no problems scoring this season, but their pitching staff has struggled giving up the fifth most runs in the AL.

Twins’ 1B Justin Morneau (.352 4 HR 15 RBI) will likely miss this game with a bad back.

Reigning AL MVP Joe Mauer (.356) is on fire at the plate batting .381 in the first four games of Minnesota’s current road trip.

Even though the Tigers were shutout last night Johnny Damon (.329) and Miguel Cabrera (.357 5 HR 24 RBI) both reached base and both are playing well. Damon is batting .420 in his 14-game hitting streak and Cabrera has the most RBI’s in the AL and ranks fifth in batting average.

Detroit is 4-1 in their last five games following a loss.

In the last game of this series tomorrow night Carl Pavano (3-1 4.24 ERA) is slated to start for the Twins and Dontrelle Willis (0-1 5.00 ERA) is slated to start for the Tigers.