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DETROIT TIGERS (72-81) vs. MINNESOTA TWINS (78-75)

RHP Alfredo Simon (13-10, 5.21) vs. RHP Tyler Duffey (4-1, 3.15)
Saturday, September 26, 2015 at 7:08 p.m.
Comerica Park, Detroit, MI

RECENT RESULTS: The Tigers picked up their third straight win with a  6-4 victory over the Twins on Friday night at Comerica Park. With the game tied 4-4 in the bottom of the eighth, Rajai Davis put Detroit in front with a two-run home run. David finished the game with a pair of hits, while Nick Castellanos added three hits, including two doubles, and scored two runs. J.D. Martinez also added two hits in the win and Victor Martinez was 1×4 with a double and two RBI. Alex Wilson picked up the win after throwing a scoreless inning, while Neftali Feliz worked a perfect ninth for his ninth save. The Tigers and Twins play game two of their three-game series tonight. Following this weekend’s series, the Tigers close the 2015 season with a six-game road trip, which includes three games at Texas (September 28-30) and three games at the White Sox (October 2-4).

RAJAI CONTINUES TO RAKE: Rajai Davis went 2×4 with a go-deah, two-run home run in the eighth inning of last night’s game. The home run for Davis was his eighth of the season, tying his career high. Davis has hit safely in nine of his last 11 games with an at bat and is batting .381 (16×42) with 10 runs scored, three triples, four home runs and 11 RBI.

NICK AT NITE: Nick Castellanos went 3×4 with two runs scored and two doubles in last night’s game to extend his hitting streak to five games. Over his last five games, Castellanos is batting .474 (9×19) with two runs scored, three doubles and two RBI.

QUALITY WORK FROM BOYD: Matt Boyd tossed his fourth quality start of the season last night, allowing four runs, two earned, on one hit with four walks and four strikeouts in 6.0 innings. All four of Boyd’s quality starts have come at Comerica Park. In his five starts at Comerica Park, Boyd has a 1-1 record with a 3.30 ERA (30.0IP/11ER) and 20 strikeouts.

FELIZ PUTTING UP ZEROS: Neftali Feliz worked a perfect ninth inning last night to notch his ninth save of the season. Feliz has allowed just one run over his last seven appearances. During the seven-outing stretch, Feliz has a 1.00 ERA (9.0IP/1ER) with four hits allowed, one walk and seven strikeouts.

TWO FOR THE PRICE OF ONE: The Tigers turned two double plays in last night’s game, marking the 42nd time this season they have turned multiple double plays in a game. Detroit has turned 156 double plays this season, which ranks second in the American League, trailing only the Texas Rangers (162).

GOSE ON TARGET VS. THE TWINS: Anthony Gose has had success against the Twins this season. In 14 games vs. Minnesota, Gose is hitting .404 (21×52) with 12 runs scored, four doubles, two triples and five RBI. Gose’s .404 batting average is the fifth best against the Twins this season.

TONIGHT’S TIDBITS
  • The Detroit Tigers Foundation 50/50 Charity Raffle continues at Comerica Park this weekend. This weekend, the raffle will happen on Friday and Saturday. The partner charity for this weekend’s 50/50 raffle is Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund (JDRF). JDRF is the leading global organization focused on Type 1 Diabetes research.
  • Verlander’s Victory for Veterans: Every Saturday home game, Justin Verlander hosts Veterans from Veterans Affairs Medical Centers throughout the state of Michigan. Veterans along with their families cheer on the Tigers from the comfort of his personal luxury suite, receive a t-shirt, and personalized welcome letter.
  • The first 10,000 fans will receive a 2016 magnet schedule, courtesy of Dunkin Donuts.
  • The ceremonial first pitches will be thrown by James Cavellier, representing Comerica Bank and Tigers fans Cindy Micoff and Rod Gillespie.
  • The national anthem will be performed by the Lake Orion High School Chorale, winners of the Comerica Bank Stars Spangled Choir National Anthem contest.
  • Saturday Night Fireworks, presented by Pepsi, will follow the game, weather permitting.
  • Upon exit, Dunkin Donut coupons will be distributed at all gates.
TIGERS AT A GLANCE

Record: 71-82 / Streak: W3
Game #154 / Home #80
Home: 38-41 / Road 34-40

TIGERS VS. TWINS

2015 Record: 11-6
2015 at Home: 6-1
2015 at Minnesota: 5-5
All-Time Record: 1,096-1,003-17
All-Time at Home: 583-468-8
All-Time at Comerica Park: 75-68
All-Time at Minnesota: 513-535-9

2015 GAME LOG
Date Site Result Winner/Loser/Save
4/6 DET W, 4-0 Price/Hughes/Nathan
4/8 DET W, 11-0 Sanchez/Nolasco
4/9 DET W, 7-1 Greene/Gibson
4/27 MIN W, 5-4 Price/Milone/Soria
4/28 MIN L, 3-2 Pelfrey/Sanchez/Perkins
4/29 MIN W, 10-7 Gorzelanny/Fien/Soria
5/12 DET W, 2-1 (10) Nesbitt/Pressly
5/13 DET L, 6-2 Nolasco/Lobstein
5/14 DET W, 13-1 Sanchez/Pelfrey
7/9 MIN W, 4-2 Price/Pelfrey/Soria
7/10 MIN L, 8-6 May/Soria
7/11 MIN L, 9-5 Hughes/Simon
7/12 MIN L, 7-1 Gibson/Greene
9/14 MIN L, 7-1 Duffey/Lobstein
9/15 MIN W, 5-4 Simon/Hughes/Rondon
9/16 MIN W, 7-4 (12) Krol/Duensing
9/25 DET W, 6-4 Wilson/Perkins/Feliz
9/26 DET
9/27 DET
STREAKS

Last five games: 3-2
Last 10 games: 7-3
Last 15 games: 8-7
Last 20 games: 11-9

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This content was originally published on September 26, 2015. It was delivered electronically to specific media contacts and the entire Detroit Tigers front office staff, as well as being available to media in the press box and distributed to fans at program stands around Comerica Park.

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