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DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers almost had a perfect night.
"We're not going to be able to win unless we get Guillen back healthy and producing the way we know he will, and get Magglio going," Detroit manager Jim Leyland said. "This is a nice little change, and probably came at the right time. But this is one night. I'm not going to get too excited."
Ordonez went 0-for-4 after being dropped to sixth in a starting lineup for the first time since 1998.
Clete Thomas -- who hit third in place of Ordonez -- had a double, two-run triple and single in his first three at-bats of the season for the Tigers.
In his two plate appearances, he swung for the fences hoping to hit for the cycle, but had a walk and groundout.
"Other than that, it was awesome," said Thomas, who played for Triple-A Toledo at Pawtucket the previous night.
Miguel Cabrera went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer and four RBI, delivering as he has during much of his second year with the Tigers. His shot went an estimated 440 feet to left field, clearing the first section of seats, for his seventh home run this season.
Anderson had two hits and an RBI and Granderson hit his ninth home run one at-bat after Cabrera's home run.
Porcello (2-3) gave up four hits and lasted seven innings, matching his best performance in those categories in five starts.
"He was really tough to pick up," Minnesota's Alexi Casilla said. "He was hitting both corners, and we didn't know where he was going to put the ball."
Porcello said it helped to get the run support he did.
"It makes it a lot easier," he said, "when you can go after guys with fastballs and not worry about pitching around them or giving up a run."
Nick Blackburn (2-2) gave up a career-high nine runs -- six earned -- eight hits and three walks over 3 1/3 innings.
Blackburn was shaky, but three errors certainly didn't help him out.
"We played terribly behind Blackie," Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire said. "But he's still got to go out there and pitch and get through the innings."
Jason Kubel was 3-for-4 for the Twins.
A night after beating Detroit 7-2, Gardenhire was disappointed with his team's performance.
"That's a bad night," Gardenhire said. "You come out like that, and you wonder if you even prepared for the game. To play as good as we did [Monday] and as bad as we did tonight -- that's not what you are looking for. You need some consistency.
"This wasn't acceptable. This is not the way we play baseball."
|It's a long night for Nick Blackburn, who gives up eight hits, including Miguel Cabrera's home run (left). (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Denard Span, CF||3||0||0||0||1||0||1||.314|
|Alexi Casilla, 2B||4||0||1||0||0||2||2||.167|
|Joe Mauer, C||2||0||0||0||0||1||0||.412|
|a- Mike Redmond, PH-C||1||0||0||0||1||0||1||.219|
|Justin Morneau, 1B||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||.318|
|b- Brian Buscher, PH-1B||1||0||0||0||1||0||3||.179|
|Jason Kubel, DH||4||0||3||0||0||0||0||.315|
|Joe Crede, 3B||3||0||0||0||1||0||2||.218|
|Michael Cuddyer, RF||4||0||1||0||0||0||4||.266|
|Delmon Young, LF||3||0||0||0||1||1||1||.254|
|Nick Punto, SS||2||0||0||0||0||0||1||.205|
|Brendan Harris, SS||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.320|
|a-grounded into a double play for Mauer in the 7th|
|b-walked for Morneau in the 7th|
|PB - Joe Mauer (1)|
|E - Alexi Casilla (3, Misplayed grounder), Joe Crede (1, Misplayed grounder), Delmon Young (2, Misplayed grounder)|
|Nick Blackburn (L,2-2)||3.1||8||9||6||3||1||2||5.19|
|Pitches-Strikes - Nick Blackburn 77-46, R.A. Dickey 37-27, Jesse Crain 14-8, Craig Breslow 16-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Nick Blackburn 10-1, R.A. Dickey 5-0, Jesse Crain 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Nick Blackburn 23, R.A. Dickey 10, Jesse Crain 3, Craig Breslow 5|
|Josh Anderson, LF||5||1||2||1||0||1||2||.333|
|Placido Polanco, 2B||4||2||1||0||1||0||1||.264|
|Clete Thomas, RF||4||2||3||2||1||0||0||.750|
|Miguel Cabrera, 1B||4||1||3||4||0||0||0||.406|
|a- Jeff Larish, PH-1B||1||0||0||0||0||1||2||.167|
|Curtis Granderson, CF||5||1||1||1||0||1||5||.259|
|Magglio Ordonez, DH||4||0||0||0||0||0||1||.232|
|Brandon Inge, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||2||0||.287|
|Gerald Laird, C||2||1||0||0||2||0||0||.246|
|Ramon Santiago, SS||4||1||1||1||0||2||2||.256|
|a-struck out for Cabrera in the 8th|
|2B - Clete Thomas (1, Blackburn), Miguel Cabrera (3, Dickey), Ramon Santiago (2, Blackburn)|
|3B - Clete Thomas (1, Blackburn)|
|HR - Miguel Cabrera (7, Blackburn), Curtis Granderson (9, Blackburn)|
|RBI - Josh Anderson (7), Clete Thomas 2 (2), Miguel Cabrera 4 (22), Curtis Granderson (19), Ramon Santiago (12)|
|2-OUT RBI - Josh Anderson (4), Clete Thomas 2 (2), Miguel Cabrera (13), Ramon Santiago (4)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|DP - Santiago-Polanco-Cabrera, Santiago-Polanco-Cabrera, Santiago-Polanco-Cabrera|
|E - Ramon Santiago (2, Throwing)|
|Rick Porcello (W,2-3)||7||4||0||0||3||3||0||4.71|
|Pitches-Strikes - Rick Porcello 87-52, Nate Robertson 18-8, Juan Rincon 16-11|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Rick Porcello 11-4, Nate Robertson 2-2, Juan Rincon 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Rick Porcello 25, Nate Robertson 6, Juan Rincon 4|
|Attendance - 23754|
|Game Time - 2:24|
|Temperature - 66|
|Umpires - Home - C.B. Bucknor, First Base - Mike Everitt, Second Base - Gerry Davis, Third Base - Brian Gorman|