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Game 36: Tigers @ Twins

Gardy’s back! Hopefully Nick Punto is in the crowd, somewhere.

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Time: 7:10 Central. Vegas Line: -210 MIN / DET +190

Weather: Clear, First Pitch 49°, Will Warm Up A Little

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Since a shoulder injury in 2016, 32-year-old Detroit righthander Tyson Ross has become the definition of a journeyman fifth starter. The Tigers are his fourth team in the last three seasons, and he’s compiled a 5.07 ERA over that stretch. He throws a low-90s fastball, cutter, and slider; before injury, the slider was his best pitch.

He’ll be against the reigning AL Player Of The Week, Jake Odorizzi. Odds heavily favor the Twins in this matchup, so they’ll probably lose 100-0.

Today's Lineups

Niko Goodrum - 1B Max Kepler - RF
Christin Stewart - LF Jorge Polanco - SS
Nicholas Castellanos - RF Nelson Cruz - DH
Miguel Cabrera - DH Eddie Rosario - LF
Ronny Rodriguez - SS C.J. Cron - 1B
Jeimer Candelario - 3B Marwin Gonzalez - 3B
Harold Castro - 2B Mitch Garver - C
Grayson Greiner - C Jonathan Schoop - 2B
JaCoby Jones - CF Byron Buxton - CF

Odds & ends:

A host family for the Tigers’ single-A team may have been giving players poisoned water. Not on purpose; it was leaking from a landfill. The company which dumped poison there makes shoes, such as Hush Puppies. Minnesota’s own 3M helped supply them with some of the poison chemicals.

In a cheerier bit, Gardy’s still getting ejected. Twice in April, by my count. Way back in 2014, Jesse Lund compiled some of his favorites here. And of course Gardy was ejected in his first Tigers game.

For those curious how SB parent company Vox Media’s sausage gets made, Kaitlyn Tiffany has an explanation of the way “chumboxes” work. Those are the little windows at the bottom of an article, with links to things like “Gut Doctor Begs You To Throw Out This Vegetable Now.” Tiffany digs into this guy, who is a real doctor. Apparently, he hates corn. Better not move to Iowa, then.