Twins at Tigers
The Detroit Tigers began the chore of moving on without Miguel Cabrera with a solid comeback win and look to follow it up when they conclude their three-game series with the visiting Minnesota Twins on Thursday afternoon. Detroit exploded for four eighth-inning runs in Wednesday's 5-2 victory, its first contest since losing Cabrera to a season-ending biceps injury a day earlier.
John Hicks started at first base in Cabrera's absence and went 3-for-4 to improve to 6-for-10 with a walk over his last three games. Niko Goodrum also recorded three hits to match a season high, belting his sixth homer of the campaign in the process. Eduardo Escobar went 2-for-4 with a two-run single for the Twins, giving him nine multi-hit performances while going 22-for-54 over his last 14 contests. Minnesota's Miguel Sano, an All-Star last season, was hitless in four at-bats on Wednesday and is 6-for-37 this month without a homer.
TV: 1:10 p.m. ET, FS North (Minnesota), FS Detroit
PITCHING MATCHUP: Twins RH Lance Lynn (4-4, 5.08 ERA) vs. Tigers RH Michael Fulmer (2-5, 4.40)
Lynn has gone 3-0 over his last four starts, posting a 1.46 ERA during the stretch. The 31-year-old settled for a no-decision against the Los Angeles Angels in his last turn after giving up one run and four hits over six innings. Lynn was victorious on May 22, when he scattered five hits over 6 2/3 scoreless frames, to improve to 2-1 with a 2.84 ERA in three career starts against Detroit.
Fulmer is 4-0 with a 3.04 ERA in four career starts against the Twins as he notched the win on May 23, when he gave up one run and four hits over 5 2/3 innings. The 25-year-old came away without a decision versus Cleveland last time out despite allowing one run and five hits in seven frames. Fulmer has gone 0-4 with a 4.54 ERA in seven home starts this season to fall to 9-10 with a 3.59 ERA in 30 career outings at Comerica Park.
1. Tigers C James McCann (flu) has missed three straight games and is uncertain for the series finale.
2. Minnesota 1B Joe Mauer (concussion/neck) could return from his injury rehab assignment as soon as Friday.
3. Cabrera is scheduled to undergo season-ending surgery on Thursday and will do his rehab in Detroit so he can remain around the team.