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>>caption: HUNTER (#48 at R)
AND CABRERA (#24) LAUNCHED
BACK-TO-BACK T-9TH SOLO HRs<<
@ MINNEAPOLIS, MN:
The Tigers blew a 6-0 lead,
but got back-to-back lead-off
homeruns in the T-9th by Torii
Hunter and Miguel Cabrera to
outlast Minnesota 8-6 Monday night in a 3-game series opener.
The AL-Central leading Tigers (84-66) stayed a game and a half ahead
of second place Kansas City (82-67) when the Royals got a walkoff win
over the Chicago White Sox.
Hunter (#16) and Cabrera (#23) both blasted into the LCField bullpen
off onetime Tiger Casey Fien (L, 5-6), the fourth of five Twins hurlers.
The other six Tiger runs came off Minnesota starter Anthony Swarzak,
who was roughed-up for 11-H & 1-W in 4.1-IP.
With Detroit up 6-0, the game turned on a T-5th inning-ending double
play when slow-footed Victor Martinez attempted to score from 3Base on
a short flyball to LField and was gunned-down at the plate.
The Twins would deadlock the game with a half dozen runs, scoring in
three of the next four frames.
Joe Mauer keyed the Twins comeback by going 2-for-4 with 1-R & 4-RBI.
Mauer's bloop 2-run single tied the game 6-all in the B-8th.
Minnesota scored four times off Tiger starter Max Scherzer. Oswaldo
Arcia skied a mammoth solo homerun (#18) an estimated 433-feet to the RField
upper deck for the first Twin run in the B-5th. Mauer had a 2-run up-the-middle
single and would come around to score on a sac-fly in a 3-R/ B-6th to make it 6-4.
Joba Chamberlain replaced Scherzer in the B-8th and walked the only
two men he faced. Both moved up on a double steal off Phil Coke and scored
on Mauer's single to tie it up.
Coke got a strikeout, Al Alburquerque faced one man and yielded a single
to put 2-on with one out. Rookie lefty Kyle Ryan came on and threw just two
pitches to get pinch-hitter Eduardo Nunez on an inning-ending double play
Ryan was given credit for his second big league win (2-0) in his third MLB
With Tiger closer Joe Nathan unavailable because he'd worked the previous
two days, Joakin Soria pitched the B-9th. In his third game off the DL (oblique
strain), Soria yielded a lead-off double to Kurt Suzuki. Soria then retired the
next three Twins with 1-K for his first save as a Tiger (#18 on the year).
J.D. Martinez was 3-for-4 with 1-R & 1-RBI and Andrew Romine 3-for-4
including a 2-run single. Cabrera was 3-for-5 with a double, his solo homer
and 3-R. Bryan Holaday went 2-for-4 while Hunter and Victor Martinez each
went 2-for-5 and all three coollected an RBI.
Suzuki and Danny Santana were both 2-for-4 at the plate for the Twins.
DET 8-16-0, 7-LOB (W) Ryan, 2-0; (S) Soria, #18/#1
MIN 6-10-0, 4-LOB (L) Fien, 5-6
Althoiugh gametime temp was a moderate 59-degrees, the announced
crowd of 19,700 was the smallest to see the Twins since Target Field opened
Sidelined since AUG 8TH with a right pectoral strain, Tigers RHP Anibal
Sanchez threw his first bullpen session prior to Monday's game with satisfactory
Because of his Sunday light-headedness and his concussion history, Tiger
CA Alex Avila was held out of Monday's game for precautionary reasons.
Tuesday night's probables for the middle game of the series are RHPs Ricky
Norlasco (5-11) of Minnesota vs Rick Porcello (15-11) for Detroit.
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