MLB Baseball

Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Minnesota0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 480
Detroit1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 260
  W: J. Odorizzi (15-7)   L: S. Turnbull (3-16)   S: T. Rogers (29)
3:40 PM PT4:40 PM MT5:40 PM CT6:40 PM ET18:40 ET22:40 GMT6:40 3:40 PM MST5:40 PM EST6:10 PM VEN2:40 UAE (+1)5:40 PM CT, September 24, 2019
Comerica Park, Detroit, Michigan  Attendance: 16,174

Twins aim to keep playoff push vs. Tigers

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Minnesota Twins at Detroit Tigers

  1. Minnesota has a 15-6-3 (.688) series record on the road this season, best in MLB. Since the All-Star break, the Twins' road series record is 8-0-1 (.944) -- every other MLB team has lost at least two road series since the break, while the Twins have not lost any.
  2. The Twins have a .913 OPS against the Tigers in 2019, the third-highest OPS by any AL team against a divisional opponent this season (Yankees, 1.018 vs. Orioles; Astros, .985 vs. Angels). At Comerica Park, the Twins have hit .321 and scored 7.6 runs per game.
  3. Tigers' pitchers allowed the White Sox to hit .373 in their last series -- the only AL team to allow an opponent to hit for a higher average over a three-game series this season was the Twins (twice).
  4. Victor Reyes has had three multi-hit games in his last four overall, and his nine multi-hit games in September are fewer than only three players in MLB, all of whom play for the White Sox.
  5. Miguel Sano homered twice in his last game, and since Sano's first game of the season on May 16, his 33 home runs are tied with teammate Nelson Cruz for third most by an American Leaguer. Sano's 19 RBI in September are also tied for third most by an American Leaguer this month.
  6. Dawel Lugo has slashed .417/.432/.694 in 10 games against the Twins this season and .220/.250/.330 in 52 games against the rest of MLB. His 12-game hitting streak against the Twins franchise is the longest active streak in MLB.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/24/2019 thru 9/26/2019

The Minnesota Twins haven't won an American League Central title since 2010, when Ron Gardenhire managed the team.

If all goes well over the next few days, the Twins (96-60) will hold a celebration at the home field of Gardenhire's current team.

Their magic number to clinch the division is three as they open a three-game series on Tuesday against the Detroit Tigers (46-109). Second-place Cleveland trails Minnesota by four games entering the final week of the regular season.

Minnesota inched closer to that goal by winning three of four at home against Kansas City over the weekend. A major individual milestone was achieved on Sunday when Nelson Cruz blasted his 400th career homer in a 12-8 victory.

Cruz was signed as a free agent in January and has been the driving force behind the Twins' power surge as well as their charge up the standings. He leads the team with 40 homers, 105 RBIs and a .303 batting average.

"It's definitely something that you really appreciate after the season, because we're really fighting for something more bigger than that," Cruz told

The Twins hold an option on his contract for next season.

"I hope the Twins can give him a couple more years (on his) contract, and he can retire here," infielder Miguel Sano told "I love everything that he taught me this year. Not just me. He teaches (second baseman Jonathan Schoop), a lot of players here, too. I want to say thank you, God, for letting me play with Nelson Cruz."

The Twins have kept rolling despite the season-ending loss of center fielder Byron Buxton (shoulder) and ongoing injuries to right fielder Max Kepler (shoulder) and infielder Ehire Adrianza (oblique). It's uncertain whether either will return to the lineup this week.

Right-hander Jake Odorozzi (14-7, 3.59 ERA), the scheduled starter on Tuesday, is looking for his first win of the month.

In his last start on Wednesday, Odorizzi gave up two runs in 5 2/3 innings of a 3-1 loss to the Chicago White Sox. He faced the Tigers in Detroit on Sept. 2, receiving a no-decision while allowing three runs in five innings.

In 11 career starts, he's 5-1 with a 3.25 ERA against Detroit.

The Tigers will counter with right-hander Spencer Turnbull (3-15, 4.66 ERA), whose last win came on May 31. Detroit has lost 15 of the last 16 games in which Turnbull has taken the mound.

Turnbull gave up just one run in five innings at Cleveland on Wednesday but wound up with a no-decision.

The Tigers salvaged the finale of a three-game series on Sunday as they hit four homers in a 6-3 win over the White Sox.

Detroit assured itself that it wouldn't become the first team in major league history to lose 60 games at home.

"Honestly, I didn't know how many we had to win to get that out of the way," Gardenhire said. "But if you're saying we won't do it, then I am fine with that. You don't want to do stuff like that. Setting records in a negative way is never a good thing."

--Field Level Media

Updated September 23, 2019

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