Major League Baseball
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Detroit at Minnesota
When: 3:10 PM ET, Sunday, October 1, 2017
Where: Target Field, Minneapolis, Minnesota

With their spot at the bottom of the American League Central secured and the Minnesota Twins locked into the second AL wild card, the Detroit Tigers are trying to enjoy themselves over the final weekend of the regular season. The Tigers will try to say goodbye to manager Brad Ausmus with a win when they visit the Twins for the regular-season finale on Sunday.

Ausmus, who has already been informed that he won't be returning next season, decided to use utilityman Andrew Romine at each of the nine positions on Saturday. "It made things light. It made things fun," Romine told reporters. "We had something to look forward to. If it didn't happen in Detroit, I'm glad it happened here, because these fans, they respect sports, they respect other teams. It was fun to see the way that they acknowledged it. And when they said something, I got to acknowledge the fans, acknowledge the other dugout, to say thank you for letting me do that." The Twins are trying to get everything lined up for Tuesday's wild card game at the New York Yankees and won't be pushing too hard on the final day of the season. Minnesota will send ageless veteran Bartolo Colon to the mound on Sunday while the Tigers counter with Anibal Sanchez.

TV: 3:10 p.m. ET, TBS, FSN Detroit, FSN North (Minnesota)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Tigers RH Anibal Sanchez (3-6, 6.46 ERA) vs. Twins RH Bartolo Colon (6-14, 6.72)

Sanchez is unlikely to re-sign with a rebuilding Detroit club and could be making his final appearance for the team. The Venezuela native is searching for his first win since Aug. 1 but is enjoying a string of three straight quality starts, during which he allowed a total of four runs while striking out 25 in 18 innings. Sanchez was not as sharp against Minnesota on Aug. 11, when he was roughed up for five runs and eight hits in six frames.

Colon could be making his final appearance with his current team as well and is 4-6 with a 5.50 ERA in 14 starts since joining the Twins. The 44-year-old was removed after one inning at Cleveland on Tuesday due to an illness and ended up allowing two runs on three hits. Colon is seeing the Tigers for the first time since joining Minnesota and is 2-3 with a 5.50 ERA in six starts at Target Field this year.

WALK-OFFS

1. Romine is the fifth player in MLB history to play all nine positions in the same game.

2. Twins 3B Miguel Sano (shin) went 1-for-4 as the DH on Saturday and could be a candidate to earn a spot on the wild card roster.

3. Detroit 3B Jeimer Candelario (wrist) did not start on Saturday but appeared as a pinch hitter and could return to the starting lineup on Sunday.

PREDICTION: Tigers 6, Twins 1
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away East Central West IL
Detroit 64-97 W1 34-47 30-50 16-17 31-44 9-24 8-12
Minnesota 84-77 L1 40-40 44-37 15-18 40-35 16-17 13-7
Last Meeting
Detroit Minnesota
Date Away Home Avg HR OPS Avg HR OPS
9/30/17 DET 3 MIN 2 .152 0 .328 .188 0 .516
Player Stats
Season Series
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
Detroit J. McCann .260 13 .841
Minnesota B. Dozier .356 26 1.071
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
Detroit N. Castellanos 3 12 8
Minnesota B. Dozier 5 21 10
Pitching ERA Avg K
Detroit 6.57 .258 137
Minnesota 4.64 .281 139
Season
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
Detroit N. Castellanos .273 167 .813
Minnesota J. Mauer .305 159 .800
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
Detroit N. Castellanos 26 73 101
Minnesota B. Dozier 34 105 93
Pitching ERA Avg K
Detroit 5.38 .259 1191
Minnesota 4.62 .260 1160