Detroit at Minnesota

Final 16th
W: F. Dolsi (1-0) L: R. Dickey (1-1)
HR: DET - M. Thames (6), G. Laird (4)   MIN - D. Young (3), J. Crede (12)

Polanco accounts for winning RBI as Tigers outlast Twins in 16 wire reports

MINNEAPOLIS -- Placido Polanco might have been the grittiest player on a night where several were in contention after 16 innings.

The Detroit Tigers second basemen fouled a ball off his protective cup in the 14th inning, only to follow it up on the next pitch with an RBI single. He hit another run-scoring single in the 16th inning that put his team up for good in an 11-9 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Friday night.

After fouling a pitch from R.A. Dickey into the dirt, Polanco went down when the ball bounced back and hit him. He needed several minutes to recover and was visited by manager Jim Leyland and a team trainer behind the plate.

"It took an inning or two to finally be over it, for me to start feeling like 100 percent," Polanco said.

  Twins put Slowey on DL

With runners on second and third in the 16th, Polanco lined a single through the left side of a drawn-in infield, scoring Ramon Santiago with the go-ahead run. Ryan Raburn and Magglio Ordonez added insurance runs for the Tigers.

The game lasted 5 hours and 7 minutes.

"We were here for so long that we really wanted to win the game," Polanco said. "So, you don't really think how tired you are."

Freddy Dolsi (1-0) blew a save in the 14th and allowed an unearned run in the bottom of the 16th, but held on for his second career win, ending Minnesota's attempt at a third comeback.

"It's a really good win because it could have been a really tough loss," Leyland said. "The guys hung in there. We kept battling, and so did they."

Dickey (1-1) took the loss for Minnesota, its first in four home games against the Tigers, and the Twins dropped four games back of Detroit in the AL Central. But the game wasn't Minnesota's only loss of the night.

Starter Kevin Slowey, who lasted just three innings for a second consecutive start, was placed on the 15-day DL after the game with a wrist strain. Anthony Swarzak was recalled to take Slowey's spot in the rotation, but will first pitch out of the bullpen.

Slowey allowed a season-high six runs in his worst outing since giving up six runs against the Tigers in Detroit on July 10, 2007. The right-hander has allowed at least three earned runs in four of his last five starts with a 7.54 ERA during that stretch.

But the Twins rebounded from a 7-2 deficit with a five-run sixth inning, highlighted by Denard Span's two-run triple. Span finished with a career-high five hits.

Joe Crede led off the big sixth frame with a solo home run off Zach Miner, the 25th of his career against Detroit -- his most against any team. Following a single, fielder's choice and walk, Span and Brendan Harris hit consecutive triples to chase Miner. Joe Mauer added a sacrifice fly against Fu-Te Ni, giving Miner five earned runs allowed on four hits in two-thirds of an inning - his worst outing since allowing four runs in one-third of an inning on June 3 against Boston.

From there, both bullpens stood tall.

Neither team scored a run until Polanco pushed a single up the middle off Dickey in the top of the 14th to give the Tigers an 8-7 advantage. But the Twins came right back with a run in the bottom half of the frame on Cuddyer's RBI single. Minnesota could've had runners on the corners with no outs following Cuddyer's hit, but Justin Morneau was thrown out at third base trying to advance when the ball ricocheted up the left-field line off third basemen Brandon Inge's glove. Instead, Minnesota had a runner on second with one out and Dolsi retired the next two batters.

"He thought he could get there and just got thrown out," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "Turns out, yeah, it's not a great baserunning play because he got thrown out."

Dolsi -- the last pitcher left in Detroit's bullpen -- worked a season-high three innings in his fourth appearance of the year.

"He went out there in a tough situation," catcher Gerald Laird said. "He gave up one and was able to settle down. He pitched through the heart of their lineup pretty much the whole time he was in."

Minnesota also emptied its bullpen, with just-recalled Brian Duensing throwing a team-high 3 2/3 innings. He allowed Laird's solo home run in the fourth before retiring nine straight.

Luke French was solid in his major league starting debut for Detroit with two runs allowed on six hits in 4 2/3 innings.

Marcus Thames snapped an 11-game home run drought with a two-run shot off Slowey in the third inning, and Josh Anderson hit a two-run triple in the second frame for the Tigers.


  • Minnesota's Delmon Young was the designated hitter for the fifth time this season and finished with three hits, including a home run. Gardenhire said that usual DH Jason Kubel was out of the starting lineup for the second straight game because of his .185 batting average against left-handers.
  • French had been solid for Triple-A Toledo before his recall, going 2-1 with a 1.66 ERA in his previous six starts. French went 4-4 with a 2.98 ERA in 13 starts overall for the Mud Hens.
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Ramon Santiago goes 1 for 6 but scores one of the three runs Detroit plates in the 16th.  (AP)
Ramon Santiago goes 1 for 6 but scores one of the three runs Detroit plates in the 16th. (AP)

