In case you missed yesterday’s postgame, Anibal Sanchez has gone on the 15-day disabled list with a middle finger laceration, and his spot on the roster has been taken by Justin Miller. Alex Avila is also off of day-to-day status and back in the lineup.
Well today is Sunday, and that means Justin Verlander is pitching, with the Sunday Lineup behind him. It is also the rubber game of the series with the now 2nd place Minnesota Twins, who would pull to within percentage points of tying Detroit for 1st with a win.
Not that the Twins should scare Justin–he has won 9 straight against Minnesota, and has never lost at Target, despite that Mauer guy who has Verlander figured out to the tune of .371 lifetime. All eyes will be on the pitch counter today, what with the bullpenalooza fun this season.
Minnesota sends out Kyle Gibson (3-1, 3.63) who has never faced anyone in the Tiger lineup. I’ll go with Hunter to stay hot. I was going to pick Cabrera until I saw him at DH.
In case your attention begins to wander with the bottom of the Sunday lineup at the plate, you might want to check out this interesting New York Times study on the boundaries of baseball fandom. They have mapped fan preferences by zip codes using Facebook data, and have been able to determine pretty clearly the geographical point at which, say, one is a Yankee fan rather than a Red Sox fan. If you enlarge the interactive map and mouse over it will give you fan breakdown by county.
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