Can Carl Pavano make it 5-0 vs the Tabbies?

Posted on September 19th, 2009 – 12:38 PM
By La Velle

Does Carl Pavano have any more spells left to cast over Detroit hitters. It would be pretty impressive if he could go 5-0 against the Tigers in one season.

He enters today’s game on a run of five straight quality starts. (At least six innings, no more than three runs given up).

Relatively new Tiger Aubrey Huff is batting .294 against Pavano with a homer and 4 RBI.

Big crowd expected here today. The Twins print an attendance estimate on the back of the lineup sheet. Their estimate for today was 36,000.

But I just got off the phone with Twins president Dave St. Peter, who indicated that there’s been a late spike in ticket demands. The Twins now expect to approach 42,000 today, which means it could get a little loud in here.

St. Peter, while being grilled by KSTP’s Patrick Reusse this morning, said it looks like Target Field will hold about 39,800 seats but standing room only tickets could push a full house attendance to around 41,000. A final seat total will be known by the end of the year.

Not only would the Twins move within two games of Detroit with a win, it would be a season-long six-game winning streak and their high water mark for the year.

Lineups

Tigers (78-69)

1. Curtis Granderson, CF
2. Placido Polanco, 2B
3. Carlos Guillen, LF
4. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
5. Aubrey Huff, DH
6. Magglio Ordonez, RF
7. Brando Inge, 3B
8. Gerald Laird, C
9. Adam Everett, SS

Pitching: Justin Verlander, RHP

Twins (75-72)

1. Denard Span, CF
2. Orlando Cabrera, SS
3. Joe Mauer, C
4. Jason Kubel, RF
5. Michael Cuddyer, 1B
6. Delmon Young, LF
7. Jose Morales, DH
8. Brian Buscher, 3B
9. Nick Punto, 2B

Pitching: Carl Pavano. RHP

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