The Twins have continued their success against Detroit this season, outscoring the Tigers 23-12 en route to a three-game sweep in Minnesota from April 12-14. Detroit’s last win in the series was on July 11, 2-0 at Minnesota.
Silva, one of Minnesota’s top starting pitchers, and first baseman Morneau were activated from the disabled list Thursday.
Silva, a 14-game winner last season, takes the mound after a knee injury put his season in doubt.
An MRI revealed a lateral meniscus tear in his right knee, and initially the Twins believed he would be out until at least after the All-Star break—if not the entire year. But examinations by two more doctors suggested the right-hander could pitch through the injury and delay surgery until after the season.
“Everything was fantastic,” Twins general manager Terry Ryan said of Silva’s start for Class A Beloit on Sunday. “He pitched well.”
Morneau, who missed time because of a concussion, will be back in his cleanup spot. The 23-year-old had 19 home runs and 58 RBIs in 280 at-bats last season.
Torii Hunter hit a two-run homer for Minnesota in the first, and Matthew LeCroy followed him with a solo shot. Hunter drove in three runs, giving him 15 this season. He is 5-for-8 with five runs in his last two games, and ranks among the major league leaders with nine steals.
Detroit lost its third straight Thursday, 4-3 to the surging Chicago White Sox.
The Tigers have been held to a total of eight runs in their losing streak after scoring 26 to win their previous three games.
Detroit outfielder Magglio Ordonez missed his ninth straight game with a suspected hernia. Tests are trying to determine the exact injury.
“We don’t know when we will hear anything,” Tigers manager Alan Trammell said. “It’s up in the air.”