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Mauer hits grand slam as Twins bash Verlander, Tigers

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports

DETROIT -- The anticipated matchup between a two-time Cy Young Award winner and a former American League Rookie of the Year never materialized.

Joe Mauer hit his first career grand slam and Johan Santana scattered five hits over six innings, outpitching Justin Verlander and leading the Minnesota Twins past the Detroit Tigers 11-1 on Friday night.

Verlander (9-3) gave up two runs in the first inning and Mauer broke the game open with his grand slam in the fifth. Verlander walked five batters, four of which scored, in five innings. He gave up four hits and struck out five.

"I beat myself tonight," Verlander said. "I gave them too many opportunities to score with the walks tonight."

Santana (9-6) allowed one run, striking out six and walking one.

"I tried to stay very aggressive," he said. "We were able to score a couple of runs and I tried to protect the lead."

Justin Morneau had three hits and drove in two runs for the Twins, playing in his second game after missing almost a week because of a bruised right lung.

A leadoff single by Luis Castillo and Verlander's two walks loaded the bases with none out in the first. Michael Cuddyer drove in the first run with a fielder's choice grounder, and Morneau's infield single brought in the second run.

Detroit threatened in the first with one-out singles by Polanco and Gary Sheffield. But Magglio Ordonez was called out on strikes as Polanco and Sheffield pulled off a double steal, and Santana got out of the inning by retiring Carlos Guillen on a pop fly to right.

"Santana was very good against a very good lineup over there," said Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire. "He made pitches when he had to."

Mauer's grand slam came with one out in the fifth after Verlander had walked the bases loaded. The left-handed batting Mauer lined Verlander's 3-2 pitch to the opposite field and over the fence for his fourth home run of the season.

"I got ahead of him in the count, 3-1, so I wanted to see if he threw one over. He did -- 3-2, he threw it in the same spot," Mauer said. "I was just trying to hit something hard to the outfield."

Detroit manager Jim Leyland knew that was the game.

"When you go six down to a pitcher like Santana," he said, "you are going to lose."

After the first inning, Santana held the Tigers hitless until Ivan Rodriguez's leadoff single in the fifth. He advanced to second on a flyout, but Santana struck out Marcus Thames and Neifi Perez to end the inning.

Polanco put Detroit on the scoreboard with his second home run, which came with one out in the sixth. He finished 3-for-4.

Jason Kubel added an RBI double in the eighth, and the Twins added four runs in the ninth on a wild pitch by Eulogio De La Cruz, an error by Perez and RBI singles by Morneau and Torii Hunter.


  • Detroit 3B Brandon Inge was a late scratch because of a lower back spasm. He was replaced in the lineup by Perez.
  • Gardenhire said Morneau would be the DH for the entire three-game series.
  • The Tigers reinstated RHP Zach Miner (strained right elbow flexor) from the DL, and placed LHP Tim Byrdak on the 15-day disabled list with left elbow tendinitis.
  • Tigers' hitting coach Lloyd McClendon was ejected by home plate umpire Marty Foster in the first inning after he questioned a called third strike to Ordonez.
  • Ordonez was 1-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to 15 games. He's batting .429 (24-for-56) during the streak.
  • Guillen's streak of 11 games with a RBI was snapped. The franchise record is 12, shared by Mickey Cochrane (1934) and Rudy York (1940).
  • Minnesota's Jason Bartlett went 1-for-2 to extend his hitting streak to a career-high 10 games (.351, 13-for-37).
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Joe Mauer hits his first career grand slam -- against Tigers ace Justin Verlander, no less.  (US Presswire)
Joe Mauer hits his first career grand slam -- against Tigers ace Justin Verlander, no less. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game

J. Mauer
AB 3
R 2
H 1
HR 1

J. Morneau
AB 5
R 0
H 3
HR 0

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Minnesota Twins
Luis Castillo, 2B4210111 .303
Jason Bartlett, SS3310200 .259
Joe Mauer, C3214200 .304
Michael Cuddyer, 1B5101000 .285
Justin Morneau, DH5032010 .281
    Lew Ford, PR-DH0000000 .247
Torii Hunter, CF5121013 .308
Jason Kubel, LF5011014 .247
Jason Tyner, RF3100110 .285
Nick Punto, 3B3100121 .212
2B - Jason Bartlett (9, de la Cruz), Jason Kubel (16, de la Cruz)
HR - Joe Mauer (4, Verlander)
RBI - Joe Mauer 4 (30), Michael Cuddyer (47), Justin Morneau 2 (60), Torii Hunter (63), Jason Kubel (27)
2-OUT RBI - Justin Morneau (21), Torii Hunter (32), Jason Kubel (8)
Team LOB - 5
Minnesota Twins
Johan Santana (W,9-6) 6511161 2.76
Matt Guerrier 2100010 1.85
Ramon Ortiz 1000010 5.40
Pitches-Strikes - Johan Santana 94-62, Matt Guerrier 29-19, Ramon Ortiz 16-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Johan Santana 4-8, Matt Guerrier 1-4
Batters Faced - Johan Santana 24, Matt Guerrier 7, Ramon Ortiz 3
Detroit Tigers
Curtis Granderson, CF4000020 .287
Placido Polanco, 2B4131000 .332
    Omar Infante, PR-2B0000000 .316
Gary Sheffield, DH3010101 .290
Magglio Ordonez, RF4010021 .375
Carlos Guillen, SS4000004 .320
Ivan Rodriguez, C4010002 .280
Craig Monroe, LF4000010 .225
Marcus Thames, 1B3000021 .231
Neifi Perez, 3B3000011 .175
2B - Placido Polanco (18, Guerrier)
HR - Placido Polanco (2, Santana)
RBI - Placido Polanco (36)
SB - Placido Polanco (3, 3rd base off Santana/Mauer), Gary Sheffield (11, 2nd base off Santana/Mauer)
Team LOB - 6
Outfield Assists - Craig Monroe 1
E - Neifi Perez (3, Misplayed grounder)
Detroit Tigers
Justin Verlander (L,9-3) 5466551 3.18
Macay McBride 2000010 3.50
Eulogio de la Cruz 2552210 6.75
IBB - Mauer by Eulogio de la Cruz
WP - Justin Verlander (9), Eulogio de la Cruz (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Justin Verlander 99-57, Macay McBride 19-12, Eulogio de la Cruz 43-27
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Justin Verlander 7-3, Macay McBride 4-1, Eulogio de la Cruz 3-2
Batters Faced - Justin Verlander 24, Macay McBride 6, Eulogio de la Cruz 13
Game Information
Attendance - 42361
Game Time - 2:42
Temperature - 71
Umpires - Home - Marty Foster, First Base - Field Culbreth, Second Base - Tim McClelland, Third Base - Paul Schrieber