Tigers at Twins
When: 2:10 p.m.
Where: Target Field, Minneapolis
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Here’s what you need to know:
■ The Tigers trail the Royals by three games for first place in the American League Central Division entering Sunday’s play, and are seeking a series split with the lowly Twins, who are in last place in the Central.
■ The Tigers likely will have to seek a split without the services of first baseman Miguel Cabrera, who was not in Sunday’s initial lineup because of a right ankle injury. Don Kelly will start at first base, hitting ninth. Victor Martinez remains the designated hitter.
■ The series has not been kind to Tigers pitchers, who have given up 38 runs in the first three games.
■ Right-hander Max Scherzer seeks his 15th victory of the season, and owns some success against Minnesota, having won seven of his nine career decisions against the Twins. His career ERA against Minnesota, however, is a pedestrian 4.43.
Here are some Tigers stories to catch up on prior to first pitch:
■ Justin Verlander returned from a one-start absence to help the Tigers salvage a doubleheader split.
Pitcher Kyle Lobstein had a memorable big league debut in the Tigers loss in Sunday’s Game 1 of the doubleheader.
■ Lynn Henning: Tigers seem to be losing big-league credentials
1. Rajai Davis (R) CF
2. Ian Kinsler (R) 2B
3. Torii Hunter (R) RF
4. Victor Martinez (S) DH
5. J.D. Martinez (R) LF
6. Nick Castellanos (R) 3B
7. Alex Avila (L) C
8. Eugenio Suarez (R) SS
9. Don Kelly (L) 1B
SP: RH Max Scherzer (14-4, 3.07)
1. Danny Santana (S) CF
2. Brian Dozier (R) 2B
3. Joe Mauer (L) 1B
4. Kennys Vargas (S) DH
5. Oswaldo Arcia (L) RF
6. Trevor Plouffe (R) 3B
7. Kurt Suzuki (R) C
8. Eduardo Escobar (S) SS
9. Jordan Schafer (L) LF
SP: RH Kyle Gibson (11-9, 4.13)