The Minnesota Twins received welcome gifts when they got to Detroit. Now, what about some going-away presents?
The Twins can only hope the Detroit Tigers are in as charitable of a mood as they were Wednesday. The Tigers fumbled their way into four errors, which helped fuel 11 runs from the lowly Twins offense -- the most they'd scored all season.
Runs might be harder to come by Thursday, when the Tigers send Doug Fister to the hill. Fister has been nails since an early-season stint on the DL. In his last two starts, he has 11 strikeouts and one earned run over 13.0 innings.
The Twins' starter will be P.J. Walters, who is making his second appearance on the season. Walters was solid in his first outing, going 6.0 innings and yielding but two runs. Alas, the 27-year-old has a 6.79 career ERA in the majors, so Minnesota shouldn't bank on quality starts.
The Twins are still 4.5 games back of the Kansas City Royals in the Central.
First pitch Thursday is scheduled for 12:05 Central. Afterwards, the Twins head to Milwaukee for a three-game, interleague series with the Brewers.