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Tigers at Twins lineups: Saturday, May 26

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Bullets...hopefully blue eyed ones!

  • The only change in today's lineup is Ramon Santiago taking over for Ryan Raburn at 2nd. Considering Santiago has posted .269/.257/.526 vs. Raburn's .214/.217/.432, it's 6 of one, half dozen of the other. The only reason some fans want Santiago as the everyday 2nd baseman is he's not Raburn. But not being someone does not a starter make.
  • The Tigers haven't won consecutive games since April 17-18 against the Royals. They have another chance to get this crazy damn monkey of their back after thumping the Twins 10-6 last night.
  • Target Field brings out the best of the Tigers' offense. Friday was third time the Tigers scored 10+ runs at Target Field since it opened in 2010.
  • After Friday's game, Twins starters have a combined 6.49 ERA, the worst in MLB. They also lead all of baseball in losses with 25.
  • Yes, it's Tiger Killer Carl Pavano on the mound. But he's 2-3 with a 4.91 ERA in 2012. Overall, today's Tigers lineup is hitting .340, with a slash line of .373/.558/.930, against Pavano,
  • On May 10th, Andy Dirks was the hottest player in baseball, reaching a season high .381 BA and 1.096 OPS. He's cooled off considerably since, hitting .241 with a .661 OPS. Dirks is still hitting a more than respectable .316 and .883, but you have to wonder if AL pitchers have figured him out.
  • As Dirks cooled, Brennan Boesch warmed up. Over the past 2 weeks, Boesch is hitting.364, posting a slash line of .417/.568/.985. Boesch may have that breakout season after all.
  • Also heating up is Alex Avila, with a 1.152 OPS over the last week. It can't be emphasized enough, the Tigers need a productive Avila to in order to contend for more than just being the most disappointing team of 2012.

Baseball Reference preview

Detroit Tigers:

Quintin Berry, CF
Andy Dirks, LF
Miguel Cabrera, 3B
Prince Fielder, 1B
Delmon Young, DH
Brennan Boesch, RF
Jhonny Peralta, SS
Alex Avila, C
Ramon Santiago, 2B

Max Scherzer, P

Minnesota Twins:

Denard Span, CF
Ben Revere, RF
Joe Mauer, DH
Josh Willingham, LF
Justin Morneau, 1B
Brian Dozier, SS
Alexi Casilla, 2B
Drew Butera, C
Jamey Carroll, 3B

Carl Pavano, P