twinsLogo.jpgThe Tigers are visiting Target Field for the second time this season and, just like on May 3, they enter play just a half-game behind the Twins. Three days later Detroit was 3.5 games back. Bygones.

Among the many differences between the Tigers of May and the Tigers of late June — an overhauled rotation, a new second baseman, a new shortstop — is that today’s Tigers also must contend with a surging White Sox club. Depending how this series and the Sox’s series against the Royals pan out, the Tigers could be in first, second or third.

In some ways, these two teams are fairly even. In others — oh, the defense — the Twins are superior.

    Team Hitting

  • Tigers: .272 (6th overall)
  • Twins: .270 (7th)

    Home Runs

  • Tigers: 67 (15th overall)
  • Twins: 63 (18th)

    Team ERA

  • Tigers: 4.25 ERA (19th overall)
  • Twins: 3.89 ERA (8th)

    Team Defense

  • Tigers: .981 Fielding Pct. (22nd overall)
  • Twins: .990 (Tied 1st)

Head to Head

  • 2010 Record: 2-4
  • 2010 at Home: 2-1
  • 2010 at Minnesota: 0-3
  • All-Time Record: 1,034-962-17
  • All-Time at Home: 551-449-8
  • All-Time at Comerica Park: 43-49
  • All-Time at Minnesota: 483-513-9

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Monday

Jeremy Bonderman (3-5, 4.20 ERA) vs. LHP Francisco Liriano (6-5, 3.11 ERA)

Tuesday

Armando Galarraga (3-1, 3.68 ERA) vs.
RHP Nick Blackburn (6-5, 6.10 ERA)

Wednesday

Andy Oliver vs.
RHP Kevin Slowey (7-5, 4.97 ERA)

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Batting Leaders

  • Average: Justin Morneau – .346
  • Home Runs: Morneau – 15
  • RBI: Morneau – 49
  • Runs: Morneau – 47
  • OPS: Morneau – 1.057

Pitching Leaders

  • Wins: Carl Pavano – 9
  • Strikeouts: Francisco Liriano – 3.11
  • Save: Jon Rauch – 17
  • WHIP: Pavano – 1.03
  • ERA: Liriano – 3.11

Who’s Hot (June)

  • Morneau – .409
  • Jason Kubel – .333
  • Nick Punto – .300

Who’s Not (June)

  • Michael Cuddyer – .143
  • Delmon Young – .174
  • Denard Span – .200