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Game 126: Twins vs. Tigers

A duel of young pitchers takes place at Target Field.

John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

First Pitch: 7:10 pm CST
Radio: Go 96.3 FM, TIBN
Know Thine Enemy: Bless You Boys

Last night didn't end too pleasantly, so hopefully we see a different result tonight. The Twins send Tyler Duffey to the mound who has massively struggled this year. Too many hits and home runs have been a problem, but it is a little encouraging to see his xFIP below four which suggests that he's been a much better pitcher beyond what we've seen on the surface.

Facing him is lefty Matt Boyd who has been the foil to Duffey this season. Boyd has a solid 3.93 ERA this season thanks to the ability to limit hits, but his FIP and xFIP are significantly worse thanks to him allowing 11 home runs in under 70 innings.

Bold prediction: Whoever hits the most home runs will win tonight.

Today's Lineups

Cameron Maybin - CF Brian Dozier - 2B
Erick Aybar - SS Robbie Grossman - LF
Miguel Cabrera - 1B Miguel Sano - DH
Victor Martinez - DH Trevor Plouffe - 1B
J.D. Martinez - RF Jorge Polanco - SS
Justin Upton - LF Eduardo Escobar - 3B
Casey McGehee - 3B Max Kepler - RF
Jarrod Saltalamacchia - C Kurt Suzuki - C
Andrew Romine - 2B Eddie Rosario - CF
Matt Boyd - LHP Tyler Duffey - RHP