The Twins are playing their first of nine games on the road after closing out a 10-game homestand (5-5). They split their last series against the Red Sox, taking the finale 6-0 on Thursday at Target Field. Byron Buxton was 2 for 4 with two solo home runs.
The Tigers are in the midst of a six-game homestand. They won two of three against the Royals in their last series, taking the finale 9-4 on Wednesday at Comerica Park. Zack Short went 3 for 4 with a home run and three RBIs.
The Tigers have won three of four in the season series between the AL Central rivals, including a 6-4 victory in their most recent meeting on Sunday at Target Field.
Brendan White threw two scoreless innings out of the bullpen to get the win, and Jason Foley threw two scoreless innings to pick up his third save.
ON THE MOUND
Kenta Maeda (0-4, 9.00 ERA) is set for the start for Minnesota. The righty allowed 10 runs over three innings in his last start, a 12-6 road defeat against the Yankees on April 26. He was charged with the loss, yielding 11 hits while striking out two and walking two.
Left-hander Joey Wentz (1-7, 6.82 ERA) gets the ball for Detroit. His only prior start against the Twins this season was his last outing when Wentz gave up two runs over six innings in a 2-0 road defeat on Saturday. He gave up two hits and walked one while striking out nine in the loss.
AT THE PLATE
The Minnesota offense is averaging 4.3 runs per game for the season, with a slash line of .231/.310/.400. Buxton leads the team in OPS at .742.
The center fielder is slashing .210/.312/.429 with 13 home runs, 27 RBIs, and 35 runs over 58 games. Against southpaws like Wentz this season, the Twins have a .653 OPS, the second lowest in MLB.
Donovan Solano is the team’s most potent producer against left-handers with a .804 OPS in 65 at-bats. Detroit is slashing .229/.302/.365 for the season and averaging 3.8 runs per game, the third lowest in MLB.
Zach McKinstry leads the team with a .695 OPS. The second baseman has five home runs, 14 RBIs, and 29 runs scored with a slash line of .240/.330/.365.
The Tigers have a .661 OPS against righties in 2023, the second lowest in the league. With a .834 OPS over 155 at-bats, Riley Greene has been their best hitter against right-handers.
HOME AND AWAY
Minnesota is 15-19 away from home in 2023, scoring 4.2 runs per game while allowing 3.8 runs. Detroit has gone 17-19 in front of their home fans this season, averaging 4.2 runs per game while surrendering 5.2. In the last 10 meetings at Comerica Park, Detroit is 6-4 despite an average scoreline favoring Minnesota (4.3-3.4).
The Twins lead the AL Central by one game over the Guardians. The Tigers are third in the AL Central, four games behind the Twins.
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