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  W: S. Gonsalves (1-2)   L: S. Turnbull (0-1)
10:10 AM PT11:10 AM MT12:10 PM CT1:10 PM ET13:10 ET17:10 GMT1:10 10:10 AM MST12:10 PM EST12:40 PM VEN21:10 UAE12:10 PM CT, September 19, 2018
Comerica Park, Detroit, Michigan  Attendance: 19,296

Young pitchers get nods for Twins, Tigers

According to STATS
According to STATS

Minnesota Twins at Detroit Tigers

  1. The Twins won the getaway game in Kansas City to avoid the four-game sweep. The 49 hits the Twins piled up was their most in a four-game series this season. However, their 34 left on base also tied a season high.
  2. Ehire Adrianza has been the Twins primary third baseman since the start of September. His nine runs batted in September lead the team. Adrianza is slugging .629 in 35 at-bats against Detroit this season.
  3. The Tigers two wins against the Indians, sandwiched around a 15-0 loss, were their first wins in Cleveland in more than a year (July 9, 2017). Detroit has a team on-base percentage of .301, currently the sixth-lowest in franchise history.
  4. Jeimer Candelario has five multi-hit games, 10 runs scored and six extra-base hits in his last 10 games. Detroit is 18-10 (.643) when Candelario has multiple hits in a game this season.
  5. In his last outing, a 5-4 loss to Houston, Jordan Zimmermann reached 100 strikeouts in a season for the seventh time in his career. Since July 1, Zimmermann has allowed 19 home runs, tied for the second most in baseball.
  6. The season series between Detroit and Minnesota sits at 7-6 after the Twins took three of four from the Tigers in Minneapolis in August. Minnesota hit 13 home runs over those four games, the most the Twins have hit in a four-game series since 1964.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/17/2018 thru 9/19/2018

Spencer Turnbull and Stephen Gonsalves spent most of the season moving their way through the minor league chain. With the season winding down, those young pitchers are scheduled to oppose each other at the highest level.

They will take the mound in a Wednesday matinee at Detroit's Comerica Park as the Tigers and Minnesota Twins close out a three-game series.

Turnbull, a 26-year-old right-hander, made his major league debut at Cleveland on Friday when he pitched an inning of scoreless relief. That was a new experience in more ways than one for Turnbull, who started all 90 of career minor league appearances.

Turnbull admitted he was a bundle of nerves during that outing. His right hand was shaking when he returned to the dugout.

"I didn't realize I was shaking that bad," Turnbull told the Detroit News. "I was pretty nervous before my first start in Triple-A, but there were like four times as many people here. This was the most nervous I've been by far."

Turnbull threw mainly fastballs during his spotless 11-pitch stint.

"My only thought in the bullpen was, just make sure I was as ready as I can be," Turnbull said. "I knew I was going to be nervous. I just wanted to make sure I kept my breathing as slow as possible when I took the mound. I took one long look around, took a deep breath and just tried to throw it right down the middle."

Turnbull pitched at four different levels this season before his call-up. He spent most of the year at Double-A Erie, where he posted a 4-7 record and 4.47 ERA in 19 starts. He made two starts for Triple-A Toledo, going 1-1 with a 2.03 ERA.

The Tigers, who have lost the first two games of the series, believe Turnbull could stick at the major league level next season.

"We've always said, this guy has some of the best stuff in this organization," manager Ron Gardenhire said.

Gonsalves, 24, has struggled to find his footing in the majors since his call-up last month. He gave up 16 earned runs in 12 1/3 innings in four starts before a much-improved performance in relief Thursday. He held Kansas City hitless and only allowed an unearned run in three innings despite control issues, as he walked four batters.

"My changeup wasn't there for the most part," he told MLB.com. "When your best pitch isn't there, you are kind of looking around and waiting for something to pop up."

Gonsalves (0-2, 9.39 ERA) is considered the organization's top pitching prospect. The left-hander had four strong starts in Double A before getting promoted to Triple-A Rochester, where he posted a 9-3 record and 2.96 ERA in 19 outings (18 starts).

The Twins may elect to start a reliever and bring in Gonsalves early in the game as they did Monday, when Kohl Stewart entered in the second and pitched the next six innings.

Minnesota could be without left fielder Eddie Rosario the rest of the season after he aggravated a quad injury in Monday's opener.

Detroit has a new injury concern in third baseman Jeimer Candelario. He left Tuesday's game early.

"His lower back tightened up on him," Gardenhire said. "He took a swing and felt it. He stayed in the ballgame, said he was fine, and again, the last at-bat, same thing. So we got him out of the ballgame. He's going to get checked out in the morning. Might be a couple days here. That would be the best case scenario."

Updated September 19, 2018

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