Minnesota (80-60) at Detroit (64-75)

Partly Cloudy Currently: Detroit, MI, US
Temp: 56° F
  • Game info: 7:05 pm EDT Sat Sep 11, 2004
  • TV: FSNO, WKBD
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Kyle Lohse knows he’s been the weak link in Minnesota’s rotation this season.

He’ll look to bounce back from another rough outing as the AL Central-leading Twins continue a three-game series with the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park.

Lohse allowed six runs—three earned—and seven hits over 3 2-3 innings in Sunday’s 12-3 loss to the Kansas City Royals. The 25-year-old right-hander has lost three of his last five decisions, allowing 16 runs over 13 1-3 innings in his last three starts.

“It’s obvious I’m not on top of my game right now,” Lohse said. “I’m just looking at my next start and not thinking about the past.”

Lohse is one of only two Minnesota starters with at least 10 starts to own a losing record. Terry Mulholland, who has made 11 starts, is 4-8.

“I came out spotting (my pitches) well, but I just ran into trouble in the third and fourth innings,” Lohse said. “I’m just trying to start all over and take it one start at a time from here.”

The Twins beat the Tigers 4-1 on Friday for their third straight win and eighth in 10 games. Jacque Jones drove in a pair of runs for Minnesota, which is nine games in front of second-place Chicago in the Central.

“We were a little impatient at first,” Jones said. “But we settled down and got some hits and got some men on base.”

Brandon Inge drove in the lone run for the Tigers, who have lost three of four.

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9-13 Record 7-6
5.34 ERA 5.25
111 K 81
76 BB 58
1.63 WHIP 1.48