Thursday, April 9, 2015

Greene set for debut as Tigers seek sweep of Twins

Rain is in the forecast, but if it holds off, Twins right-hander Kyle Gibson and Tigers righty Shane Greene are set to square off in the series finale on Thursday afternoon at Comerica Park. It marks Greene's debut with Detroit after being acquired from the Yankees in a three-team trade in the offseason. The Twins are also still looking for their first run of 2015, as they became the first American League team to be shut out in back-to-back games to open a season since the 1977 Mariners. Minnesota did not have a runner reach third base in the first two games of this set.
Three things to know about this game
• Greene, who made 15 starts with the Yankees as a rookie last year, has never pitched against Minnesota. The only current Twins player he's faced is Torii Hunter, who went 1-for-4 against Greene last year when he was with the Tigers.
• Gibson is coming off his first full season in the rotation that saw him go through his ups and downs. Gibson posted a 4.47 ERA on the season, but he had a 1.42 ERA in his 13 wins and an 11.04 ERA in his 12 losses. So he's working to be more consistent this season, and is looking to mix in his changeup more as well.
• Gibson is familiar with the Tigers, making six starts against them last year, going 2-3 with a 6.00 ERA. Several Detroit hitters have had success against Gibson, including Miguel Cabrera (5-for-11 with a homer and a double), and Ian Kinsler (6-for-14 with a homer).

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