MINNEAPOLIS After Sunday, the Minnesota Twins will have played the Detroit Tigers five times. Of those five games, however, they'll have avoided facing Tigers ace Justin Verlander so far this season.
That's seemingly a good thing on paper, as the reigning American League MVP and Cy Young winner is 5-2 with a 2.15 ERA in 10 starts so far this season. But Minnesota's hitters would have actually welcomed an opportunity to take their hacks at the AL's best pitcher this weekend.
"We don't care who we get. We're ready for anybody," said Twins outfielder Trevor Plouffe. "You either want to face the best or you shouldn't be here."
Added center fielder Denard Span: "I don't run from him. You can tell him I said that. I'll praise him all day long, but I don't mind facing him."
Instead of Verlander, the Twins face Drew Smyly, Max Scherzer and Rick Porcello during the three-game series this weekend at Target Field. In a brief two-game series earlier this month, they faced Porcello and Doug...