Carlos Silva’s neck isn’t bothering him anymore. He probably wouldn’t say the same about his six-start winless streak.
Acquired in the offseason trade that sent left-hander Eric Milton to Philadelphia, Silva opened the season with five straight wins, but has since managed just five victories in 13 decisions.
He is 0-1 over his last six outings, including hurling six solid innings in Minnesota’s 4-3 win at Kansas City on Saturday. Silva allowed two runs and seven hits, while striking out two and walking one.
More importantly, he showed no lingering effects from a stiff neck that forced him to leave each of his previous two starts early.
Silva hasn’t won since tossing an 11-hitter in an 11-0 win over Anaheim on Aug. 3. He has allowed three earned runs or fewer in four of his last six outings, but has not been able to add to his career-high win total of 10.
The Twins took the final two games of their series in Baltimore, including Wednesday’s 9-0 victory as left-hander Johan Santana won his 10th straight decision since the All-Star break. Matt LeCroy homered during a seven-run second-inning as Minnesota improved to 6-2 in September.
The Tigers are coming off a bizarre doubleheader split with Kansas City on Thursday. Detroit was humbled 26-5 in the opener, but rebounded to win the second game 8-0 as Jeremy Bonderman pitched eight masterful innings.
Luckily for the Tigers, the doubleheader caused by Wednesday’s rainout meant they didn’t have much time to brood after the blowout loss.
“I’m just glad we can get right out there for the second game,” Tigers outfielder Rondell White said. “After a game like that, you want to be back on the field as fast as you can.”