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Detroit0 1 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 4100
Minnesota4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 570
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4:40 PM PT5:40 PM MT6:40 PM CT7:40 PM ET19:40 ET23:40 GMT7:40 4:40 PM MST6:40 PM EST7:10 PM VEN3:40 UAE (+1)5:40 PM CT, May 23, 2022
Target Field, Minneapolis, Minnesota  Attendance: 16,361

Twins look to remain on roll vs. Tigers

According to STATS
According to STATS

Detroit Tigers at Minnesota Twins

  1. Minnesota swept Detroit in Minneapolis in the first series between these teams. The Twins are now 16-4 at home against the Tigers since 2020, tied for the fifth-best mark by any American League team against a division opponent over that span.
  2. Detroit split a weather-shortened two-game series at Cleveland over the weekend, winning, 4-2, on Sunday. The Tigers are 4-2 when scoring three or more runs on the road this season. However, Detroit's six such games in 2022 are two fewer than the next closest teams.
  3. Miguel Cabrera had an RBI double on Sunday. That was his 10th RBI of the month which leads the Tigers in May. Cabrera's slugging percentage in May is .492, 202 points higher than his slugging percentage in April (.290).
  4. The Twins finished their sweep of the Royals in Kansas City with a come-from-behind win which saw Minnesota trailing 6-0 entering the eighth inning. That was the largest comeback by the Twins in the eighth inning or later since July 2015 versus Detroit (trailed 6-0, won 8-6).
  5. Luis Arraez reached base seven times against Kansas City over the weekend, scoring four runs. Arraez has a .500 OBP since the beginning of May, tied for the highest OBP among MLB players with 50 plate appearances this month (Brendan Donovan, StL).
  6. Beau Brieske has issued 3.79 walks and allowed 2.39 home runs per nine innings this season. Meanwhile, Chris Archer has issued 4.78 walks and allowed 2.05 home runs per nine innings in 2022. They are the only AL pitchers with 25.0 innings pitched who have a BB/9 over 3.0 and a HR/9 over 2.0 this season.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 5/23/2022 thru 5/25/2022

The Minnesota Twins swept a three-game home series from the Detroit Tigers last month. They'll look to duplicate that feat beginning Monday.

The Twins have won four straight and six of their last seven games. They swept a three-game road series at Kansas City over the weekend, including a 7-6 triumph on Sunday.

Minnesota trailed 6-0 heading into the eighth inning. The Twins scored five runs in the eighth, then added two more in the ninth to pull out the victory.

"That's one that is not going to escape my mind for a long time," manager Rocco Baldelli said. "They had all their good arms out there. The guys just kept fighting and the at-bats were excellent. You don't see games like that too often. It's one that I think I'll always remember in some shape or form."

Gio Urshela capped the rally in his lone at-bat with an RBI single.

"There was good energy in the dugout," Urshela said. "I was getting ready the last three innings, just waiting for the opportunity."

The first-place Twins now get a chance to pad their division lead against the Tigers, who are tied with the Royals for last place in the American League Central.

Chris Archer (0-1, 4.10 ERA) will start the opener of the three-game series for Minnesota. Archer has pitched in short bursts in each of his seven appearances this season, never going longer than 4 1/3 innings. In his last outing on Monday, he limited Oakland to one run on two hits in four innings.

He's made 11 career starts against Detroit, posting a 2-3 record and 3.66 ERA.

He'll be opposed by Elvin Rodriguez, who will be making his first career start after being recalled from Triple-A Toledo. Rodriguez gave up four runs in 2 2/3 innings in an April 10 relief appearance against the Chicago White Sox.

Rodriguez has a 2-1 record and 3.57 ERA in six appearances with the Mud Hens, including five starts. He tossed five scoreless innings against Louisville on May 15.

The injury-riddled Tigers haven't had a lot to cheer about this season but they snapped a three-game losing streak on Sunday with a spirited 4-2 win at Cleveland. Detroit turned four double plays as it grabbed the lead in the fifth inning and held on.

"We played pretty well all the way around," manager AJ Hinch said. "From the beginning of the game, we punched first, we were able to hold them off in the first inning, played a little defense, got a tack-on run -- there was a lot to like today."

Javier Baez hit his third home run of the season in the eighth inning to give the Tigers some insurance. Baez is batting just .207 with an on-base percentage of .244. Perhaps the long ball could be a precursor to a hot streak for the team's prized free agent acquisition.

"He's really hung in there," Hinch said. "That was a key run. The way the momentum can go in this ballpark and the emotions can go for a team that's been struggling. We're trying to get some spark to get something going. That tack-on run was huge."

--Field Level Media

Updated May 23, 2022

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