The Twins batted just .221 on their road trip to Texas and Seattle, going 3-4, and as they look to get their offense going this week, they'll be facing a Tigers pitching staff that has finally gotten on a roll.
Tigers starting pitchers are 7-1 with a 1.82 ERA in their past 10 games. Armando Galarraga starts tonight, and according to the Twins game notes, they are 8-2 in the 10 games he's pitched against them in his career, including eight starts. Denard Span is 9-for-16 (.563) lifetime against the righthander, and Joe Mauer is 9-for-20 (.450).
The Twins counter with lefthander Brian Duensing. Detroit's hottest hitter is Ryan Raburn, who is batting .341 with eight home runs and 21 RBI in his past 23 games.
When the Twins last faced the Tigers, right before the All-Star break, Detroit was in first place. Now the Tigers are trailing the first-place Twins by 10 games.
The Twins are 7-5 against Detroit this year, including 5-1 at Target Field. For more, check out La Velle's series preview. There's a good chance of rain later in the evening, so we'll be keeping an eye on Weather.com.
Updates to come...
Update: Justin Morneau (concussion) won't work out again until Friday, Manager Ron Gardenhire said. Morneau has been doing cardio workouts at home.
"He’s following the doctor’s orders," Gardenhire said. "That’s all I’m officially supposed to tell you, and unofficially, that’s what I’m going to tell you."
(More on this in tonight's notebook.)
* Twins prospects who were picked for the Arizona Fall League: RHP David Bromberg, RHP Carlos Gutierrez, RHP Kyle Waldrop, LHP Nate Robertson, 1B Chris Parmalee, OF Joe Benson, OF Ben Revere.
* Gardenhire said the Twins likely will add a catcher and infielder on Wednesday, the first day active rosters can expand. Then, once Class AAA Rochester's season ends next Monday, the Twins will add "maybe one or two position players at most, and maybe one or two pitchers at most," Gardenhire said.
1. Austin Jackson, CF
2. Will Rhymes, 2B
3. Ryan Rayburn, LF
4. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
5. Jhonny Peralta, SS
6. Brandon Inge, 3B
7. Johnny Damon, DH
8. Casper Wells, RF
9. Alex Avila, C
Starting pitcher: RH Armando Galarraga (4-5, 4.04 ERA)
1. Denard Span, CF
2. Orlando Hudson, 2B
3. Joe Mauer, C
4. Jason Kubel, RF
5. Michael Cuddyer, 1B
6. Delmon Young, DH
7. Danny Valencia, 3B
8. Jason Repko, LF
9. J.J. Hardy, SS
Starting pitcher: LH Brian Duensing (7-2, 2.19 ERA)
Target Field. First pitch: 7:10 p.m. TV: FSN. Twins Radio Network