The Tigers send their ace to the mound in the opening game of a crucial AL Central series at Comerica Park.

Minnesota Twins at Detroit Tigers

Minnesota will be happy to leave Toronto and AL East opponents, dropping to 9-15 against the division with a 8-1 loss to the Blue Jays last night.  “We know they are a home run hitting team and you have to make pitches,” manager Ron Gardenhire said.  “We didn’t make very many of them tonight.”  The Twins continue their road trip and hope to improve upon its 19-10 divisional record (+440) against the Tigers.  First baseman Justin Morneau hopes to return to the lineup after sitting out with a mild concussion due to getting kneed in the head on Wednesday night.  “He wasn’t feeling very good. We’ll see how he does today,” Gardenhire said.  The club has seen its games post a 5-1 O/U mark this month and 32-22 O/U the last three years in July.

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Two of the league’s best fireballers take to the mound at Target Field in the series finale.

Colorado Rockies at Minnesota Twins

Colorado has dropped two straight games and eight of 13 to fall five games behind in the NL West, while also falling to an even 23-23 against right-handed pitchers.  “If I had an answer, I’d be much more definitive, but I don’t,” manager Jim Tracy said.  “But I can tell you there is an element of frustration because we’re a club that is still playing baseball a game over .500.”  Despite last night’s 2-1 defeat, the Rockies have the best winning percentage in interleague play among National League teams since 2006.  Colorado fanned 12 times against Minnesota SP Scott Baker, as they rank fifth in the NL in strikeouts.  A bigger problem is a .215 team batting average with 59 strikeouts with two out and runners in scoring position.

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Today we spotlight a great matchup in each league before the focus turns to interleague baseball this weekend.

Minnesota Twins at Boston Red Sox

Minnesota is 2-4 on its current road trip, after dropping Wednesday night’s game, 3-2, to the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.  The Twins now have a 6-7 record against the American League East, their only losing record against a division this season (15-8 vs. Central, 3-1 vs. West).  Ending the current road trip in winning fashion may prove difficult, with the team now having lost six straight games at Fenway Park to the Red Sox.   However, they do find themselves in a favorable position on Thursday, facing a left-handed starter.  The Twins are 9-3 (+620) versus southpaws during the 2010 season and the opposing starter has yet to pick up a career win against them in his career.  Minnesota is batting .295 overall against left-handers – good for second in the majors to only the New York Yankees.  C Joe Mauer (.390) and Justin Morneau (.382) lead the way in that category.

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Yesterday we looked at five pitchers who were much better at the betting window than the average baseball fan probably thinks that they are, so it only makes sense that we look at the other extreme today. Here are five guys who the public are probably fond of, but who are burning up money at astounding rates.

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