THREE-GAME SERIES AT TARGET FIELD
Monday, 7:10 p.m. • FSN, 1500-AM
RHP Samuel Deduno (3-0, 3.27) vs. RHP Anibal Sanchez (1-2, 7.80)
Tuesday, 7:10 p.m. • FSN, 1500-AM
LHP Brian Duensing (2-7, 4.46) vs. RHP Doug Fister (6-7, 3.48)
Wednesday, 12:10 p.m. • FSN 1500-AM
RHP Cole De Vries (2-3, 4.77) vs. RHP Max Scherzer (11-6, 4.65)
The Twins are 4-5 against the Tigers this season; they split four games in Detroit when the teams last met, July 2-5. ... One reliever making a good impression is righthander Casey Fien, who is with his fifth organization. Fien has given up only two earned runs in 15 1/3 innings since being called up July 5. "He's kind of a quiet kid with pretty good stuff,'' Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. ... Ryan Doumit, Jamey Carroll and Josh Willingham are the only Twins to have faced Sanchez, combining to go 0-for-12 against him.
Before throwing a scoreless two-thirds of an inning Saturday, Tigers lefthanded reliever Phil Coke had a 10.50 ERA over this previous seven outings. Not good news before a series with the Twins and their lefthanded hitters. ... There's even more concern about setup man Joaquin Benoit, who has given up back-to-back homers in each of his past two appearances. ... Detroit entered Sunday batting .330 with 14 homers and 64 runs scored in 10 August games.
LA VELLE E. NEAL III