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Games CLII & CLIII: Twins (55-96) vs Tigers (80-70)

Tigers still somehow dream of a Wild Card spot. Let's see if we can ruin that like a Twins' rookie... unless it rains.

1,000 words on the Twins 2016 season with one picture
1,000 words on the Twins 2016 season with one picture
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Game 1: 1:10 pm CT
Game 2: 7:10 pm CT
Radio: Go 96.3 FM, TIBN
Know Thine Enemy: Bless You Boys
Weather: T-Storms Early Then Cloudy, 61°F

Game 1: Anibal Sanchez (RHP, 7-13, 5.90 ERA) vs Pat Dean (LHP, 1-6, 6.71 ERA)

Sanchez faced the Twins on September 14th and gave up six runs, including two home runs in four innings while striking out seven.

You might remember Pat Dean from the bullpen, or have him confused with Pat Light, at any rate he's starting for the Twins today, weather permitting. MLB is reporting he's going to be limited to about 75 pitches.

    Game 2: Justin Verlander (RHP, 14-8, 3.22 ERA) vs Ervin Santana (RHP, 10-7, 3.38 ERA)

    Verlander threw seven shutout inning, giving up one hit and four walks against the Indians in his last start. The Twins haven't faced Verlander since July when he threw eight innings but gave a up a homer to local boy done good, Joe Mauer.

    Santana pitched seven innings against the Mets last Saturday, giving up just four hits and two walks while striking out nine. In his last game against the Tigers he pitched five innings, but only gave up three hits, two walks and one earned run with four strikeouts.

    Today's Lineups

    Jose Iglesias - SS Brian Dozier - 2B
    Tyler Collins - CF Logan Schafer - LF
    Miguel Cabrera - 1B Jorge Polanco - SS
    Victor Martinez - DH Max Kepler - RF
    J.D. Martinez - RF Robbie Grossman - DH
    Justin Upton - LF Eduardo Escobar - 3B
    Erick Aybar - 3B Juan Centeno - C
    Jarrod Saltalamacchia - C Byron Buxton - CF
    Andrew Romine - 2B James Beresford - 1B
    Justin Verlander - RHP Ervin Santana - RHP

    • The Tigers are tied with Houston and one game back from Baltimore in the chase for the second Wild Card spot.
    • Ian Kinsler is waiting to be cleared by MLB's concussion protocol after complaining of "head pressure." Kinsler was hit by a pitch in last Sunday's game against the Indians.
    • Miguel Sano who's been out with lower back pain may return today, possibly as a pinch-hitter.