Minnesota at Detroit

W: B. Radke (11-8) L: N. Robertson (10-8)
S: J. Nathan (24)
HR: MIN - None   DET - None

Radke keeps throwing well for streaking Twins

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports

DETROIT -- Don't count out the Minnesota Twins.

The Twins got excellent pitching from Brad Radke and two relievers in a 4-2 win over the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday night, a few hours after they said Francisco Liriano likely is going on the disabled list.

"Everybody knows where we stand with our young pitcher, but we're not going to let it knock us down," Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire said. "You have to just keep playing. There are 25 other guys in that clubhouse that know we have a job to do -- to pick it up with Liriano out."

Radke (11-8) did his part.

The 12-year veteran gave up two runs and nine hits in seven innings, walking one. He won for the seventh time in eight decisions.

"We had a couple of good opportunities to put some runs on the board and Radke made some good pitches," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said.

Radke had a solid game against a team that he was 0-3 with a 10.32 ERA against in three previous outings this season.

"They pretty much had my number, but I got them tonight," Radke said.

Joe Mauer, whose third-inning groundout tied the game, doubled for a 3-2 lead in the fifth, helping the Twins to their fifth win in six games.

Minnesota loaded the bases against Fernando Rodney in the ninth and got a run on Michael Cuddyer's groundout. After intentionally walking Justin Morneau to load the bases again, Rodney retired Torii Hunter on a comebacker.

Twins closer Joe Nathan gave up a two-out walk to Brandon Inge and a single to Curtis Granderson in the ninth, then retired Placido Polanco on a flyout for his 24th save in 25 chances. Juan Rincon allowed one hit in the eighth.

"Rincon and Nathan shut that team down," Gardenhire said. "We've seen on TV all the late-inning wins, so you have to be very good here. That's a great team over there, and we feel like we're pretty good, too."

Even without Liriano.

Before the game, Gardenhire said there's a "99.999" percent chance Liriano will go on the DL after he has an MRI exam on Thursday to determine whether his injury is in his forearm, elbow or both. The rookie left-hander is 12-3 with a 2.19 ERA.

"We'd love to see him take the ball, and he's been a huge boost to our rotation and we'll miss him," Gardenhire said. "But we want him to understand it's about taking care of his arm so he's here for many, many years."

Nate Robertson (10-8) allowed three runs, seven hits and three walks in seven innings while striking out two, his fewest in nearly two months.

"Seven innings, three runs against that team. Pretty good. Not enough," said Robertson, who has lost five of his last seven starts.

Detroit had won eight straight against Minnesota at home dating to last season, and Robertson won his three previous starts against the Twins.

The Tigers went ahead 2-0 in the second on when Dmitri Young drove in Magglio Ordonez with a triple and scored on Sean Casey's single.

They didn't have the lead long.

In the third, Jason Bartlett drew a walk and scored on Nick Punto's double. Luis Castillo singled and scored on Mauer's groundout to make it 2-all.

Radke kept the score tied despite allowing Detroit to load the bases with no outs in the fourth. Craig Monroe lined out to left fielder Jason Tyner, who threw out Ordonez at home, and Casey flied out.

"That was probably the turning point of the game," Radke said.


  • Detroit LHP Mike Maroth, who had elbow surgery on June 2, is scheduled to start a rehabilitation assignment by throwing about four innings and 55 pitches Wednesday night at Triple-A Toledo.
  • The Twins purchased the contract of RHP Matt Garza from Triple-A Rochester, and the promising prospect will start Friday at home against Toronto. RHP Mike Smith was sent to Rochester, making room for Garza.
  • Twins DH Rondell White was back in the lineup, for the first time since injuring his left hamstring July 30 against Detroit, and hit a double in the fourth.
  • The Tigers added LHP Andrew Miller to their 40-man roster, and the first-round pick will start pitching at Single-A Lakeland.
  • Plate umpire C.B. Bucknor had a rough night, getting hit on the left arm, right shoulder and chest on pitches missed or tipped.
  • Michigan GOP gubernatorial candidate Dick DeVos joined FSN Detroit's booth for part of its broadcast.
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Twins catcher Joe Mauer tags out Magglio Ordonez, who tries to score from third base on a flyout. (AP)
Twins catcher Joe Mauer tags out Magglio Ordonez, who tries to score from third base on a flyout. (AP)

Players of the Game

B. Radke
IP 7.0
H 9
ER 2
BB 1
K 2

J. Mauer
AB 5
R 0
H 3
HR 0

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Nick Punto, 3B5131000 .313
Joe Mauer, C5032000 .367
Michael Cuddyer, RF4001122 .266
Justin Morneau, 1B4010103 .323
Torii Hunter, CF5020003 .279
Rondell White, DH3010001 .225
   a- Luis Rodriguez, PH-DH1000001 .195
Jason Tyner, LF3000102 .316
Jason Bartlett, SS3100112 .364
a-grounded out for R. White in the 8th
2B - Nick Punto 2 (18, Robertson, Robertson), Joe Mauer (26, Robertson), Rondell White (10, Robertson)
RBI - Nick Punto (30), Joe Mauer 2 (64), Michael Cuddyer (71)
CS - Justin Morneau (3, 3rd base by Rodney/Rodriguez)
Team LOB - 11
Outfield Assists - Jason Tyner 1
DP - Tyner-Mauer, Bartlett-Castillo-Morneau
Minnesota Twins
Brad Radke (W,11-8) 7922120 4.65
Juan Rincon (H,20) 1100010 2.13
Joe Nathan (S,24) 1100110 1.50
Pitches-Strikes - Brad Radke 101-73, Juan Rincon 12-10, Joe Nathan 17-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brad Radke 7-10, Juan Rincon 1-1, Joe Nathan 1-1
Batters Faced - Brad Radke 29, Juan Rincon 4, Joe Nathan 5
Detroit Tigers
Curtis Granderson, CF5010011 .278
Placido Polanco, 2B5010003 .298
Ivan Rodriguez, C4010000 .307
Magglio Ordonez, RF4120002 .300
Carlos Guillen, SS3020101 .309
Dmitri Young, DH4121012 .279
Craig Monroe, LF4000011 .273
Sean Casey, 1B4011012 .285
Brandon Inge, 3B3010101 .246
3B - Dmitri Young (1, Radke)
RBI - Dmitri Young (16), Sean Casey (34)
2-OUT RBI - Sean Casey (6)
Team LOB - 9
E - Nate Robertson (3, )
Detroit Tigers
Nate Robertson (L,10-8) 7733320 3.82
Jamie Walker0100000 1.32
Fernando Rodney 2411110 3.65
IBB - Morneau by Fernando Rodney
Pitches-Strikes - Nate Robertson 116-70, Jamie Walker 5-2, Fernando Rodney 41-24
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Batters Faced - Nate Robertson 31, Jamie Walker 1, Fernando Rodney 10
Game Information
Attendance - 35624
Game Time - 3:00
Temperature - 74
Umpires - Home - C.B. Bucknor, First Base - John Hirschbeck, Second Base - Wally Bell, Third Base - Mark Carlson