Tigers pitcher Anibal Sanchez looks to get above .500 for the season Saturday against the Twins. (Robin Buckson / Detroit News)
Detroit – The Tigers shut out the opposition Thursday, then were shut out Friday.
So what’s in store for Saturday?
The Tigers and Twins play Game 2 of a three-game set at Comerica Park. The game will be televised nationally on Fox Sports 1 – former Tigers great Jack Morris will be on the call – while 97.1 will be handling the radio side of things.
Anibal Sanchez pitches for the Tigers, and he’s had some fine success against the Twins. Last year, he took a no-hitter into the ninth inning, before Joe Mauer broke it up with a clean single to center.
Sanchez faced the Twins on April 26, and that was the start he left with a blister on his pitching hand. That sent him to the disabled list.
Meanwhile, another right-hander, Sam Deduno, goes for the Twins. He’s had mixed success in his career against the Tigers, going 2-2 with a 6.83 ERA.
The Tigers are in the middle of a big stretch of games against the American League Central. While they still are in first place, their lead is down to just 1.5 games – over the Royals, who visit Detroit for a pivotal four-game set, starting Monday.
The division, on a whole, is as bunched as ever. Even the last-place Indians and White Sox are just 3.5 games behind the Tigers. The surprising Twins enter the game in third place, three games back.
Follow the game with live tweets from our Tigers team:
1. Ian Kinsler 2B
2. Torii Hunter RF
3. Miguel Cabrera 1B
4. Victor Martinez DH
5. J.D. Martinez LF
6. Austin Jackson CF
7. Nick Castellanos 3B
8. Alex Avila C
9. Eugenio Suarez SS
SP: Anibal Sanchez (2-2, 2.24)
1. Danny Santana SS
2. Sam Fuld CF
3. Joe Mauer 1B
4. Josh Willingham LF
5. Kendrys Morales DH
6. Oswaldo Arcia RF
7. Trevor Plouffe 3B
8. Eric Fryer C
9. Eduardo Escobar 2B
SP: Samuel Deduno (2-4, 4.45)