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Why is Twins game postponed?

DETROIT – The Detroit Tigers' doubleheader against the Minnesota Twins on Friday at Comerica Park has been postponed due to rain. Intense and lasting rainfall throughout the morning and afternoon Friday forced the teams to cancel the first games back from the All-Star break. WDIV ClickOnDetroitDetroit Tigers doubleheader vs. Twins postponed -- here's the plan for making up both games

Robbie Grossman homers, Tigers’ relievers shine in 1-0 win over Twins

MLive.com 17 July, 2021 - 07:01pm

DETROIT -- Detroit Tigers outfielder Robbie Grossman ended the first half in a slump, but started the second part of the 2021 season with a bang.

Grossman led off the Game 1 of Saturday’s doubleheader with a 409-foot home run to left-center, leading the Tigers to a 1-0 victory over the Minnesota Twins at Comerica Park. The game was seven innings.

The Tigers (41-51) were swept by the Twins (39-51) in a four-game series just prior to the All-Star break, but started this series on a better note.

Grossman’s homer came off Twins starter Charlie Barnes, who was making his Major League debut. It was the only run allowed by Barnes in 4 2/3 innings of work.

Saturday’s game marked the first time in franchise history that the Tigers hit a home run on their first at-bat of the game and went on to win 1-0. The last time it happened in Major League Baseball was Aug. 3, 2014.

Tigers starter Jose Ureña pitched three scoreless innings before leaving with right groin tightness.

Reliever Daniel Norris retired the side in order in the fourth and fifth, striking out two. Kyle Funkhouser pitched struck out the side in a 1-2-3 sixth.

Tigers’ relievers, who were beaten up in the Twins’ series last week, retired all 12 batters they faced on Saturday.

Former Tigers reliever Beau Burrows, who last pitched in the big leagues on June 12, made his debut as a member of the Twins in relief of Barnes. Burrows was claimed by the Twins last month after the Tigers designated him for assignment.

Up next: The Tigers and Twins meet for Game 2 of the doubleheader at 6:10 p.m. Tigers left-hander Tyler Alexander (1-1, 4.31 ERA) will face Twins right-hander Kenta Maeda (4-3, 4.66).

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Minnesota Twins at Detroit Tigers Game 1 odds, picks and prediction

USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire 17 July, 2021 - 07:01pm

The Minnesota Twins (39-50) and Detroit Tigers (40-51) start their three-game series with the first game of a seven-inning doubleheader Saturday at Comerica Park in Detroit. First pitch is scheduled for 1:10 p.m. ET. Let’s analyze BetMGM Sportsbook‘s lines around the Twins vs. Tigers odds with MLB picks and predictions.

This originally was slated to be a four-game series but Friday’s doubleheader was rained out and only one of those games will be made up this weekend.

LHP Charlie Barnes makes his MLB debut Saturday for the Twins. The 25-year-old lefty was a fourth-round pick for Minnesota in the 2017 MLB Draft.

In Triple-A this season, Barnes was 5-2 with a 3.88 ERA (58 IP, 25 ER), 1.26 WHIP, 2.9 BB/9 and 7.8 K/9 across 11 starts.

RHP Jose Urena is Detroit’s projected starter. Urena is 2-8 with a 6.43 ERA (77 IP, 55 ER), 1.69 WHIP, 4.3 BB/9 and 5.8 K/9 across 16 starts.

MLB odds courtesy of BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports for a full list. Odds last updated at 9:46 a.m. ET.

“LEAN” to the TWINS (-120) for a half unit since Urena is having an awful season with pitching peripherals as terrible as his basic numbers and Detroit’s lineup struggles against left-handed pitching.

For instance, the Tigers rank in the bottom 8 of the majors vs. lefty pitching in advanced hitting categories such as wRC+, wOBA, OPS and BB/K.

Furthermore, Urena has a 6.41 FIP against current Twins hitters with a .410 expected wOBA, .570 expected slugging percentage and 91.1 mph exit velocity.

We don’t really know what we are getting from Barnes since it’s his major league debut but you could argue that Urena should be optioned to the minor leagues based on his 2021 first-half performance.

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PASS because I don’t see any value in taking the Twins -1.5 (+135) when their starter is making his first-ever big league start, this being a seven-inning game and Minnesota having the worst run line record in MLB (34-55 ATS).

“LEAN” to the OVER 7.5 (-115) for a half unit because I prefer the Minnesota side more than the total.

However, since I don’t have much confidence in either starter, both bullpens rank in the bottom 7 of WAR and the Twins have a league-high 70.0% Over percentage in division games (28-12-3 O/U).

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Detroit Tigers starter Jose Urena leaves game with right groin tightness

Detroit Free Press 17 July, 2021 - 01:38pm

The severity of Urena's injury and timetable for his return remain unclear.

Against the Twins, Urena pitched three scoreless innings. He struck out two batters, gave up a pair of singles, did not allow a walk and induced six ground-ball outs. Considering Urena owns a 13.75 ERA across his past five starts, he was on track for his best outing since May.

Of Urena's 42 pitches, 28 went for strikes.

Urena went to the 10-day injured list May 29, retroactive to May 27, with a right forearm strain. He returned June 6 and stayed healthy until his groin injury in Saturday's game. Urena has a 6.19 ERA, 37 walks and 52 strikeouts over 80 innings (17 starts) in 2021.

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