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A Tale Of Two Teams As Tigers Play Twins For Last Time In 2011

Detroit is on a roll, and the Twins are in the middle of getting rolled.

This afternoon the Tigers will look for a sweep of Minnesota, a team currently on an seven game losing streak, and no semblance of climbing out of the rut they’re in any time soon.

With more injuries than front line combat units, the Twins are being forced to play young players and rookies, both in the field and on the mound. Hopefully, the experience they’re getting now will make the organization better in the long run, much like what happened in the late 1990’s. Players like Torii Hunter and Michael Cuddyer played earlier than the team wanted them to and their play early on wasn’t major league quality, but it paid off in the long run. And hopefully that will be the case with players like Rene Tosoni and Jason Repko.

Today, Brian Duensing starts for the Twins. Duensing is coming off of his worst start of the season against Baltimore, and has been flat out horrid for over a month. In his last five starts, he is 0-5 with an 8.65 ERA.

First pitch at Target Field is at 1:10.

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