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Radke, Twins prove Tigers' Young wrong with sweep

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Before their series against Minnesota, Detroit's Dmitri Young said the race for the AL Central would come down to his Tigers and Cleveland.

The three-time division champions clearly have other ideas.

Brad Radke finally gave Minnesota what it was expecting from him with six strong innings and the Twins broke the game open with a big sixth inning to complete a three-game sweep of Detroit with a 10-4 victory on Thursday night.

"It was nice to get a sweep," Radke said. "Especially with Dmitri talking a little out there."

Once again, Radke struggled in the first, allowing two runs on an RBI-single by Young and a sacrifice fly by Rondell White.

Radke (1-2) retired 11 in a row after Young's single and allowed three hits and one run after that to get his first victory of the season and hand the Tigers their fourth consecutive loss.

Lew Ford's three-run homer off reliever Kyle Farnsworth highlighted a four-run sixth inning for the Twins, who won their fourth in a row. Jacque Jones went 3-for-4 with a triple and two RBI.

Radke had a rough first two starts, going 0-2 with a 6.08 ERA. But after a tough first inning, he settled down and held the Tigers in check for six innings, allowing three runs and six hits.

"It was good to get some runs on the board," Radke said. "It's fun to pitch when that happens."

Tigers starter Nate Robertson (0-1) struggled. After a stellar debut against Cleveland in which he allowed one earned run and five hits in seven innings of a no-decision, Robertson gave up six runs, four earned, walked five and hit two batters in five innings against the Twins.

Robertson found himself in trouble in the second inning, walking two and allowing runs on a bloop single by Mike Redmond and a sacrifice fly by Luis Rivas that tied the game at 2-all.

The Tigers were sloppy in the third inning, when two errors and a hit batter led to three runs. Torii Hunter led off the inning with a double and scored when Tigers second baseman Omar Infante tried to turn a double play on a grounder by Jones. Infante's throw went into left field, and Ford advanced to third and Jones to second.

Redmond followed with another RBI single to score Ford, and right fielder Marcus Thames bobbled the ball, allowing Jones to score from second to make it 5-2.

"I'm extremely disappointed," Tigers manager Alan Trammell said. "It was not a good effort tonight. Nine walks and two hit batsmen -- that's a formula for a loss."

The Twins had all the answers, save for a little fireworks in the fifth.

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire was ejected for the first time this season and 16th time in his career in the fifth inning for arguing after home plate umpire Ed Hickox warned Radke after hitting Thames with a pitch.

After giving up a single to Craig Monroe, Radke plunked Thames in the belt. Hickox immediately warned Radke and both dugouts that another hit batter would warrant an ejection.

Gardenhire sprinted out of the dugout, apparently upset that Hickox did not warn Robertson after he hit Ford and Shannon Stewart and nearly hit Rivas in separate innings.

"I told him I thought that was wrong and Eddie had to do what he had to do," Gardenhire said. "Nothing against him, he's a good umpire. ... But I just can't handle those warnings. If I get thrown out 10 times this year, I bet nine will be because of those warnings and the 10th will be because I think we're (playing poorly) that night and I don't want to watch it."

Robertson was relieved by Farnsworth, who gave up four runs and four hits in one inning. Tigers pitchers, including Franklyn German and Ugueth Urbina, walked nine and struck out three.

White hit a solo homer in the eighth and was 1-for-3 with two RBI, but the Tigers showed they still have a long way to go before they are ready to compete with the Twins for the division.

The Twins have won nine consecutive games over the Tigers and are 59-19 against them since 2001.

"They humbled us," said Young, who went 2-for-4. "We definitely wanted to show them this was a different team. Unfortunately they beat us the way they've been beating us.

"It's not a 16-game season. This isn't football. We definitely have time to redeem ourselves."

