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TWINS SCORE EARLY & OFTEN.....Minnesota 10, TIGERS 4, M 5/3/10
Posted on: 05-03-2010

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>>caption:  CUDDYER (#5 at L) IS
WELCOMED HOME ON HIS HOMER<<

@ MINNEAPOLIS, MN:

    Seven batters into the ballgame
the Tigers had struck-out four times
against Twins starter Scott Baker.
    On the flip side, eleven batters
in to the contest Minnesota had
scored seven runs against Detroit starter Max Scherzer.
    That set the tone for the opener of the 3-game Target Field series as
Minnesota topped Detroit 10-4.
    After Detroit managed to close within 7-3/Mid-5th the Twins scored three
more in the B-5th with all 10 Minnesota runs in the game charged to Scherzer.
    Minny's Jim Thome had a 1-out RBI-1B and Michael Cuddyer followed with a
3rHR (#4) to the LField upper deck in a 4-R/B-1st.
    The Twins tacked on a 3-R/B-2nd on a 2r3B by Denard Span and an Orlando
Hudson RBI-G'out.
    Minnesota got its final trio off Scherzer in the B-5th. J.J. Hardy delivered a
1-out RBI-1B to chase Scherzer. Onetime Twin Brad Thomas came out of the Tiger
bullpen and allowed two inherited runners to score on a Wilson Ramos RBI-2B and
a Nick Punto sac-fly.
    Detroit scored thrice off Baker on a Brennan Boesch RBI-2B in the T-4th
and on a pair of RBI-G'outs by Johnny Damon and Magglio Ordonez in the T-5th.
    The Tigers also got a 2-out/T-9th RBI-3B to RField by Austin Jackson off Minnesota
reliever Alex Burnett for the 10-4 final.    
    Baker (W, 3-2) went 7-IP to scatter 7-H & 2-W for 3-R/3-ER with 6-K while
Scherzer (L,1-2) lasted just 4.1-IP to yield 10-R/10-ER on 8-H & 4-W with just 1-K.
    Rookies Boesch and Jackson went 2-for-4 and 3-for-5 respectively with Jackson
falling a homerun shy of the cycle. Miguel Cabrera was 2-for-3 for Detroit.
     Filling in for injured Twins catcher Joe Mauer, Wilson went 3-for-4 with a 2B, R & RBI.
Justin Morneau and Hardy were both 2-for-4 and Span 2-for-5.
    The Tigers had its season's-best five game win streak stopped and fell back to a game
and a half behind AL-Central leading Minnesota.       

    DET         4-9-0, 7-LOB       (L) Scherzer, 1-2
    MINN     10-12-1, 5-LOB     (W) Baker, 3-2

QUOTEBOOK...

TIGERS MGR JIM LEYLAND:   "Way too many times this year, we've dug ourselves too
deep a hole. You're not going to continue to come back. We've got to do a little better
at avoiding that."

TIGERS SP MAX SCHRZER:   "We were on a winning streak and I wanted to go out there
and give the team a chance to win and keep it going. That's probably the most frustrating
thing...I made a lot of mistakes. Tonight, I was walking people and leaving sliders over the
middle."

TWINS MGR RON GARDENHIRE:   "[Ramos has] picked us up big time right now offensively.
You lose the best hitter in the game [Mauer] and you've got a young man stepping up and
driving the baseball and also calling a good game and working with our pitchers."

EXTRA INNINGS:

    Scherzer's ERA in two starts vs Minnesota is 18.00 with a 2.63-ERA against all other foes
this year.
    Jackson has reached base in 21 straight games.
    Hudson increased his hitting streak to 10 games.
    Mauer is sidelined with a heel injury and may miss the entire series.
    Twin Nick Blackburn and Tiger Dontrelle Willis, both 1-1, are Tuesday night's probable
pitchers in the middle game of the series.    

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