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  W: M. Pérez (9-5)   L: M. Boyd (6-10)
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 UAE1:10 PM CT, August 25, 2019
Target Field, Minneapolis, Minnesota  Attendance: 32,892

Twins seek rare home series win vs. Tigers

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Detroit Tigers at Minnesota Twins

  1. Minnesota has gone 27-13 in its last 40 games against Detroit, though the teams have alternated wins and losses in each of the last seven contests. After failing to homer in their first game against the Tigers this season, the Twins have hit multiple homers in six of eight games since.
  2. The Twins have scored 14 and zero runs in their last two games, respectively. Minnesota has scored 14+ runs six times this season, tied with the Nationals for most in MLB. Minnesota has been shut out three times this season -- only the Yankees (none) and A's (twice) have been shut out fewer times.
  3. The Tigers have scored four runs or fewer in nine consecutive games -- the only longer streaks in the AL this season have been by themselves (10 in May) and the Rays (10 in July). The Giants scored four or fewer in 11 straight games in May, the longest streak in MLB this season.
  4. Nelson Cruz is slashing .450/.500/1.100 in August. No player has finished a calendar month (min. 40 PA) with an OPS of at least 1.600 since Barry Bonds (August 2004).
  5. Travis Demeritte, who debuted August 2, leads the Tigers with 10 runs scored in August. Through 20 career games he has 10 runs, seven extra-base hits and four stolen bases -- the last players to meet these marks through 20 career games were Fernando Tatis Jr (2019) and Carlos Correa (2015).
  6. Miguel Cabrera hit .304 prior to the All-Star break and has hit .223 since. Jorge Polanco hit .312 before the break and has hit .257 since. Among qualifying AL infielders, these are the largest and third-largest declines in batting average (Elvis Andrus is second).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 8/23/2019 thru 8/25/2019

Left-hander Martin Perez gets the start Sunday afternoon for the American League Central-leading Minnesota Twins, who will try to win just their second home series since the All-Star break when they face the Detroit Tigers at Target Field in Minneapolis.

Minnesota, which leads the Cleveland Indians by 2 1/2 games, is just 10-14 at home since the break and has won just one of the seven series at Target Field, a three-game sweep of the Kansas City Royals on Aug. 2-4.

The Twins, who dropped the series opener to Detroit 9-6 on Friday, bounced back from an early 4-1 deficit to even the series on Saturday night with an 8-5 victory.

Perez (8-5, 4.60 ERA) is 1-3 with a 6.04 ERA in six career appearances and five starts against Detroit. He lost his only start against the Tigers this season, 5-3, on May 12 at Target Field when he allowed three runs on four hits and two walks in five innings while striking out seven.

Left-hander Matthew Boyd (6-9, 4.24) has been reinstated from the paternity list and will start for Detroit. Boyd is 6-5 with a 4.34 ERA in 17 career starts against Minnesota and 3-4 with a 5.40 ERA in eight starts at Target Field. He had a no-decision in his only start this season against the Twins on June 7 in Detroit, a 6-3 Tigers loss. He allowed three runs on nine hits over seven innings while striking out eight.

Two players Boyd will have to try and slow down are outfielder Jake Cave and third baseman Miguel Sano, both of whom have hit three home runs in the first two games of the series.

Sano capped a five-run rally in the fifth inning of Saturday night's comeback win with a three-run homer into the second deck in left field to put Minnesota ahead to stay, 6-4. Cave added a two-run shot in the sixth and had reached base seven consecutive times in the series before striking out in the eighth against reliever Matt Hall.

"They both can hit a ball," Detroit manager Ron Gardenhire said. "Cave has a quick bat, and he makes a good sound. I've known Sano for a long, long time. He's a very strong young man that if you miss over the middle part of the plate, he's going to kill it, hit it a long ways."

That's what happened Saturday night to Tigers starter Edwin Jackson.

"He hung a slider, and that was pretty much the night for him," Gardenhire said.

Cave, who has bounced back-and-forth between Minnesota and Triple-A Rochester this season, has made the most of his playing time since being recalled due to Byron Buxton's shoulder injury sustained while crashing into the fence at Marlins Park in Miami on Aug. 3.

Cave is hitting .452 in August and, after hitting just two home runs in his first 120 at-bats this season, goes into Sunday's contest with three homers in his last five at-bats, including two that easily cleared the fence in dead-center.

"He's certainly had some great at-bats, some really good swings again today," said Minnesota manager Rocco Baldelli. "Having a guy who can step in and has experience in the outfield that can play all the outfield positions, and then go up there and have the at-bats that he's been having, it's a huge pick-me-up. He brings a lot of energy to the table."

--Field Level Media

Updated August 25, 2019

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