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Minnesota Twins vs. Detroit Tigers Pick & Prediction APR 7TH 2021

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Minnesota Twins vs. Detroit Tigers Recap APR 7TH 2021

Jorge Polanco went 4-for-4 with a RBI and a run scored and Marwin Gonzalez singled in the winning run in the eighth inning as the Minnesota Twins completed a doubleheader sweep of the Detroit Tigers with a 3-2 come-from-behind victory on Friday afternoon in Minneapolis.

Gonzalez drove in catcher Willians Astudillo, who began the inning at second base, with a one-out single to center off reliever Joe Jimenez (1-3) to break a 2-2 tie. The game was a makeup of a Aug. 28 postponement at Tiger Stadium with Detroit serving as the home team and batting second.

Sergio Romo (1-1) pitched a hitless seventh to pick up the win. Trevor May struck out the side in the bottom of the eighth to garner his second save as Minnesota extended its win streak to four games.

Nelson Cruz also had two hits for Minnesota (24-16) which had won the opener, 2-0, behind back-to-back home runs by Polanco and Josh Donaldson and five shutout innings by Randy Dobnak who picked up his sixth win of the season.

Jonathan Schoop had an RBI triple and scored a run and Miguel Cabrera and Victor Reyes each had two hits for Detroit (17-19) which lost its third straight game.

Minnesota took a 1-0 lead in the third inning when Polanco singled, went to second on a single by Cruz and then scored on single by Brent Rooker, who was called up earlier on Friday when Max Kepler was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a left adductor strain. It was the first major league hit and RBI of the outfielder's career.

Detroit then took a 2-1 lead in the bottom half off with three consecutive two-out hits off reliever Sean Poppen. Reyes started the rally with a single and then scored on Schoop's triple down the right field line. Cabrera followed with an RBI single to right.

The Twins tied it up, 2-2, in the top of the seventh when reliever Gregory Soto walked both Ehire Adrianza and Donaldson to open the inning and Polanco singled to drive in Adrianza. But Jose Cisnero then came in to strike out both Miguel Sano and Cruz and got Astudillo to line out to second to end the threat.

Minnesota catcher Alex Avila left the contest in the third inning with lower back tightness.

--Field Level Media

Akil Baddoo has gotten off to a mesmerizing start in his major-league career.

It's intriguing to wonder what the Detroit Tigers rookie outfielder will do on Wednesday afternoon in the finale of a three-game series against the visiting Minnesota Twins.

Baddoo hit a home run on the first pitch of his initial major-league at-bat on Sunday and drilled a grand slam the following day in the series opener against the Twins.

After entering the contest in the late innings as a pinch-runner, Baddoo hit a game-winning single in the 10th inning of Detroit's 4-3 victory on Tuesday.

"Just be ready for the moment," Baddoo said in a postgame TV interview. "Don't let the moment get too big. Stay relaxed and just have fun and enjoy it. That's what I did."

Baddoo, selected by the Twins in the second round of the 2016 MLB Draft, had never played above Class A ball entering this season.

He was a Rule 5 selection in the 2020 draft by Detroit, even though he hadn't played in a game in nearly two years. He had Tommy John surgery in 2019 and the minor-league season was canceled last season.

"He's been looking forward to these moments his entire life. He's taking the opportunity and riding with it," Detroit manager A.J. Hinch said. "One of the things we've talked about him since day one has been his maturity and calm demeanor.

"He doesn't have a fast heart. There's so much to like about him in those moments and clearly, early in his career, he's stepping up pretty big for us."

Tigers ace Matthew Boyd (1-0) will make his second start of the season on Wednesday. He pitched in wintry conditions during the Tigers' 3-2 Opening Day victory over Cleveland and held the Indians scoreless for 5 2/3 innings. He allowed only three hits but walked four batters.

"It would have been nice to have those back," Boyd said of the walks. "We'll make adjustments and go forward."

The temperature is expected to climb near 80 degrees for his second outing. He'll look to close out the six-game homestand with another stingy performance.

"My role is to go out there and attack every single pitch," Boyd said. "Could be two pitches, could be 120, anything in between."

He's made 21 career starts against Minnesota, posting an 8-7 record and 4.60 ERA.

Boyd will be opposed by Kenta Maeda, who gave up two runs (one earned) on six hits in 4 1/3 innings at Milwaukee in his first start on Thursday. Maeda also struck out five batters en route to a no-decision.

He's 1-2 with a 4.88 ERA in four career starts against the Tigers.

Designated hitter Nelson Cruz continues to terrorize Detroit pitchers. He's got three homers in the series and 34 in his career against the Tigers, including the postseason.

Byron Buxton, who homered in the Twins' first two games this season, drilled a game-tying homer on Tuesday. Buxton has never hit more than 16 homers in a season during his career, which began in 2015.