Players of the Game

D. Span
AB 8
R 1
H 5
HR 0

P. Polanco
AB 8
R 2
H 3
HR 0

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Detroit Tigers
Curtis Granderson, CF6220211 .258
Placido Polanco, 2B8233032 .259
Miguel Cabrera, 1B8010024 .325
Marcus Thames, DH5122001 .255
    Ryan Raburn, PR-DH3021001 .277
Don Kelly, LF5110002 .279
   a- Magglio Ordonez, PH-RF3011000 .261
Brandon Inge, 3B6110023 .273
Josh Anderson, RF-LF7112033 .250
Gerald Laird, C6222000 .239
Ramon Santiago, SS6110010 .285
a-grounded out for Kelly in the 13th
2B - Curtis Granderson (9, Dickey), Placido Polanco (19, Slowey), Miguel Cabrera (17, Keppel)
3B - Josh Anderson (4, Slowey)
HR - Marcus Thames (6, Slowey), Gerald Laird (4, Duensing)
SF - Gerald Laird (3)
SH - Ramon Santiago (6)
RBI - Placido Polanco 3 (36), Marcus Thames 2 (14), Ryan Raburn (20), Magglio Ordonez (25), Josh Anderson 2 (14), Gerald Laird 2 (22)
2-OUT RBI - Placido Polanco (16), Ryan Raburn (10), Magglio Ordonez (12)
SB - Curtis Granderson (14, 2nd base off Nathan/Mauer)
Team LOB - 10
DP - Inge-Polanco-Cabrera, Polanco-Santiago-Cabrera
PB - Gerald Laird (5)
E - Freddy Dolsi (1, Missed catch of throw)
Detroit Tigers
Luke French 4.2622231 2.35
Zach Miner 0.2455101 4.98
Fu-Te Ni (BS,1) 0.2000000 3.00
Brandon Lyon 2300000 3.83
Bobby Seay 0.2000010 3.24
Joel Zumaya 2.1100240 3.77
Fernando Rodney 2000010 4.11
Freddy Dolsi (BS,1; W,1-0) 3421010 1.17
IBB - Mauer by Joel Zumaya, by Morneau
WP - Joel Zumaya (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Luke French 81-50, Zach Miner 22-13, Fu-Te Ni 6-6, Brandon Lyon 21-13, Bobby Seay 12-7, Joel Zumaya 53-31, Fernando Rodney 25-15, Freddy Dolsi 64-37
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Luke French 1-10, Zach Miner 2-0, Fu-Te Ni 1-1, Brandon Lyon 3-1, Joel Zumaya 2-1, Fernando Rodney 2-3, Freddy Dolsi 7-1
Batters Faced - Luke French 22, Zach Miner 7, Fu-Te Ni 2, Brandon Lyon 7, Bobby Seay 2, Joel Zumaya 10, Fernando Rodney 6, Freddy Dolsi 13
Minnesota Twins
Denard Span, LF-CF8152010 .292
Brendan Harris, SS8111015 .280
Joe Mauer, C6221102 .390
Justin Morneau, 1B7031132 .311
Michael Cuddyer, RF8032017 .280
Joe Crede, 3B8111004 .229
Delmon Young, DH6131111 .264
Carlos Gomez, CF4100004 .224
   a- Jason Kubel, PH-LF3000010 .304
Nick Punto, 2B2200200 .209
   b- Brian Buscher, PH1000010 .196
    Matt Tolbert, 2B2000010 .184
a-struck out for Gomez in the 10th
b-struck out for Punto in the 11th
2B - Justin Morneau (21, Dolsi), Michael Cuddyer (18, French), Delmon Young (6, Lyon)
3B - Denard Span (4, Miner), Brendan Harris (1, Miner)
HR - Joe Crede (12, Miner), Delmon Young (3, French)
SF - Joe Mauer (5)
RBI - Denard Span 2 (26), Brendan Harris (22), Joe Mauer (45), Justin Morneau (65), Michael Cuddyer 2 (44), Joe Crede (36), Delmon Young (24)
2-OUT RBI - Justin Morneau (19)
Team LOB - 12
DP - Tolbert-Morneau
E - Joe Mauer (2, Throwing)
Minnesota Twins
Kevin Slowey 3566041 4.86
Brian Duensing 3.2111121 4.05
Bobby Keppel 1.1100000 0.00
Joe Nathan 1000120 1.39
Matt Guerrier 2100010 2.65
Jose Mijares 2000030 2.16
R.A. Dickey (L,1-1) 3944000 2.96
HBP - Inge (by Kevin Slowey), Inge (by Bobby Keppel)
Pitches-Strikes - Kevin Slowey 51-36, Brian Duensing 39-26, Bobby Keppel 14-9, Joe Nathan 21-11, Matt Guerrier 19-16, Jose Mijares 32-24, R.A. Dickey 42-31
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kevin Slowey 2-3, Brian Duensing 3-6, Bobby Keppel 2-2, Joe Nathan 1-0, Matt Guerrier 2-3, Jose Mijares 3-1, R.A. Dickey 3-5
Batters Faced - Kevin Slowey 15, Brian Duensing 13, Bobby Keppel 6, Joe Nathan 4, Matt Guerrier 7, Jose Mijares 7, R.A. Dickey 17
Game Information
Attendance - 33368
Game Time - 5:07
Temperature - 69
Umpires - Home - Eric Cooper, First Base - Mike Reilly, Second Base - Chuck Meriwether, Third Base - Laz Diaz