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TIGS TROUNCE TWINS IN SERIES OPENER.....TIGERS 8, Minnesota 1, F 8/26/11
Posted on: 08-26-2011

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>>caption:   BRANDON INGE MADE A
DIVING STOP ON A TREVOR PLOUFFE
HOT-SHOT, THEN FROM HIS KNEES
THREW ACROSS THE DIAMOND TO
GET PLOUFFE OUT IN THE B-5TH<<

@ MINNEAPOLIS, MN:

      The Tigers scored five runs in
the late frames to blow open a close contest and topple the Twins 8-1 on
Friday night.
      Victor Martinez had 4-RBI and Former Twin Delmon Young 3-RBI to lead
the Detroit offense which pounded four Minnesota pitchers for 16 hits.
Every Tiger starter had at least one basehit.
      Detroit won for the seventh time in eight games to go to a season-
high 13 games over the .500-mark at 72-59. The AL-Central leading Tigers
stayed six and a half games ahead of second place Cleveland as the Indians
won at home Friday evening.
      Minnesota fell to a season-low 21 games below .500 at 55-76 and failed to
score more than one run for the sixth consecutive game (all home loses).
      Rick Porcello had a shaky start and it looked like his August slump would
continue, but the Tiger starter righted himself and went 6.1-IP to get the
win (12-8). Porcello threw 95-pitches/59-strikes to scatter 7-H , 3-W &
1-HBP for 1-R/1-ER. Porcello struck-out four including the last two men he
faced. Porcello earned his first August win in five starts (1-2 & 2-ND) after
his excellent 5-0 July. The 1-ER off Porcello was the first time Porcello had
allowed just a lone earned run since July 8th at Kansas City.   
      Just up from 3A Rochester to get an emergency start, lefty Scott Diamond
(L, 0-2) held Minnesota in the ballgame until the T-7th.
        Porcello got a B-1st 6-4-3 double play to end the inning and get out of trouble.
A bases-loaded, none out 1-2-3 DP almost got Porcello out of a B-2nd jam, but
light-hitting Drew Butera sent a 2-out ground single to RField to score Danny
Valencia from third for a 1-0 Twins lead.
      The Tigers immediately struck back in the T-3rd to go up 2-1 when four singles
produced a pair of runs. Delmon Young and Miguel Cabrera had back-to-back,
1-out, RBI-1Bs.
      Minnesota reliever Glen Perkins, who had allowed only eight of 38 inherited runners
to score this season, arrived to take over for Diamond with the bases loaded and 1-out/
T-7th and permitted all three runners to cross the plate. Young dribbled a ball down the
3Base line for an RBI-1B to plate Ryan Raburn and keep the bases loaded because the
Twins let the ball roll in hopes it would go foul. Perkins struck-out Cabrera on a questionable
checked-swing third strike. However, Martinez bounced a ground rule double into the
visitors bullpen in LCField to send two more men in and make the score 5-1.
      The Tigers batted around in the T-8th to score three more with all the runs charged
to third Twins pitcher Lester Oliveros, the player-to-be-named-later in this month's
trade for Young. Ramon Santiago hit a bases-loaded sac-fly, Young followed with an
RBI-1B and two batters later Minny lefty Phil Dumatrait walked Martinez, the first man
he faced, to force in a run to put the score at 8-1.
      Detroit went 7-for-18 with RISP.   
      Young, Cabrera and Raburn had 3-H each and Martinez had 2-H.   
      Valencia was 2-for-4 as the only Twin with multiple safeties.

         DET          8-16-0, 10-LOB          (W) Porcello, 12-8
         MIN          1-7-1, 7-LOB                  (L) Diamond, 0-2

QUOTEBOOK...

TIGERS MGR JIM LEYLAND:    "Rick dodged a couple of bullets, he settled down after
that...He got his breaking ball working...If we're gonna do good, we gotta get some
starters on a roll...[Martinez] knows how to knock in a run. He's a smart hitter. He's
a clutch hitter."   

TIGERS DH VICTOR MARTINEZ:    "Rick give us a great chance to win the game. We
got some [late] runs to win the game...I always go [to be] a tough out and put a
good swing on the ball...I'm running a lot better. The last two days is the best it's
felt [since he hurt his knee]."

TIGERS LF DELMON YOUNG:    "It's always good to play well against your former team.
These wins are important to us down the stretch."

TIGERS 3B BRANDON INGE:    "I like the way we hit the ball. We put the ball in play a
lot and made things happen...When [Porcello] needed a ground ball for a double play, he
got it. That mean's he's concentrating."

TWINS 1B JUSTIN MORNEAU:   "I've never been part of anything like this [losing skid].
Definitely not going to get used to it, don't want to get used to it, don't want to go
through it. We need to find a way to get out of it and not just start looking toward
next year. We got a month left in the season."

EXTRA INNINGS:

      Minnesota was minus SStop Tsuyoshi Nishioka (back spasms) and CA Joe Mauer
(neck injury).
      Diamond has been called up for two spot starts this year, both home defeats to
AL-Central foes. Diamond lost to Cleveland on July 18TH in his only other big league
game.   
      CA Alex Avila went 1-for-5 to extend his hitting streak to 10 games, his second
10-G streak of the year.
      Utilityman Don Kelly became the second Tiger in as many days to go on paternity
leave Friday and became the second proud papa of a new baby boy in that span.
INF Danny Worth continued his Tiger/Toledo yo-yo tour and was called up to take
Kelly's spot on the active roster. Meantime, CA Omir Santos returned to the Mud Hens
from his one game recall Thursday and new daddy Cabrera was back passing out cigars
in the Tiger clubhouse.
      Tiger 2Bman Carlos Guillen is eligible to come off the DL from his sore left wrist
injury Sunday, but MGR Jim Leyland indicated it's likely Guillen will first go on minor
league rehab and be activated when MLB rosters expand September 1ST.
      Tiger ace Justin Verlander goes for his 20th win of the season Saturday in the
middle game of the series Saturday. Verlander (19-5) will be opposed on the hill by
veteran Twins RHP Carl Pavano (6-10). The game has a 4:10pm/ET start for FOX
regional broadcast coverage.

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