Minnesota (9-14) at Detroit (15-9)

  • Game info: 1:05 pm EDT Sun Apr 30, 2006
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The Minnesota Twins are probably glad they’re not playing a four-game series against the Detroit Tigers.

The Tigers look to outscore the Twins by the largest margin ever in a three-game set when they go for a sweep at Comerica Park on Sunday.

Detroit (15-9) pounded out 23 hits in its 18-1 win over Minnesota (9-14) on Saturday—one day after beating them 9-0.

“We’re having fun right now,” Tigers outfielder Craig Monroe said. “It has been one of those things where everything goes right. It’s great to do this against a team like that.”

The Tigers’ 18 runs was the most they’ve scored in a game at Comerica Park, and the 17-run margin of victory was the biggest since a 20-3 win over Seattle on April 17, 1993.

That was the last Detroit team to finish above .500.

The Tigers have scored more runs in their last two games than they had in all seven of their other home games combined (25). The most runs they have outscored an opponent by in a three-game series is 35 set April 23-25, 1993 against the Twins, when they outscored them 45-10.

Carlos Guillen homered twice and drove in five runs on Saturday after driving in four runs the night before. He had just eight RBIs coming into series.

Magglio Ordonez went 3-for-4 with a double, a home run and two RBIs, and is 10-for-19 with six runs and four RBIs in his last five games.

Kenny Rogers looks to continue to keep the Twins off the scoreboard when he makes his sixth start of the season.

Rogers (3-2, 3.21 ERA) is 11-6 with a 2.90 ERA in 25 career starts against Minnesota, and went 1-0 with a 2.18 ERA in three starts against the Twins last season, including a six-hitter on May 14 while with Texas.

The 18-year veteran is 5-1 with a 3.08 ERA in nine career games at Comerica Park.

The Tigers have not swept an opponent at home in a three-game series since defeating Toronto Aug. 19-21, and have not swept the Twins at Comerica Park since April 26-28, 2002.

Saturday’s loss was Minnesota’s worst since a 17-0 defeat against the California Angels on April 23, 1980.

The Twins entered their series with the Tigers batting .262, but are just 13-for-65 (.200) in the two games and left a season-high 19 runners on base on Saturday.

“That was a very bad game,” Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire said. “I hate this, because we aren’t a sloppy team, but that’s how we’ve been playing.”

The Twins will send right-hander Kyle Lohse (1-1, 8.55) to the mound to try and stop the Tigers’ offense.

Lohse has allowed eight runs in two starts this season, but held Kansas City to just one run in six innings in his last start on Tuesday.

The right-hander is 7-3 with a 4.66 ERA in 15 career starts against Detroit, and is 3-1 with a 3.30 ERA in eight career starts at Comerica Park.

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Starting Pitchers

K. Lohse MIL vs. K. Rogers DET
5-10 Record 17-8
5.83 ERA 3.84
97 K 99
44 BB 62
1.53 WHIP 1.26