Notes

  • Monroe made an outstanding play in the fifth, robbing Matthew LeCroy of a homer when he leaped over the center field wall to catch the ball.
  • The Twins will play 11 of their next 13 games on the road, all against AL Central opponents.
  • Ford started in center field while Hunter, a Gold Glover, was the DH. Gardenhire said he made the decision to get Ford some playing time in the field.
 
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Ron Gardenhire argues with Ed Hickox and eventually gets tossed for the 16th time in his career.  (AP)
Ron Gardenhire argues with Ed Hickox and eventually gets tossed for the 16th time in his career. (AP)

Players of the Game
Minnesota

J. Jones
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
Minnesota

L. Ford
AB 3
R 3
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
 
Detroit Tigers
Brandon Inge, 3B5010022 .333
Carlos Guillen, SS3100111 .357
Ivan Rodriguez, C4220000 .343
Dmitri Young, DH4021000 .389
Rondell White, LF3112012 .333
Carlos Pena, 1B4011001 .286
Craig Monroe, CF4010002 .242
Marcus Thames, RF3000000 .214
Omar Infante, 2B4010002 .206
Totals344941410 
Batting
2B - Omar Infante (2, Guerrier)
HR - Rondell White (2, Guerrier)
SF - Rondell White (2)
RBI - Dmitri Young (10), Rondell White 2 (6), Carlos Pena (6)
2-OUT RBI - Rondell White (2), Carlos Pena (2)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Guillen-Pena, Inge-Infante-Pena
E - Omar Infante (1, wild throw), Brandon Inge (3, ), Marcus Thames (1, misplayed grounder)
Detroit Tigers
Nate Robertson (L,0-1) 5564500 3.75
Kyle Farnsworth 1444121 5.40
Franklyn German 1000200 1.69
Ugueth Urbina 1200110 7.20
IBB - Jones by Ugueth Urbina
HBP - Stewart (by Nate Robertson), Ford (by Nate Robertson)
Pitches-Strikes - Nate Robertson 96-52, Kyle Farnsworth 35-20, Franklyn German 16-7, Ugueth Urbina 26-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Nate Robertson 9-5, Franklyn German 1-1
Batters Faced - Nate Robertson 26, Kyle Farnsworth 8, Franklyn German 4, Ugueth Urbina 6
Minnesota Twins
Shannon Stewart, LF2100200 .237
Juan Castro, SS5000006 .300
Torii Hunter, DH4110012 .229
   a- Corky Miller, PH-DH1000000 .000
Matthew LeCroy, 1B4221101 .304
Lew Ford, CF3323101 .267
Jacque Jones, RF4232100 .407
Michael Cuddyer, 3B2000324 .188
Mike Redmond, C4022104 .429
Luis Rivas, 2B3111002 .316
Totals32101199320 
a-flied out for Hunter in the 8th
Batting
2B - Torii Hunter (2, Robertson), Lew Ford (2, Urbina)
3B - Jacque Jones (1, Robertson)
HR - Lew Ford (1, Farnsworth)
SF - Luis Rivas (1)
RBI - Matthew LeCroy (5), Lew Ford 3 (3), Jacque Jones 2 (9), Mike Redmond 2 (2), Luis Rivas (1)
2-OUT RBI - Matthew LeCroy (5), Lew Ford 3 (3)
CS - Michael Cuddyer (1, 3rd base by Robertson/Rodriguez)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Radke-Rivas-Castro-LeCroy
Minnesota Twins
Brad Radke (W,1-2) 6633130 5.59
Jesse Crain 1100000 0.00
Matt Guerrier 2211011 3.00
HBP - Thames (by Brad Radke)
Pitches-Strikes - Brad Radke 86-62, Jesse Crain 12-7, Matt Guerrier 23-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brad Radke 8-6, Matt Guerrier 3-2
Batters Faced - Brad Radke 25, Jesse Crain 4, Matt Guerrier 8
Game Information
Attendance - 14344
Game Time - 2:47
Temperature - 70
Umpires - Home - Ed Hickox, First Base - Larry Young, Second Base - Field Culbreth, Third Base - Eric Cooper