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Probable Pitchers

Minnesota Twins @ Detroit Tigers

, Comerica Park
Scott Diamond, LHP
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    Scott Diamond, last 3 starts
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    Scott Diamond, regular season
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    Scott Diamond, last 5 years vs. DET
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Diamond, who tossed seven scoreless frames against the Red Sox on May 7, couldn't replicate his success and scuffled through 4 1/3 innings vs. Boston on Saturday. He tied a season high by surrendering six runs on eight hits.

Rick Porcello, RHP
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    Rick Porcello, last 3 starts
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    Rick Porcello, regular season
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    Rick Porcello, last 5 years vs. MIN
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Porcello is 2-0 with a 3.24 ERA in his last four starts after beating the Rangers on Friday night. He allowed one run in 5 2/3 innings while displaying an excellent sinker. He is 6-5 with a 3.35 ERA in 16 career starts against the Twins.

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Minnesota Twins @ Detroit Tigers

, Comerica Park
Samuel Deduno, RHP
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    Samuel Deduno, last 3 starts
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    Samuel Deduno, last 5 years vs. DET
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Deduno will be recalled from Triple-A Rochester to make his first start of the season on Friday after posting a 2.70 ERA in three starts in the Minors. He started the season with a strained groin suffered in the World Baseball Classic.

Anibal Sanchez, RHP
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    Anibal Sanchez, last 3 starts
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    Anibal Sanchez, regular season
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    Anibal Sanchez, last 5 years vs. MIN
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Sanchez was roughed up in a loss to the Rangers on Saturday, giving up six runs on nine hits in 2 2/3 innings -- the third-shortest start of his career. He's 0-2 with a 3.57 ERA in four career starts against the Twins.

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Minnesota Twins @ Detroit Tigers

, Comerica Park
P.J. Walters, RHP
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    P.J. Walters, last 3 starts
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    P.J. Walters, last 5 years vs. DET
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Walters will make his season debut on Saturday vs. the Tigers, as he'll be officially be recalled from Triple-A before the game. The righty fared well in nine starts with Rochester, posting a 3.31 ERA with 46 strikeouts and 16 walks in 54 1/3 frames.

Doug Fister, RHP
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    Doug Fister, last 5 years vs. MIN
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Fister gave up five runs on nine hits, both tied for season highs, in just 4 2/3 innings of a no-decision to the Rangers on Sunday. After going 4-0 with a 2.38 ERA in April, he's 1-1 with a 5.66 ERA in May.

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Minnesota Twins @ Detroit Tigers

, Comerica Park
Mike Pelfrey, RHP
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    Mike Pelfrey, last 5 years vs. DET
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Pelfrey lasted just two innings against the Braves on Tuesday because of a 76-minute rain delay. The right-hander gave up two runs on four hits and a walk with one strikeout. He threw only 38 pitches, but he'll stay on normal rest.

Max Scherzer, RHP
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    Max Scherzer, last 5 years vs. MIN
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Scherzer recovered from a first-inning run to retire the final 22 batters he faced in his last start vs. the Indians, striking out seven of the last 12. A change in pitch sequences and a better changeup helped him dominate in the final seven innings.

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Pittsburgh Pirates @ Detroit Tigers

, Comerica Park
Francisco Liriano, LHP
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    Francisco Liriano, last 5 years vs. DET
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The lefty's sensational Pirates beginnings get a major test in Detroit, where the former AL Central rival has a lifetime 6.18 ERA in 11 games. The Bucs expect to again see the Liriano who has a 25-6 K-W ratio in 18 innings.

Justin Verlander, RHP
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    Justin Verlander, last 3 starts
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    Justin Verlander, last 5 years vs. PIT
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Verlander called his last outing a step in the right direction, though five Cleveland runs bumped his ERA up again. He tossed two complete-game victories against the Pirates last year, including a no-hit bid in Detroit.

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