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Pavano strong in Twins debut, silences first-place Tigers

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DETROIT -- The Minnesota Twins got just what they needed from Carl Pavano and the usual from Denard Span and Joe Mauer.

He allowed only five hits over seven innings in his Minnesota debut, Span went 5 for 5 and Mauer homered and drove in three runs to lift the Twins to a 11-0 win over the Detroit Tigers on Saturday night.

Jose Mijares and Glen Perkins completed the combined six-hit shutout with an inning each for third-place Minnesota, which moved to within 4½ games of first place Detroit in the A.L. Central.

"I was glad to go out a put together a good outing right off the bat," Pavano said.

The Twins' starting rotation is in shambles and the team has been looking for some stability there.

"It was a kind of a pleasure to watch a guy who has been around for awhile use all of his pitches," Minnesota manger Ron Gardenhire said.

It was the second time in a week that Pavano (10-8) handcuffed the Tigers. Last Sunday, while with the Cleveland Indians, Pavano allowed Detroit only a run on six hits in eight innings in an 11-1 win. He is 4-0 with a 1.48 ERA against the Tigers this season.

"We had a different game plan against him tonight. We were going to more aggressive," Detroit's Brandon Inge said. "He adjusted and put us down. He's always throws the first strike and keeps ahead of the hitters."

The Twins acquired Pavano for a player to be named later on Friday.

He didn't walk a batter and struck out five.

"I thought the ball was a little higher than I'd like, but I was able to make some adjustments," Pavano said. "... I kind of pride myself on my command. I want to control both sides of the plate and go from there."

It was the second five-hit game of Span's career. The first was this past July 3, against Detroit. He is 9 for 11 in his last two games and a lifetime .444 hitter (40 for 90) against the Tigers.

"He hits us like he's in our meeting before the game," Detroit manager Jim Leyland said.

Span can't figure why he hits the Tigers so well.

"I'm at a loss for words, there's really no reason for it." he said.

Justin Verlander (12-6) allowed five runs and seven hits in six innings, walking two and striking out six. He now has a career-high 186 strikeouts.

"I had good stuff but made a couple of dumb pitches and that cost me," he said.

Mauer took advantage of one for a two-run homer in the first to give Minnesota a 2-0 lead. He drove Verlander's first pitch over the left-field fence for his 20th home run. It also scored Span, who led off with a double.

Pavano worked out of a bases-loaded one out jam in the second by striking out Adam Everett and getting Curtis Granderson on a groundout.

Alexi Casillas' sacrifice made it 3-0 in the fifth.

An outstanding play by third baseman Nick Punto got Pavano out of a first and third, one out situation in the Tigers' fifth. Playing even with the bag, Punto dove to his left to nab Placido Polanco's grounder. Punto then threw from his knees to Casillas at second, who made the relay to first for an inning-ending double play.

"That was huge," Gardenhire said. "A big momentum boost."

The Twins scored eight runs in the in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings.

Notes

  • Twins' manager Ron Gardenhire addressed comments made by umpire Hunter Wendelstedt after Wendelstedt ejected Gardenhire in the second inning of Friday night's game. One of the subjects of contention was Tiger pitcher Armando Galarraga's move to first, which Gardenhire said was a balk. "I would challenge [Gardenhire] to sit down and watch the replays," Wendelstedt said in published reports. "Because he was wrong. ... I'm going to invite him to my umpire school. If he wants to learn what a balk is, he can come down in January to umpire school and we'll teach him." Gardenhire's reply before the game on Saturday was: "If he'll agree to take the chances over, I'll go with him." Gardenhire and Wendelstedt have had problems in the past.
  • Detroit C Gerald Laird threw out his major league-leading 24th runner attempting to steal.
  • Twins' SS Orlando Cabrera was 1 for 5 to stretch his career-high hitting streak to 18 games.
 
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Carl Pavano makes the most of his first start with the Twins, allowing no runs in seven innings.  (AP)
Carl Pavano makes the most of his first start with the Twins, allowing no runs in seven innings. (AP)

Players of the Game
Minnesota

D. Span
AB 5
R 3
H 5
HR 0
RBI 1
Minnesota

C. Pavano
IP 7.0
H 5
ER 0
BB 0
K 5
 

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Minnesota Twins
Denard Span, CF5351000 .300
Orlando Cabrera, SS5112016 .288
Joe Mauer, C4123110 .366
Justin Morneau, 1B4112101 .303
Jason Kubel, DH5121022 .305
Michael Cuddyer, RF5110024 .270
Delmon Young, LF5011011 .263
Nick Punto, 3B3110110 .206
Alexi Casilla, 2B2211100 .167
Totals3811151148  
Batting
2B - Denard Span (7, Verlander), Jason Kubel (24, Verlander), Michael Cuddyer (23, Verlander)
3B - Orlando Cabrera (1, Lambert)
HR - Joe Mauer (20, Verlander)
SF - Alexi Casilla (1)
RBI - Denard Span (40), Orlando Cabrera 2 (46), Joe Mauer 3 (66), Justin Morneau 2 (91), Jason Kubel (62), Delmon Young (29), Alexi Casilla (9)
2-OUT RBI - Orlando Cabrera 2 (26), Joe Mauer (26), Delmon Young (11)
CS - Delmon Young (3, 2nd base by Verlander/Laird)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Punto-Casilla-Morneau
Minnesota Twins
Carl Pavano (W,10-8) 7500050 5.09
Jose Mijares 1000010 2.58
Glen Perkins 1100100 5.89
HBP - Inge (by Carl Pavano), Cabrera (by Carl Pavano)
Pitches-Strikes - Carl Pavano 90-61, Jose Mijares 14-9, Glen Perkins 19-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Carl Pavano 6-9, Jose Mijares 1-1, Glen Perkins 1-2
Batters Faced - Carl Pavano 27, Jose Mijares 3, Glen Perkins 5
Detroit Tigers
Curtis Granderson, CF3010013 .261
   a- Marcus Thames, PH-LF1000000 .256
Placido Polanco, 2B3010001 .272
    Ramon Santiago, 2B1000000 .250
Clete Thomas, LF-CF4000011 .262
Miguel Cabrera, 1B2000001 .329
    Ryan Raburn, 1B1000000 .259
Carlos Guillen, DH3000111 .229
Magglio Ordonez, RF4020011 .264
Brandon Inge, 3B3000011 .254
Gerald Laird, C4010002 .228
Adam Everett, SS3010013 .243
Totals3206016  
a-lined out for Granderson in the 8th
Batting
2B - Adam Everett (14, Pavano)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Polanco, Inge-Santiago-Raburn
E - Clete Thomas (4, Throwing)
Detroit Tigers
Justin Verlander (L,12-6) 6755261 3.45
Chris Lambert 1.2766210 32.40
Zach Miner 1.1100010 4.60
Pitches-Strikes - Justin Verlander 87-61, Chris Lambert 49-31, Zach Miner 10-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Justin Verlander 5-5, Chris Lambert 1-3, Zach Miner 2-0
Batters Faced - Justin Verlander 25, Chris Lambert 14, Zach Miner 4
Game Information
Attendance - 39685
Game Time - 2:34
Temperature - 74
Umpires - Home - Dana DeMuth, First Base - Doug Eddings, Second Base - Brian Knight, Third Base - Hunter Wendelstedt