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Game 117 Preview: Tigers at Twins

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BOSTON, MA - AUGUST 03:  Brian Duensing #52 of the Minnesota Twins pitches against the Boston Red Sox during the game on August 3, 2012 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - AUGUST 03: Brian Duensing #52 of the Minnesota Twins pitches against the Boston Red Sox during the game on August 3, 2012 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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Detroit Tigers (61-55) at Minnesota Twins (50-65)

Time/Place: 8:00 p.m., Target Field

SB Nation Blog: Twinkie Town

Media: Fox Sports Detroit, MLB.TV, Tigers Radio Network

Pitching Matchup: Doug Fister (6-7, 3.48 ERA) vs. LHP Brian Duensing (2-7, 4.46 ERA)

For some reason, I feel like Duensing speaks similar to how Rogo portray's Jeremy Bonderman (example here). Maybe it's this picture. Maybe it's the fact that he went to Nebraska. Maybe I just need a day off. Regardless, this will be Duensing's 8th start this year. In his previous seven, he is 1-5 with a 6.12 ERA and is allowing a .918 OPS to opposing hitters. He has a 4.45 ERA against the Tigers in 64 2/3 career innings.

Fister's last outing was his shortest since the All-Star Break, and he still pitched into the 7th inning. Stats update: Fister is still 4-1 with a 1.79 ERA since the break and has struck out 41 hitters to just 6 walks. He's pretty good at baseball and probably will continue to be good at baseball tonight. If other Tigers decide to be good at baseball too, this could be an enjoyable game to watch.

Outlook

It would probably be a good idea for the Tigers to score more runs than the Twins today. If they don't, they will have a hard time coming away with a victory. Also, it's Shark Week so I can't blame you if you'd rather watch that.

Prediction

Gene Lamont does something to make you curse at your television, to which your wife/husband/significant other/parent/dog responds by asking what the heck is the matter with you.