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TWINS END DETROIT HEX.....Minnesota 4, TIGERS 1, Sa 7/23/11
Posted on: 07-23-2011

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>>caption:   GLEN PERKINS (#15)


      Scott Baker bounced off the
disabled list with five scoreless
innings and the Twins ended an 11-game losing skid vs the Tigers with a 4-1
Saturday decision.
      Because Cleveland was rained-out at home Saturday night, the Tigs only
lost a half game in the standings and lead the AL-Central by one game over
the Indians.   
      Back from a right/pitching elbow strain, Baker went the minimum 5-IP
for a starter to get the victory (8-5). Removed for precautionary reasons
after 82-pitches/55-strikes, Baker yielded just 3-H & 1-W with 5-K. Four
Minnesota relievers followed to keep the Bengal bats at bay.
      The Twins took a 4-0 lead on Detroit starter Brad Penny (L, 7-7). Penny
exited after 7-IP and 102-pitches/58-strikes. He allowed 4-R/4-ER on 7-H &
3-W with 4-K. Penny struggled with command early, but three double Tiger
defensive double plays helped keep him in the game.   
      Minnesota's Ben Revere walked to begin the B-1st, moved to second on a
grounder and scored on MIchael Cuddyer's 2-out RBI-1B.
      Danny Valencia led-off the B-2nd with a homerun (#12) to LField to double
Minnesota's margin.
      The Twins doubled their advantage again in the B-4th on a 2r2B by Delmon
Young to make it 4-0 before an out was recorded in that frame.
      Detroit's only tally came off first Twins reliever Anthony Swarzak. Brennan
Boesch 1-out singled, moved to second on a groundout and scored on Miguel
Cabrera's RBI-2B that one-bounced off the RField wall.
      The Tigers mounted a minor threat late off third Minnesota reliever Glen
Perkins in the T-8th. Pinch-hitter Ryan Raburn doubled on a bounce off the
LField wall and moved up to third on a grounder. However, Perkins struck-out
both Magglio Ordonez and Cabrera to leave Raburn stranded 90-feet from home.                        
      Restored a Minny's closer, Joe Nathan survived a 1-out/T-9th Jhonny Peralta
double to record the save (#7).           
      Cabrera and Peralta were both 2-for-4 at the plate for Detroit.
      Tsuyoshi Nishioka went 2-for-3 for the Twins.

         DET          1-8-1, 7-LOB          (L) Penny, 7-7
         MIN          4-7-0, 5-LOB          (W) Baker, 8-5; (S) Nathan, #7


TIGERS MGR JIM LEYLAND:    "[An 11 game winning streak vs Minnesota is]
not going to keep happening. We knew that. That's a good team over there
and they're playing pretty good right now...The early innings, [Penny] was wild.
His control betrayed him a little bit early on. After that, he settled down and
pitched a whale of a game. He gave us a chance to get back in it; we just
couldn't do it."

TIGERS SP BRAD PENNY:    "I obviously didn't have good command. I was
getting behind a little bit. I felt great, but unfortunately, those first few
innings just killed us."

TIGERS LF BRENNAN BOESCH:    "Call [Baker's high fastball] a tease, call it
whatever you want. I haven't figured him out,"

TWINS MGR RON GARDENHIRE:    "I like to beat these guys. We needed a
win today. That was big. They've played better than us up to this point
and we're still trying to catch them. Today really would have made it
tougher on us if we would've lost."

TWINS SP SCOTT BAKER:    "The first inning I felt like maybe I could've
gone in either direction. But as the game went on, it was great. It was
exactly what I wanted to happen...I didn't want to give in to these guys.
They're a good hitting lineup, and whether I threw three innings or five
innings or six innings or whatever, I didn't want to throw it over the plate
and allow them to get something going...One win is not exactly where we
need to be, but we're headed in the right direction. We can compete with
those guys. We know that. It's just a matter of the starting pitching going
out there and giving us a chance to win."

TWINS LF DELMON YOUNG:    ""These are games where you can catch back
up so we really needed to come out and get a win today. If we come out
and win tomorrow, we're still five back. You don't want to get back down
to nine or something like that."


      Detroit leads the 2011 season series with Minnmesota 7-1 with 10 still to play.
      The Tiger loss to Minnesota and the New York Yankee home defeat to Oakland
on the same day ended MLB's longest winning streaks vs a single opponent, 11
each for Detroit and the Yanks vs the Twins and A's respectively.
      The 1908 New York Highlanders (Yankees) and the 1910-11 St. Louis Browns
(now Baltimore Orioles) are the only teams the Tigers have ever defeated 12 times
in a row.
      Sunday afternoon's series finale lists probable pitchers as LHP Francisco Liriano
(6-7) of the Twins and Rick Porcello (9-6) for the Tigers.      



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