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Final-10 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   10 R H E
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Minnesota0 0 0 1 1 4 2 1 3 12120
  W: T. Duffey (1-2)   L: D. Holland (1-2)
11:10 AM PT12:10 PM MT1:10 PM CT2:10 PM ET14:10 ET18:10 GMT2:10 11:10 AM MST1:10 PM EST1:40 PM VEN22:10 UAE12:10 PM CT, July 11, 2021
Target Field, Minneapolis, Minnesota  Attendance: 20,744

Tigers try to salvage series finale vs. Twins

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Detroit Tigers at Minnesota Twins

  1. The Twins and Tigers are meeting for the first time in Minnesota this year. The Twins are 7-8 (.467) at home against AL Central opponents this season after an MLB-best 17-4 (.810) record against their own division at home in 2020.
  2. Nelson Cruz leads the Twins with 18 home runs this season at age 41. That is the most home runs prior to the All-Star break by a player 41 or older since Raul Ibanez with Seattle in 2013 (24).
  3. The Twins have won each of J.A. Happ's last four starts at home. The last time the Twins won five straight home starts by a pitcher was Kenta Maeda last season (his first five).
  4. Detroit won two of three games at Texas this week. The Tigers' 11-5 (.688) record since June 20 is third best in MLB behind the Brewers (13-4, .765) and Astros (12-5, .706).
  5. Miguel Cabrera is hitting .317 since June 1, which is 16th best among 84 AL players with at least 100 plate appearances. This comes after Cabrera hit .184 in April and May, which was 126th out of 141 AL players with at least 100 PA.
  6. Tarik Skubal has posted a 3.44 ERA over his last nine starts after a 6.26 ERA in his first six starts of the season. The Tigers lost each of those first six starts but are 7-2 in the last nine.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 7/16/2021 thru 7/16/2021

The Detroit Tigers had won four of their five previous series, and split the other with the American League West-leading Houston Astros, before heading to Minneapolis this weekend for a four-game series with the struggling Minnesota Twins.

But after blowing a 4-0 lead in a 9-4 loss on Saturday at Target Field, A.J. Hinch's squad needs to find a way to salvage Sunday afternoon's finale to avoid heading into the All-Star Game break on a four-game losing streak.

It won't be easy.

Right-hander Jose Berrios (7-3, 3.36 ERA), who is 4-2 with a 6.08 ERA in 10 career appearances and nine starts against the Tigers, will start the finale for the Twins and will be opposed by right-hander Wily Peralta (2-1, 2.14), who is just 1-3 with a 5.79 ERA in 17 career appearances and three starts against Minnesota.

The Twins have won 12 of the past 15 meetings with Detroit. The Tigers have outscored Minnesota 6-1 over the first five innings in the first three games of the series, including no-hitting the Twins for 4 1/3 innings in both Thursday night's 5-3 loss and Friday's 4-2 setback. But Minnesota has outscored Detroit 17-3 from the sixth inning on in the three games and scored the final nine runs in Saturday's comeback victory.

Alex Kirilloff hit a two-run homer in the sixth inning to cut the Tigers' lead to 4-2, and Jorge Polanco followed with a three-run, go-ahead home run in the seventh. Minnesota blew it open with four runs in eighth on a two-run double by Luis Arraez, with the final two runs scoring on an Ian Krol wild pitch when catcher Eric Haase lost control of the ball and it rolled into a camera well.

"It's a beautiful thing when you stay at it, have the at-bats you're looking for, and you put some runs across the board," said Twins manager Rocco Baldelli. "You get some baserunners, you look for a big swing. There are different ways to do it. Today we went deep and brought some runs in and made it happen."

Polanco lined what proved to be the game-winning home run off reliever Joe Jimenez into the right-field bleachers in the seventh. It was his 11th homer of the season.

"Just trying to get a pitch to hit and try to hit it hard -- and it happens," Polanco said. "Just keep battling. Never give up. We're always trying to make situations happen. It was a good game."

Not surprisingly, Hinch had a different outlook on his team's third consecutive loss.

"The back end of this game was a mess," Hinch said. "We didn't do a lot right."

Detroit used seven relievers in the loss as Hinch decided to go with a bullpen day. That worked for five innings until Erasmo Ramirez gave up a 429-foot, two-run homer to Kirilloff in the sixth, and Jimenez yielded the three-run shot to Polanco the following inning.

"These bullpen starts, it takes a lot of guys having good days to get through them unscathed," Hinch said. "And we were close.

"I want to win every day," Hinch added. "If I preach winning today, I'm not going to carry this into tomorrow. You guys can cover the emotional roller coaster. I'm not going to ride it."

--Field Level Media

Updated July 11, 2021

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