He's rarely looked good against the Minnesota Twins during his career.
Fister hopes to end his struggles against the Twins and help the Tigers avoid a fourth consecutive loss Tuesday night at Target Field.
Fister (6-7, 3.48 ERA) went 2-6 with a 4.75 ERA in 11 starts prior to the All-Star break, also making two trips to the disabled list with a strain in his side. Now healthy again, the right-hander is 4-1 with a 1.79 ERA in six second-half outings.
After giving up one run in each of his two previous starts, Fister allowed two in 6 1-3 innings Thursday while not factoring in the decision of a 4-3 loss to New York.
He now must try to improve on his 1-6 record and 4.36 ERA versus Minnesota. Fister has allowed 10 runs in 10 innings while losing both of his starts this season against the Twins - each at home and before the All-Star break.
Fister, 0-2 with a 4.63 ERA at Target Field, looks to help Detroit (61-55) bounce back after losing 9-3 on Monday. The Tigers, who swept a three-game set at Minnesota in May, lost for the only the third time in their last 14 games there.
"We got our butts kicked. That's the best way I can put it,'' said Tigers catcher Alex Avila, who is 0 for 6 with four strikeouts in his last two games.
Two games behind first-place Chicago in the AL Central, the Tigers have dropped three straight and five of six following a six-game winning streak.
Miguel Cabrera drove in a run and had one of Detroit's six hits Monday. He is a .400 career hitter at Target Field with 19 RBIs in 22 games.
Teammate Prince Fielder is batting .371 in 10 games at the Minneapolis park, but is 0 for 8 in his last three contests overall after he hit .455 (15 for 33) with four homers and 12 RBIs in his previous nine.
Fielder is 2 for 5 with a double against scheduled Minnesota starter Brian Duensing (2-7, 4.46). The left-hander is 2-1 with a 3.80 ERA in four home starts against the Tigers, but yielded two runs in 4 1-3 innings of a 5-1 loss at Detroit on July 4.
Duensing, 1-5 with a 6.12 ERA in seven starts overall this season, has allowed 11 runs - six earned - and 21 hits over 13 innings while going 0-1 in his last two. He gave up six runs - four earned - and 11 hits in seven innings of a 6-2 loss at Cleveland on Wednesday.
"Duensing actually deserved a little better than he got,'' manager Ron Gardenhire said. "We made misplays and didn't make plays, and it turns into a rough day for Duensing.''
Ryan Doumit and Darin Mastroianni each homered, had three hits and three RBIs Monday to help Minnesota (50-65) snap a five-game home skid and four-game overall losing streak. All-Star Joe Mauer also had three hits to raise his average to .356 in 10 games against the Tigers this season.
Mauer is 2 for 16 versus Fister.
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