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Baker, Twins Look To End Losing Skid In Matinee With Tigers

The Twins got shelled for their fourth consecutive loss last night, while their anemic offense produced only two runs. They have the worst offense in baseball by nearly any measure, and they have the worst record in Major League Baseball to show for it.

Stop us if you've heard this before. You have? OK, we'll move on then.

The good news for the Twins is that they have their best starting pitcher taking the mound today. Scott Baker dropped his first two decisions of the year, but he's 2-0 with a 1.59 ERA over his last four starts. Outside of Francisco Liriano's no-hitter last week, Baker has been the lone bright spot on Minnesota's pitching staff during their incredibly disappointing start to 2011.

If Baker wants to keep his positive trend going, he may want to avoid Tigers slugger Victor Martinez. Martinez struggled a bit out of the gate this season, but he's hitting .472 in the past ten games after getting three hits and four RBI in last night's "contest".

Taking the mound for the Tigers is Phil Coke, making his first start against the Twins as a member of the Tigers. Coke has been knocked around lately, going 0-3 with a 6.75 ERA in his last four starts. The embarrassingly depleted Twins lineup will try to prolong Coke's struggles and end their latest losing streak.

First pitch at Target Field is at 12:10 PM CT.

Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.