(Sports Network) - Doug Fister hasn't lost a home start since Aug. 19 of last
year. The right-hander toes the rubber Saturday afternoon for the Detroit
Tigers against the Minnesota Twins when the teams resume a four-game series
from Comerica Park.
Fister is 4-0 with a 3.00 ERA on the bump at home this season. His winning
streak at Comerica Park goes back eight starts with a 6-0 ledger since the
Aug. 19 defeat to Baltimore.
Most recently, Fister was touched for nine hits and five runs in 4 2/3 innings
of a no-decision at Texas on Sunday. He's 3-6 with a 3.13 ERA in nine games
Right-hander P.J. Walters was recalled from Triple-A Rochester to start
today's game for the Twins in what will be his 2013 major league debut.
Walters has fashioned a 4-2 record with a 3.31 ERA in nine starts thus far for
Rochester. He went 2-5 with a 5.69 ERA in 12 starts last year for Minnesota.
Walters is 1-1 with a 3.20 ERA in five games (4 starts) in his career when
facing the Tigers.
Friday night, Anibal Sanchez was two outs away from pitching a no-hitter, but
Joe Mauer broke up the bid with a single up the middle. Sanchez fanned 12
Minnesota batters while recording his sixth career shutout, as the Detroit
Tigers blanked the Twins, 6-0, to send Minnesota to its 10th straight loss.
Sanchez (5-4), who threw 130 pitches, was trying to become the only active
pitcher to throw a no-hitter with two different teams. He walked three batters
in the one-hit performance.
The right-hander was trying to toss the eighth no-hitter in franchise history.
Justin Verlander has thrown the last two, most recently May 7, 2011 in
Toronto. It would have been the first no-hitter thrown by a Detroit player
other than Verlander since April 7, 1984 when Jack Morris did it against the
Chicago White Sox.
"He had a shot at it ... but that was just an unbelievable performance by
Sanchez," said Tigers manager Jim Leyland.
Don Kelly had a two-run homer while Miguel Cabrera and Omar Infante drove in
two runs apiece for the Tigers, who are on a four-game winning streak.
Samuel Deduno (0-1) made his season debut, allowing six runs on nine hits and
three walks over 5 1/3 innings for the Twins.
"Their guy (Sanchez) shut us down totally and had great stuff," said Twins
manager Ron Gardenhire. "The ball was moving all over the place. Our guys said
the ball was really diving, his breaking ball was really sharp. He had good
stuff and congratulations to him."
Detroit has won five of eight from the Twins this season.
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