"He's not going up there swinging aimlessly," manager Rocco Baldelli said. "He's going up there with a plan. He knows the pitches he's looking to attack and do damage with and that's exactly what he's done."

--Field Level Media

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American League

American League CentralWL PCTGBRFRA HOMEAWAY L10
Kansas City Royals96 .6000.04.24.2 7-42-26-0-4
Cleveland Indians87 .5331.03.83.5 4-14-66-0-4
Chicago White Sox89 .4712.04.84.1 3-35-65-0-5
Minnesota Twins68 .4292.54.84.4 2-54-33-0-7
Detroit Tigers610 .3753.53.45.2 3-33-73-0-7
Boston Red Sox116 .6470.05.64.0 5-56-17-0-3
Tampa Bay Rays98 .5292.04.24.8 3-46-46-0-4
Baltimore Orioles79 .4383.54.04.3 1-66-33-0-7
Toronto Blue Jays79 .4383.54.13.6 3-34-64-0-6
New York Yankees510 .3335.03.74.3 3-62-42-0-8
Seattle Mariners116 .6470.04.44.5 6-45-28-0-2
Oakland Athletics97 .5631.54.35.0 5-64-19-0-1
Los Angeles Angels86 .5711.55.45.3 5-33-35-0-5
Texas Rangers89 .4713.03.84.4 3-65-35-0-5
Houston Astros78 .4673.04.84.4 1-56-33-0-7

National League

National League CentralWL PCTGBRFRA HOMEAWAY L10
Milwaukee Brewers97 .5630.04.33.3 4-55-26-0-4
Cincinnati Reds87 .5330.56.14.5 6-32-44-0-6
St. Louis Cardinals88 .5001.05.25.2 2-46-44-0-6
Pittsburgh Pirates79 .4382.04.15.1 4-33-66-0-4
Chicago Cubs69 .4002.53.44.9 4-52-43-0-7
Philadelphia Phillies88 .5000.03.63.8 7-31-53-0-7
New York Mets74 .636- 4-13-36-0-3
Miami Marlins78 .4670.54.44.2 3-64-26-0-3
Atlanta Braves79 .4381.05.15.2 3-44-55-0-5
Washington Nationals59 .3572.03.65.2 3-52-44-0-6
Los Angeles Dodgers134 .7650.05.53.3 6-07-48-0-2
San Francisco Giants106 .6252.53.22.9 5-15-57-0-3
San Diego Padres108 .5563.53.93.3 5-65-25-0-5
Arizona Diamondbacks610 .3756.54.65.2 2-34-74-0-6
Colorado Rockies412 .2508.54.14.8 4-60-62-0-8

Last Injuries

Detroit Tigers

  • Spencer Turnbull

    Prob Wed | COVID-19 IL

    Turnbull has landed on the COVID-19 injured list, but he is expected to make his season debut against the Pirates on Wednesday.

  • Nomar Mazara

    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    Mazara has been shuttled to the 10-day injured list with a left abdominal strain, and it remains to be seen if he will return to action.

  • Miguel Cabrera

    Late April | 10-day IL

    Cabrera has hit the 10-day injured list with a mild left bicep strain, and he is not expected to be available until the end of April.

  • Rony Garcia

    Late April | 10-day IL

    Garcia has been placed on the 10-day injured list while recovering from an appendectomy, and he is not expected to be available until the latter part of April.

  • Julio Teheran

    Out indefinitely | 60-day IL

    Teheran has been transferred to the 60-day injured list with a right shoulder strain, and it is unknown when he will return to the mound.

Minnesota Twins

  • Kyle Garlick

    Out indefinitely | COVID-19 IL

    Garlick has tested positive for COVID-19, and will be out of action for an undetermined length of time.

  • Max Kepler

    Out indefinitely | COVID-19 IL

    Kepler has been designated for the COVID-19 injured list, and team officials have yet to provide an exact return date.

  • Caleb Thielbar

    Out indefinitely | COVID-19 IL

    Thielbar has been assigned to the COVID-19 injured list, and there is no timetable for return.

  • Brent Rooker

    Prob Tues | probable

    Rooker has been activated from the 10-day injured list after recovering from a neck injury, and he is likely to play against the Athletics on Tuesday

  • Byron Buxton

    Prob Tues | probable

    Buxton has missed the last three games due to a tight hamstring, but he is expected to take the field Tuesday versus the Athletics.

  • Andrelton Simmons

    Out indefinitely | COVID-19 IL

    Simmons is on the COVID-19 injured list, and it is up in the air if he will return to the lineup.

  • Josh Donaldson

    Prob Wed | 10-day IL

    Donaldson has been designated for the 10-day injured list with a mild right hamstring strain, but it is anticipated that he will be activated prior to Wednesday's tilt with the Red Sox.

  • Nelson Cruz

    Ques Wed | questionable

    Cruz missed the last game with an illness, and it is unknown if he will be available for Wednesday's clash with the Red Sox.