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WELCOMED HOME PERALTA (R),
WHO HIT THE SECOND OF THREE
@ COMERICA PARK:
Miguel Cabrera, Jhonny Peralta
and Casper Wells supplied the power
hitting while Justin Verlander provided the power pitching and the Tigers
opened their final home series of the season with a 10-1 Friday night win
The newly clinched AL-Central Champion Twins had arrived in town at
92-60 with the best record in big league baseball. At 78-75 the third place
Tigers are 14 games off Minny's pace and remained three games back of the
second place Chicago White Sox.
Three Tigers took advantage of the gusty 22-mph winds blowing out
to LField by getting balls way up in the air, each of the trio of homeruns
sailing out further than the one before.
Meantime, Verlander threw his second consecutive complete game win
(18-8), losing his shutout bid with 2-outs in the T-9th only because two
throwing errors had extended the inning.
Verlander allowed just 4-H with 0-W and tied his season-high of strikeouts
(set twice before). Ten of JV's 11-K were on swinging third strikes. Verlander
fired 122-pitches/80-strikes. Half of the four basehits Minnesota scratched
out never left the infield. In fact, that's where most of the pitches Minnesota
hitters managed to get a bat on stayed with Verlander recording nine groundouts,
just five outs in the air, and not yielding a hard hit ball all night.
Verlander became the first Tiger with back-to-back complete game victories
since Mark Redman in May of 2002.
It isn't often any pitcher challenges Cabrera with three consecutive fastballs.
Francisco Liriano did just that in the B-4th. Cabrera fouled-off the first two,
then having timed the 92--94-mph deliveries, skied the third 380-feet into the
LCField seats for a 2rHR (#36), also scoring Ryan Raburn who'd singled to open the
After Cabrera's homer, Liriano (L, 14-9) walked Peralta and then went to a 1-2
count on Wells. A lengthy conference followed on the mound and Liriano was removed
at that point for what was later announced as illness.
At the same time Twins SStop Alexi Casilla was taken out of the game for the
Raburn started the rally again when Detroit posted a 4-R/B-6th off first
Twins reliever Jeff Manship. Raburn, Cabrera and Peralta had consecutive
singles to produce the first run. Wells then sent a controversial 2r3B down the
3Base line. The ball was just fair, rolled into foul territory and was touched by
a reaching-over front row fan. Twins LFielder Delmon Young gave the dead ball
signal, but somehow 3Base umpire Tim Tschida awarded Wells 3Base with Peralta
being allowed to score all the way from first on a ground rule triple. Following a
lengthy argument Twins MGR Ron Gardenhire was ejected after he'd returned
to the dugout by HP umpire Tim Timmons. Jose Mijares replaced Manship on the
mound between the first and second part of the rhubarb. Mijares immediately
yielded a deep sac-fly to Brennan Boesch that plated Wells (run charged to Manship)
to put the score at 6-0.
The Tigers put another four spot on the board in the B-7th off fourth
Minnesota pitcher Alex Burnett. Scott Sizemore drew a 1-out walk, Cabrera
slashed a 2-out single and Peralta towered a 390-foot 3rHR (#15) to the LCField
grandstand. Wells followed with a back-to-back homer (#4), a solo shot 415-feet
into the same area.
Cabrera was 3-for-4 with 3-R & 2-RBI to extand his MLB-RBI lead to 122
on the year. Peralta was 2-for-3 with 2-R & 4-RBI and Wells 2-for-4 with
2-R & 3-RBI. Gerald Laird was 2-for-4 and Raburn 2-for-5.
Denard Span had half of Minnesota's hits, going 2-for-4 with 1-R and a
stolen base. Michael Cuddyer had the 2-out RBI-1B in the T-9th that sent
Span home with the only Twin run.
MIN 1-4-0, 4-LOB (L) Liriano, 14-9
DET 10-13-2, 5-LOB (W) Verlander, 18-8
TIGERS MGR JIM LEYLAND: "[Verlander's] one of the best in the league.
When he's got it rolling, he's tough to beat...His curveball was working all
game, and when it is working, it is the best in the league."
TIGERS SP JUSTIN VERLANDER: "When I looked at their swings, I was able to
adjust and attack the zone with my curve. Now that I've had four or five
starts since I got it back, I just need to get back to being able to use it earlier
in games...Up until my last four or five starts, when I look at myself in the mirror,
I could have pitched a lot better [this year]."
TWINS SP FRANCISCO LIRIANO: "I've been sick for the last three or four days and
it just got worse while I was out there. I was getting dizzy, so I had to come out."
TWINS MGR RON GARDENHIRE: "I've never had two guys get sick on the mound at
the same time before. Frankie was throwing the ball really well -- all he gave up was
a homer to Cabrera -- but he looked pretty bad. We decided to take him out, and I
looked over at Alexi, and he didn't look any better...I stopped arguing when I went
back to the dugout, but [bench coach] Steve Liddle was still yelling and they threw
me out. My coaches thought it was very entertaining, but I don't think they will want
to pay my fine."
Verlander finished 12-3 with a 2.31-ERA at Comerica Park this year.
Verlander has posted double-digit strikeouts 15 times in his MLB career
(four times this year) and hasn't walked anybody on four of those 15 occasions.
Verlander led the majors in strikeouts with 269 in 2009. Friday night's 11-K
put his 2010 total at 209 for 7th in the big leagues and 4th in the AL.
Verlander became the first Tiger pitcher with consecutive 200-K seasons
since Jack Morris in 1987-88.
Verlander has won his last four starts and is unbeaten in his last seven
(5-W & 2-ND).
Verlander has thrown 120 or more pitches in a game 10 times this year,
three times more than any other American League TEAM (Boston with 7) and
more than double that of any other AL pitcher (John Lackey of the Red Sox, 4).
Saturday night's probable pitchers for the middle game of the series are RHPs
Jeremy Bonderman (8-9, 4.92) of Detroit and Carl Pavano (17-11, 3.60) for
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