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Detroit Free Press 17 July, 2021 - 07:21pm 21 views

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

Following the game, the Tigers placed Urena on the 10-day injured list. They also put utility player Niko Goodrum on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to July 15. He was scratched from Saturday's Game 1 lineup with a left calf contusion. To replace them, righty reliever Alex Lange and outfielder Victor Reyes were called up from Triple-A Toledo.

"It was just the third inning," Tigers manager AJ Hinch said Saturday about Urena's injury. "He said he did it on one pitch, and his right groin grabbed on him and was sore. Obviously, we got him out right away. ... It's unfortunate for us that it popped up. Now we're going to have to deal with it."

Before Urena's exit, the 29-year-old gave the Tigers three scoreless innings. He struck out two batters, did not allow a walk, induced six ground-ball outs and threw 28 of 42 pitches for strikes. Urena has a 6.19 ERA, 37 walks and 52 strikeouts over 80 innings (17 starts) in 2021.

Adding Manning back into the mix gives the Tigers four starters, but Mize is currently limited to three innings to protect his health in the jump from 60 games in 2020 to 162 games in 2021. Once the organization eases Mize's restrictions, Skubal could be forced to trim his workload for a handful of starts.

"Hopefully, it's not too serious," Hinch said. "I have no idea how long, but we would like to bottle up how he was performing today and have it ready for him whenever he gets back."

Sending Goodrum to the injured list stems from an in-game situation July 10, when Goodrum fouled a pitch off his left leg. By Saturday's doubleheader, Hinch didn't have a choice but to scratch his utility player.

"They told me he's got a hematoma, which is bleeding," Hinch said. "It's some bleeding in his calf, so it's made him really sore, and it's spread out, and the body hasn't absorbed it yet. He's just uncomfortable moving around. ... Hopefully, over the course of his homestand, we can get the soreness out of there and get him back up and running."

Reyes returns from Toledo to take Goodrum's spot. He has a .157 batting average, three walks and 25 strikeouts in 27 games with the Tigers this season. He returned from a left intercostal strain July 8 and was sent to the Mud Hens.

To replace Urena, the Tigers called up Lange. He has pitched 18 games in the majors this season, registering a 7.31 ERA, nine walks and 20 strikeouts over 16 innings. He recovered from a right shoulder strain July 7 and was optioned to Triple A.

For the Mariners, Vest posted a 6.17 ERA, 18 walks and 27 strikeouts over 35 innings. The Tigers assigned him to Triple-A Toledo. 

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Game 91: Twins at Tigers

Twinkie Town 17 July, 2021 - 09:10pm

How much baseball can you HAAAAAAAAAAAANDLE??? Twins fans everywhere are about to take the test. Mere hours after the conclusion of their last game, the same squads are running back out there because you just. Can’t. Get. Enough. You ravenous, dirty maniacs, you.

Kenta Maeda is about to take on Tiger lefty Tyler Alexander in brutal, hand-to-hand combat. And you’re not gonna want to miss a second of it. Are you? ANSWER ME.

Bally. Sports. North. Baseball. Violence. Right now.

Rookie yields homer to first batter as Twins lose 1-0 in Game 1 of Detroit doubleheader

Minneapolis Star Tribune 17 July, 2021 - 09:10pm

DETROIT — If Charlie Barnes turns into another Bert Blyleven, his first career loss — 1-0 to the Tigers on Saturday afternoon — will feel a lot less painful.

The Clemson lefthander, called up from Class AAA St. Paul to start Game 1 of a doubleheader at Comerica Park, left the fifth pitch of his major-league career, a 2-2 slider to Robbie Grossman, in the middle of the strike zone, and it landed inside the Twins' bullpen, 408 feet away.

Barnes thus became the first Twins rookie starter to surrender a home run to the first batter of his career since Blyleven, the Hall of Fame curveball specialist who served up a home run to the Senators' Lee Maye to open his career in 1970, 51 years ago.

Like Blyleven, Barnes didn't allow another run. Unlike Blyleven, he got no help from his own lineup, as the Twins were shut out by the Tigers for the first time in 89 meetings, dating back to July 18, 2016. The shutout, the fourth time the Twins were blanked this year and the third time in a seven-inning game, snapped Minnesota's four-game winning streak.

Barnes' debut was supplemented by another first-time Twin, righthander Beau Burrows, a former Tiger who was also called up from Class AAA St. Paul Saints. Burrows, a former first-round pick by Detroit who was claimed off waivers by the Twins in May, got four outs against his former team without allowing a run.

But it didn't matter against a toothless Twins' offense, which managed only two hits, both singles, against four Tigers pitchers.

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