Minnesota (59-86) at Detroit (83-62)

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  • Game info: 1:05 pm EDT Sun Sep 11, 2011
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Doug Fister’s(notes) performance on the mound over the last two weeks has helped the Detroit Tigers build a sizable lead in the AL Central.

The right-hander looks to continue his recent success and help the Tigers extend their season-high winning streak to nine games Sunday against the Minnesota Twins.

Fister (7-13, 3.17 ERA) went 3-12 with a 3.33 ERA and received an average 1.97 runs of support in 21 starts with Seattle, but is 4-1 with a 2.67 ERA in seven starts since Detroit (83-62) acquired him at the trade deadline. He’s received an average 4.67 runs of support with Tigers, who have won 18 of 22 to build a 9 1/2-game division lead.

Fister has certainly had a hand in his team’s success during that stretch, going 3-0 with a 0.91 ERA in his last four starts while striking out 31 in 29 2-3 innings.

“Part of my game is just making the hitter think, and thinking about different pitches that could possibly be thrown,” Fister told the Tigers’ official website. “I still take the mentality of going out there and getting quick contact and using my defense.”

He gave up two runs and four hits while fanning a career-high 13 in eight innings of a 4-2 win at Cleveland on Monday.

“That’s the best I’ve seen Fister,” Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. “That’s why we wanted him.”

Fister has lost all four of his career starts against the Twins despite a respectable 4.10 ERA. He allowed four runs in 6 2-3 innings of a 4-2 loss at Minnesota on May 24.

Brandon Inge’s(notes) solo homer with two outs in the ninth gave the Tigers a 3-2 victory over the Twins (59-86) on Saturday, and put them in position for a weekend series sweep. Winners in 13 of 17 games against Minnesota this season, Detroit has not won nine straight overall since May 14-24, 1984 - the last year it won a World Series.

Though Inge’s season average remains a paltry .194, he is 10 for 33 with two homers since spending a month in the minors.

“Ever since I’ve gotten back from Toledo, my swing might look a little weird, but I’m just trying to hit everything hard,” Inge said.

Teammate Victor Martinez(notes) is 12 for 28 with 13 RBIs in his last seven games, and is batting .412 with 20 RBIs in 17 games versus Minnesota in 2011.

The Tigers get their second look at Minnesota starter Scott Diamond(notes) (1-3, 4.56), who allowed five runs and 10 hits in 6 1-3 innings of an 8-1 loss to Detroit on Aug. 26.

The left-hander gave up two runs in five innings Monday but suffered the loss as the Twins mustered one hit off rookie Zach Stewart(notes) in a 4-0 defeat to Chicago.

Joe Mauer(notes) hit only his third home run of the season Saturday for the Twins, who have lost seven of eight. The 2009 AL MVP is batting a career-low .292 and has just 30 RBIs during a season where injuries have limited him to 79 games.

Mauer is 6 for 15 in his last four games versus Detroit, but 0 for 8 against Fister.

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Starting Pitchers

S. Diamond Min vs. D. Fister Was
1-5 Record 11-13
5.08 ERA 2.83
19 K 146
17 BB 37
1.74 WHIP 1.06

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