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Minnesota at Detroit

Venue: Comerica Park

After Joe Mauer's single saved them from being no-hit, the Minnesota Twins aren't likely to have it much easier against Doug Fister at Comerica Park.

The free-falling Twins will try to avoid their 11th straight defeat Saturday when Fister looks to continue his outstanding pitching at home for the Detroit Tigers.

Anibal Sanchez took a no-hitter into the ninth inning Friday before Mauer broke it up with a one-out single. That was the only hit the right-hander allowed in the Tigers' 6-0 victory.

"In the end, it's the result of my work. I try to figure out, to put my ball in the strike zone," Sanchez said. "It's a nice result, and I take it."

Behind Sanchez and a red-hot offense, Detroit (27-19) won its fourth in a row and leapfrogged Cleveland to reclaim first place in the AL Central.

The Tigers now look to take the first three in this four-game series with Fister (5-1, 3.62 ERA) on the mound.

While Fister has given up 10 runs and 17 hits over 7 2-3 innings in his last two road starts, he's 9-1 with a 2.94 ERA at home dating back to July, and has a 3.00 ERA while winning each of his four starts there this season.

The right-hander is 3-6 with a 3.13 ERA lifetime against Minnesota (18-27), though he hasn't given up an earned run over 17 innings in consecutive victories. He struck out seven and scattered seven hits in a complete-game 8-0 victory over the Twins at Comerica Park on Sept. 22.

This time, Fister faces a Minnesota team that has totaled 28 runs while hitting .219 during its longest skid since an 11-game slide Sept. 9-21, 2011.

"The ball isn't bouncing our way very well," Mauer said. "You just have to stay positive."

Mauer has been a bright spot, hitting .418 over his last 16 games, though he's 4 for 23 (.174) against Fister.

The All-Star catcher hasn't been able to get the most out of the Twins' starters, who have an 8.16 ERA while allowing 80 hits - including 12 homers - in 46 1-3 innings during the losing streak.

Scheduled starter P.J. Walters hopes to end that troubling trend as he makes his first major league appearance since September.

The right-hander went 2-5 with a 5.69 ERA in 12 starts last season, and he's 1-1 with a 3.09 ERA in four career outings against the Tigers.

Walters, who had a 3.31 ERA over 54 1-3 innings in nine starts at Triple-A Rochester this season, allowed two runs and four hits over five innings in a 6-4 loss to the Tigers in his last big league start Sept. 29.

Prince Fielder took Walters deep in that meeting and has five hits, including a pair of homers, in eight career at-bats in this matchup.

Andy Dirks is 7 for 17 with a homer in his last four games and may be able to stay hot since he's 3 for 7 with a home run off Walters.

Miguel Cabrera extended his hitting streak to 10 games with two-run single in the second inning Friday. The reigning AL MVP is 10 for 19 with six homers and 15 RBIs over his last five games. He leads the majors with a .388 average and 57 RBIs.

The Tigers are hitting .345 with 29 runs during their four-game winning streak, one shy of a season high.

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Probable Starters

P.J. Walters, RHP
2013 stats
0.0 Innings Pitched 54.2
0-0 Wins-Losses 5-1
--- Earned Run Average 3.62
0 Walks 9
0 Strikeouts 43
0.0 Pitches Per Start 102
Career vs. opponent
25.1 Innings Pitched 60.1
1-1 Wins-Losses 3-6
3.20 Earned Run Average 3.13

Doug Fister, RHP
weather image  Sunny. Mild.
Hi TempLo TempWindHumidityPrecip %
TeamStandingsWLPct.GBL 10Strk
Minnesota5th AL Central4149.45610 ½ 4-6 W 2
Detroit1st AL Central5037.575-6-4 W 2
vs Doug Fister
vs P.J. Walters

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Game Odds
Minnesota 210 Detroit -230
J. MauerOblique
R. NolascoElbow
M. PelfreyGroin
D. SantanaKnee
A. DirksBack
J. IglesiasShin
V. MartinezBack
P. McCoyHamstring
L. PutkonenElbow
B. RondonElbow
Series Game Log
Mar 31DETDET 4-3Nathan Davis 
Apr 2DETDET 2-1Alburquerque Collins 
Apr 3DETPPD   
May 2KCDET 8-2Porcello Shields 
May 3KCDET 9-2Smyly Duffy 
May 4KCDET 9-4Verlander Vargas 
Jun 16DETKC 11-8Vargas Verlander 
Jun 17DETKC 11-4Ventura Scherzer 
Jun 18DETKC 2-1Guthrie Smyly 
Jun 19DETDET 2-1Sanchez Duffy 
Jul 10KC 8:10 PM EDT  
Jul 11KC 8:10 PM EDT  
Jul 12KC 7:10 PM EDT  
Jul 13KC 2:10 PM EDT  
Sep 8DET 4:08 PM EDT  
Sep 9DET 7:08 PM EDT  
Sep 10DET 7:08 PM EDT  
Sep 19KC 8:10 PM EDT  
Sep 20KC 7:10 PM EDT  
Sep 21KC 2:10 PM EDT