twins at detroit series preview
Thursday, 6:08 p.m. • FSN, 96.3-FM
LHP Scott Diamond (3-4, 4.99) vs. RHP Rick Porcello (2-2, 5.92)
Friday, 6:08 p.m. • FSN, 96.3-FM
RHP Samuel Deduno (6-5, 4.44 in 2012) vs. RHP Anibal Sanchez (4-4, 2.77)
Saturday, 3:08 p.m. • FSN, 96.3-FM
RHP Kevin Correia (4-4, 3.90) vs. RHP Doug Fister (5-1, 3.62)
Sunday, 12:08 p.m. • FSN, 96.3-FM
RHP Mike Pelfrey (3-4, 6.69) vs. RHP Max Scherzer (6-0, 3.61)
They haven’t won a series since taking three of four in Boston on May 6-9, and are 2-10 in the meantime. They are 9-12 on the road and have fallen into the AL Central basement during their current eight-game losing streak. … They are 3-3 against the Tigers this year, 1-2 in Comerica Park. They were 6-3 in Detroit a year ago. … Josh Willingham has five hits in his past six at-bats against Rick Porcello, plus two walks and a hit by pitch. … Justin Morneau has three home runs in 13 career at-bats against Max Scherzer. … They are 1-5 in extra innings, but 10-9 in day games.
The defending American League champions are 10-9 in May, after an 11-7 victory at Cleveland on Wednesday. Detroit trails the AL Central-leading Indians by a half-game. … Entering Wednesday, the Tigers led the majors in scoring, and had struck out more batters than any AL team but Boston. … They are 13-7 at home, the fewest home losses in the American League. … Their bullpen has blown six of its 14 save opportunities. … Detroit won’t use former MVP Justin Verlander in this series, but Sunday starter Max Scherzer is coming off a performance in which he retired 22 consecutive hitters in Cleveland. … Entering Wednesday, reigning MVP Miguel Cabrera leads the AL in batting average (.384) and RBI (49), and is second in home runs (12). Prince Fielder is third in RBI with 38.