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Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Minnesota0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 233
Detroit2 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 x 561
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  W: A. Lange (7-4)   L: S. Woods Richardson (0-1)   S: G. Soto (30)
9:10 AM PT10:10 AM MT11:10 AM CT12:10 PM ET12:10 ET16:10 GMT0:10 9:10 AM MST11:10 AM EST11:40 AM VEN20:10 UAE10:10 AM CT, October 2, 2022
Comerica Park, Detroit, Michigan  Attendance: 20,105

Series vs. Twins has Tigers looking toward next year

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Minnesota Twins at Detroit Tigers

  1. Over the last three seasons, Detroit is 12-7 at home against Minnesota, compared to 6-20 on the road. The Twins, however, have won their last two games at Comerica Park including a 9-1 win in their last game there.
  2. Minnesota is 9-18 (.333) for the month of September after entering the month five games above .500 (67-62). The 18 losses are the most in a single month for the club since going 8-19 in September of 2016.
  3. Jose Miranda leads the Twins in RBI this season with 66. Excluding the shortened seasons of 2020 and 1981, Minnesota's team leader in RBI hasn't finished with fewer than 70 since 1980 when John Castino led the club at 64 RBI.
  4. The Tigers have swept consecutive series with three-game sweeps of the White Sox and Royals. It is the first time Detroit has swept back-to-back series against divisional opponents since having two such streaks in the 2016 season.
  5. Javier Baez currently leads the Tigers (or is tied for the lead) in hits, home runs, doubles, triples, RBI and stolen bases. Since RBI has been tracked (1920), no Tiger player has ever led the team in all six of those categories in the same season.
  6. Detroit has 102 home runs on the season after hitting two on Thursday against Kansas City. That is 21 fewer than the next fewest in MLB (Cleveland) meaning the Tigers will likely finish the season last in MLB in home runs for the second time in team history (2002 with 124).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/30/2022 thru 10/2/2022

Designated hitter Miguel Cabrera will play in the home finale when the Detroit Tigers face the Minnesota Twins on Sunday afternoon.

Cabrera will return next season for what could be the final one of his Hall of Fame career. His bat and body have slowed down in the second half of this season but manager A.J. Hinch wants the fans to see him one more time this year.

"I went to Miggy about playing in the final home game of the season," Hinch said. "Whether it's symbolic or not, playing at 12:10 p.m. isn't ideal for anybody. But I think it's important to our fans. It's important to close out the home schedule and have Miguel be a part of it. He was all about it. He wanted to play all three games in this series."

The Tigers (64-93) have won seven of their last eight, including a 3-2 win over Minnesota on Saturday. The Twins (77-81) need to win their remaining four games to avoid a losing season.

Detroit rookie left-hander Joey Wentz will make his seventh appearance this season and second against Minnesota. He blanked the Twins for four innings on May 31.

Wentz (2-2, 3.54 ERA) started four games in September, most recently on Tuesday when he gave up three runs and five hits in five innings against Kansas City. In his previous outing, he held Baltimore scoreless for 5 2/3 innings.

"There were a lot of misfires," Hinch said of Wentz's last outing. "It's going to happen. You're not going to make every start picture-perfect with your command."

Wentz had to improvise because he had trouble with his fastball.

"As pitchers, we talk a lot about fastball command kind of being a basis point for us," Wentz said. "When in doubt, if you can fall back on locating your heater, that's pretty good. (Tuesday), I wasn't able to do that. I couldn't get it to my glove side that well at all and they made me pay for it a couple of times with extra-base hits."

The Twins haven't named a starter but Simeon Woods Richardson could make his major-league debut at some point during Sunday's contest. Rated as Minnesota's No. 6 prospect, he was added to the taxi squad on Friday.

Manager Rocco Baldelli said that the 22-year-old right-hander will pitch before the end of the regular season.

"You balance out the kind of year that he has and you balance out kind of the upside and what you think a guy might be able to get out of it, where they're at in their career," Baldelli said. "There are guys that you want to get out there. You want to see them. You want to get them in a spot where if they're making a start for you the following spring or the following year early in the year, that they've done it before."

Woods Richardson has a 2.77 ERA in 23 minor league appearances, including 22 starts, for Double-A Wichita and Triple-A St. Paul. In seven starts with the latter club, he was 2-0 with a 2.21 ERA.

He's eager for the opportunity.

"Just seeing the type of caliber of hitters in the box, reading their swings, reading my swings, it upgrades your game," he said. "You will do better, you will feel better, you will think better. Everything is for a pitch-to-pitch purpose. I think that's what I'm most excited to see."

--Field Level Media

Updated October 2, 2022

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