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Tigers, Twins preview: Anibal Sanchez opens 3-game series in Minnesota.

Anibal tabbed to start opener vs. Twins.
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Things to know about this game
Sanchez has faced Minnesota 20 times (16 starts) in his career, pitching to a 5-4 record with a 3.65 ERA in 98 2/3 innings.

In 19 career starts against the Tigers, Santana has a 9-4 record with a 3.08 ERA, 110 strikeouts and 38 walks across 122 2/3 frames.
When Santana has thrown a pitch in the bottom two-thirds of the strike zone this season, according to Statcast, batters have hit just .213 against him, tied for third lowest among pitchers who have had at least 150 at-bats end in those locations. Yet when he has strayed into the upper third of the zone, his .377 average allowed is the fourth highest (min. 50 at-bats).

As of Thursday, Minnesota is 14th in the AL in ERA (4.80).
Detroit is 13th (4.77).

The Tigers havenít played the Twins since April 23. Minnesota is a half game behind the Cleveland Indians for the AL Central lead and a half game behind the New York Yankees for the second wild card spot

Anibal Sanchez allowed three home runs Sunday vs the Blue Jays after giving up just one in his first four starts this season (24 innings).
Sanchez is 5-4 with a 3.65 ERA in 20 games (16 starts) against the Twins, although he has struggled against them this season, allowing eight runs on nine hits in three innings.

Santana is tied for second in the AL in wins (11) and third in ERA (2.99).
Santana has allowed one or fewer runs in 11 starts this season.
Santana is 9-4 with a 3.08 ERA in 19 starts against Detroit. Notable Tigers against him: Ian Kinsler .324 (23 for 71, 3 HRs), Victor Martinez .324 (12 for 37, 2 HRs), Miguel Cabrera .267 (8 for 30, 1 HR).

Detroit's hottest hitter:
Outfielder Alex Presley is hitting .417 (10 for 24) with three doubles in his last nine games.

Detroit's coldest hitter:
Catcher Alex Avila is just 4 for 23 (.179) with no extra-base hits over his past eight games.

Tigers by the numbers:
Overall: 43-51
Current streak: L2
At Comerica Park: 25-21
On the road: 18-30
Day games: 21-15
Night games: 22-36
vs. AL East: 10-10
vs. AL Central: 22-18
vs. AL West: 7-17
vs. NL: 4-6

Vegas Insider says sports books favor the Twins. The consensus has the Twins at -130 and the Tigers at +120 on the money line. This means a $100 bet on the Tigers would win $120, while a $130 bet on the Twins would win $100.

End-of-season projection:
After Thursday's loss, the Tigers' final projected record by FiveThirtyEight is 76-86. The site gives Detroit a 7 percent chance of making the playoffs and a 4 percent chance of winning the division.
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