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Detroit at Minnesota
When: 8:10 PM ET, Monday, May 21, 2018
Where: Target Field, Minneapolis, Minnesota

The Minnesota Twins have won only one of their first five full series at Target Field this season but hope to double that total when they begin a three-game set against the visiting Detroit Tigers on Monday. Minnesota, which had two series in the Gopher State abbreviated by inclement weather last month, won two of three against Houston from April 9-11 but proceeded to go 0-3-1 in its next four home sets.

The Twins salvaged the finale of their three-game series against Milwaukee on Sunday, posting a 3-1 triumph as Logan Morrison snapped a tie with a two-run single in the eighth inning. Detroit continues its seven-game road trip after losing the final three contests of its four-game set in Seattle. The Tigers were two outs away from recording a shutout victory on Sunday but went on to drop a 3-2 decision in 11 innings. Detroit failed to get on the board after a first-inning, two-run homer by John Hicks, who has notched two RBIs in four of his last nine games.

TV: 8:10 p.m. ET, FS Detroit, FS North (Minnesota)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Tigers LH Blaine Hardy (0-0, 3.38 ERA) vs. Twins RH Jose Berrios (4-4, 4.05)

Hardy will be making his second career start - and first on the road - after lasting only 4 1/3 innings against Seattle on May 13, when he gave up two runs and eight hits in a no-decision. The 31-year-old native of Washington made a relief appearance versus the Mariners in his hometown on Thursday, striking out the only batter he faced. Hardy is 1-0 with a 3.78 ERA in 17 career efforts out of the bullpen against Minnesota.

Berrios halted a string of four straight rough starts on Tuesday as he registered 10 strikeouts while allowing one run and two hits over 7 1/3 innings in a victory over St. Louis. The 23-year-old Puerto Rican has given up five runs and 13 hits in 24 1/3 frames over his last four turns at home, with four and five coming in a loss to Cincinnati on April 29. Berrios has made four starts and one relief appearance against Detroit in his career, posting a 2-1 record despite surrendering 21 runs (20 earned) on 22 hits and 13 walks in 15 1/3 innings.

WALK-OFFS

1. Hicks has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games and 20 of 26 this season.

2. Minnesota OF Byron Buxton has gone just 3-for-26 since returning from a month-long stint on the disabled list.

3. Detroit RHP Jordan Zimmermann (shoulder) is expected to throw a few bullpen sessions before making at least one rehab start next week.

PREDICTION: Twins 6, Tigers 2
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away East Central West IL
Detroit 20-26 L3 12-10 8-16 6-4 9-11 4-6 1-5
Minnesota 19-23 W1 9-11 10-12 3-10 5-2 5-5 6-6
Last Meeting
Detroit Minnesota
Date Away Home Avg HR OPS Avg HR OPS
10/1/17 DET 1 MIN 5 .194 1 .541 .273 2 .829
Player Stats
Season Series
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
Detroit N/A
Minnesota N/A
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
Detroit M. Boyd 0 0 0
Minnesota E. Adrianza 0 0 0
Pitching ERA Avg K
Detroit 0.00 .000 0
Minnesota 0.00 .000 0
Season
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
Detroit N. Castellanos .312 53 .846
Minnesota E. Rosario .293 48 .860
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
Detroit L. Martin 5 24 15
Minnesota E. Rosario 9 28 27
Pitching ERA Avg K
Detroit 4.34 .256 346
Minnesota 4.46 .242 392