The Minnesota Twins and Detroit Tigers were supposed to kick-off their weekend series in Detroit on Friday night, but thanks to a torrential downpour the series will get a late start when the two teams take the field on Saturday afternoon. The Tigers have their eyes dead set on the first place Chicago White Sox, but the Twins have a concern of their own: they'll be looking to avoid dropping out of a tie for last place in the Central and into the worst record in the American League.
On the hill for the Twins is the team's de facto ace Samuel Deduno. Deduno, of course, has had a break out second half, though he's only made one start vs. the Tigers this year. That came in mid-August, when he held Detroit to three runs over seven innings in a 9-to-3 Twins victory at home. Facing the Tigers in Detroit is a decidedly tougher task.
Minnesota will be facing Detroit starter Doug Fister, who has faced the Twins three times this season to mixed results. In those three starts, the Twins have hung nine earned runs on Fister in 18 innings, good for a 4.50 ERA.That said, he's also struck out 16 batters while only walking five.
First pitch will be at 3:05 p.m. CT, with the broadcast airing on FOX.