American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Wednesday, August 21st
(All times Eastern)
Minnesota Twins (55-69) at Detroit Tigers (73-52), 7:08 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Minnesota - Kevin Correia (8-9, 4.61)
Detroit - Anibal Sanchez (11-7, 2.50)
(Sports Network) - Anibal Sanchez eyes his fifth straight winning decision on
Wednesday when the Detroit Tigers play the middle test of a three-game series
with the Minnesota Twins at Comerica Park.
Sanchez won his second straight start and improved to 4-1 since the All-Star
break on Thursday against Kansas City, as he held the Royals to a run and
seven hits over 7 1/3 frames to run his record to 11-7 overall, while lowering
his ERA to 2.50.
"That's what I try to do," Sanchez said. "I try get my focus and make my
adjustments when I need it. Sometimes I start the game, like today, when my
balls aren't going for strikes, even my sinker didn't work and I have to do
something. I checked my video and I was slow at the beginning of the game. And
after that I made my moves and made some movements on the pitch, and I was
able to get ahead in the count."
While pitching in virtual obscurity amongst Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer,
Sanchez has quietly been one of the best pitchers in baseball over the past
month, pitching to a league-best 1.54 ERA over his past six starts.
Sanchez owns a 1.90 ERA in three starts against the Twins this season, but is
1-2 lifetime versus them with a 2.80 ERA in six starts.
Minnesota, meanwhile, will counter with righty Kevin Correia, who has lost
three of last four decisions. Correia lost to Chicago on Friday, as the White
Sox reached him for five runs (4 earned) and nine hits in 7 1/3 innings to
drop him to 8-9 to go along with a 4.61 ERA.
Correia is 1-1 in four starts versus the Tigers with a 3.16 ERA.
Minnesota jumped out in front of this series on Tuesday, as Justin Morneau
drove in four runs to pace the Twins to a 6-3 win. Morneau went 4-for-5 and
had a two-run homer in the fourth inning for Minnesota, which snapped its
four-game losing streak.
"It was one of those days where Morneau got us," Tigers catcher Brayan Pena
said. "He had a great game."
The Twins won the game despite not having Joe Mauer in the lineup. Minnesota's
leader in hits and batting average had dizziness during batting practice and
was a late scratch. He is questionable for tonight's tilt.
Mike Pelfrey (5-10) picked up his first victory since July 6. The right-hander
returned to the win column after tossing 6 2/3 innings and surrendering three
runs on seven hits.
Prince Fielder had a solo home run and an RBI groundout for the Tigers, who
had a modest two-game winning streak stopped.
The Tigers started Rick Porcello (9-7), who picked up his first loss since
June 30. He only lasted 4 1/3 innings, in which he allowed five runs on seven
hits with six strikeouts and two walks.
Detroit is 8-6 against the Twins this season.
08/21 10:46:46 ET