Major League Baseball
Preview
Minnesota at Detroit
When: 7:10 PM ET, Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Where: Comerica Park, Detroit, Michigan

The Minnesota Twins can clinch a series win on the road for the first time in nearly two months when they continue a three-game set at the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday. Eddie Rosario homered before leaving with a quadriceps injury as the Twins claimed the opener 6-1, their second straight road victory following an eight-game slide away from home.

Jorge Polanco also went deep while Kohl Stewart allowed only one unearned run over six innings of relief for Minnesota. Jake Odorizzi flirted with a no-hitter his last time out and seeks an encore performance when he starts Tuesday for the Twins, who have won four of their last five against the Tigers. Nicholas Castellanos recorded three of Detroit's five hits on Monday as his team fell for the fifth straight time at home. Daniel Norris will try to end that slide while breaking into the win column himself as he starts for the hosts.

TV: 7:10 p.m. ET, FS North (Minnesota), FS Detroit

PITCHING MATCHUP: Twins RH Jake Odorizzi (6-10, 4.41 ERA) vs. Tigers LH Daniel Norris (0-4, 6.14)

Odorizzi held the New York Yankees hitless for 7 1/3 innings Wednesday at home while snapping a four-start winless streak. The 28-year-old has lasted exactly five innings in both of his matchups with the Tigers this year, allowing six runs overall. Odorizzi is 1-0 with a 1.64 ERA in two career starts at Comerica Park.

Norris fell to 0-3 as a starter this year giving up five runs and eight hits - both season highs - over 4 2/3 innings against Houston on Wednesday. He has 35 strikeouts in 29 1/3 innings on the year and is holding opponents to a .250 average. The 25-year-old has a 4.29 ERA in four career starts versus Minnesota.

WALK-OFFS

1. Tigers DH Victor Martinez is 3-for-21 over his last seven games.

2. Polanco is 8-for-18 with a pair of homers during a four-game hitting streak.

3. Minnesota is 34-33 against American League Central opponents and 35-48 against all others.

PREDICTION: Twins 5, Tigers 4
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away East Central West IL
Minnesota 69-81 W2 43-31 26-50 18-16 34-33 9-20 8-12
Detroit 61-89 L1 36-39 25-50 15-17 30-37 10-24 6-11
Last Meeting
Minnesota Detroit
Date Away Home Avg HR OPS Avg HR OPS
9/17/18 MIN 6 DET 1 .257 2 .819 .161 0 .451
Player Stats
Season Series
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
Minnesota E. Rosario .260 13 .789
Detroit N. Goodrum .293 12 1.192
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
Minnesota E. Rosario 3 8 7
Detroit N. Goodrum 5 12 11
Pitching ERA Avg K
Minnesota 3.61 .236 106
Detroit 4.31 .233 95
Season
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
Minnesota E. Rosario .288 161 .803
Detroit N. Castellanos .296 170 .845
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
Minnesota E. Rosario 24 87 77
Detroit N. Castellanos 21 79 81
Pitching ERA Avg K
Minnesota 4.64 .247 1271
Detroit 4.50 .242 1118