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Twins hold off Tigers, hold four-game Central lead

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Sluggish throughout a homestand opener against the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday night, the Minnesota Twins never needed their bullpen more.

Matt Guerrier, Randy Flores, Jesse Crain and Matt Capps came through in a huge way for the Twins, showing perhaps the biggest reason they hold such a big lead over the Tigers with one month to play.

Delmon Young had two hits, including the go-ahead single in the seventh against Detroit's bumbling bullpen, to lift the Twins to a 4-3 victory over the Tigers.

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Guerrier (3-7), Flores, Crain and Capps combined to allow one hit over 2 1/3 innings as the Twins scratched their way back from a 3-0 deficit.

"We all try to build off each other," Crain said. "Everyone out there, we've all been in hold situations, save situations. So we feel anytime we go out there we treat it the same way, as if it's the ninth inning."

Young's big hit came after Tigers reliever Phil Coke (7-4) hit two batters to load the bases and Ryan Perry walked in the tying run.

Danny Valencia had three hits and an RBI and Brian Duensing gave up three unearned runs on nine hits in 6 2/3 innings for the Twins, who stayed four games ahead of the Chicago White Sox in the AL Central.

The Twins committed two errors that led to all three Tigers runs, had a runner thrown out at home by 30 feet to end a rally and had injuries to Jason Kubel, Brian Fuentes and possibly Orlando Hudson.

"Ugly game," manager Ron Gardenhire said.

Kubel was hit on the left hand by Coke in the seventh. He was taken for X-rays, which showed no break. Fuentes's back locked up on him while warming in the bullpen and both players could miss a few days. Hudson has been battling an injured foot and Gardenhire said he would be re-evaluated on Wednesday.

The Twins said they planned to recall infielder Trevor Plouffe and catcher Jose Morales on Wednesday for reinforcements.

Jhonny Peralta had three hits and an RBI for the Tigers, but struck out with the tying run at third base to end the game. Armando Galarraga gave up two runs on eight hits in six innings and left with a 3-2 lead before the Tigers bullpen faltered.

"Two walks, two hit batsmen in a one-run game against a good team, or any team, that just can't happen," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said.

The lefty Coke started the seventh inning and walked J.J. Hardy. Denard Span bunted him over and then Coke hit lefties Joe Mauer and Jason Kubel to load the bases. Manager Jim Leyland went to the righty Perry against Michael Cuddyer, who walked on four pitches to tie the game.

"I wasn't able to put it in the zone when I needed it," said Perry, whose Tigers fell 11 games behind Minnesota.

Young followed with a sharp single to right field for the lead, but the inning ended when Kubel was thrown out at home plate.

Duensing dropped his ERA to 2.04, giving up three unearned runs.

Hardy's throwing error in the first inning led to two unearned runs for the Tigers on singles by Peralta and Brandon Inge. Hudson then short-hopped a throw to Cuddyer at first base in the second inning, allowing Casper Wells to come around and score for a 3-0 lead.

Cuddyer certainly wasn't at fault for not scooping the throw, but it's a play that Justin Morneau, a natural first baseman, has made regularly over the years. But the All-Star first baseman has been out since the first week of July with a concussion, and he doesn't appear to be coming back anytime soon.

Doctors told the former AL MVP to stay home until Friday at least. Manager Ron Gardenhire said it was not a set back, but there is no denying that Morneau isn't much closer to returning than he was when he started taking swings at Target Field a few weeks ago.

The Twins also were without Jim Thome, who was given another day off to rest his stiff back. He is listed as day-to-day.

"We didn't play very well for about six or seven innings," Gardenhire said. "Nothing was happening good for us. We didn't play good defense. We didn't hit much. We stayed after the game and it got exciting there as we went along."

Notes

  • The Tigers said they will call up RHP Robbie Weinhardt on Wednesday when rosters expand. Weinhardt was 1-1 with a 1.62 ERA in 23 games at Triple-A Toledo. It will be his second callup of the season.
  • With Thome on the bench, LF Young was given his first DH day of the season. Jason Repko played in LF and made an excellent leaping catch at the wall to take a hit away from Alex Avila in the sixth inning.
  • Twins INF Nick Punto (hamstring) did some light running on Tuesday and said he planned to ramp up his workouts as the week progressed.
 
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Matt Capps celebrates his 33rd save of the season and seventh since joining Minnesota.  (AP)
Matt Capps celebrates his 33rd save of the season and seventh since joining Minnesota. (AP)

Players of the Game
Minnesota

D. Valencia
AB 4
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
Detroit

C. Wells
AB 3
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
 
Detroit Tigers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Austin Jackson, CF5100014 .304
Will Rhymes, 2B5020002 .320
Ryan Raburn, LF5000004 .249
Miguel Cabrera, 1B5110012 .340
Jhonny Peralta, SS5031011 .249
Brandon Inge, 3B4011003 .254
Johnny Damon, DH4000012 .268
Casper Wells, RF3130000 .375
   a- Brennan Boesch, PH-RF1000000 .269
Alex Avila, C1000201 .215
Totals38310224  
a-grounded out for Wells in the 8th
Batting
2B - Casper Wells 2 (5, Duensing, Duensing)
RBI - Jhonny Peralta (62), Brandon Inge (54)
2-OUT RBI - Jhonny Peralta (25), Brandon Inge (15)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Casper Wells 1
Detroit Tigers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Armando Galarraga 6822020 3.98
Phil Coke (H,15; L,7-4) 0.2022110 2.80
Ryan Perry (BS,2) 1.1200100 4.24
HBP - Mauer (by Phil Coke), Kubel (by Phil Coke)
Pitches-Strikes - Armando Galarraga 92-62, Phil Coke 19-9, Ryan Perry 17-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Armando Galarraga 7-9, Phil Coke 1-0, Ryan Perry 2-0
Batters Faced - Armando Galarraga 26, Phil Coke 5, Ryan Perry 5
Minnesota Twins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Denard Span, CF3010001 .270
Orlando Hudson, 2B4010032 .284
Joe Mauer, C3210002 .327
Jason Kubel, RF3000002 .257
Michael Cuddyer, 1B3112100 .274
Delmon Young, DH-LF4021000 .307
Danny Valencia, 3B4031000 .328
Jason Repko, LF-RF4010004 .222
J.J. Hardy, SS2000101 .259
    Alexi Casilla, PR-SS1100000 .281
Totals31410423  
Batting
2B - Joe Mauer (41, Galarraga), Danny Valencia 2 (16, Galarraga, Galarraga)
SH - Denard Span (8)
RBI - Michael Cuddyer 2 (68), Delmon Young (92), Danny Valencia (23)
2-OUT RBI - Michael Cuddyer 2 (35), Delmon Young (38), Danny Valencia (10)
SB - Denard Span (20, 2nd base off Galarraga/Avila)
CS - Jason Repko (2, 2nd base by Perry/Avila)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
E - J.J. Hardy (7, Throwing), Orlando Hudson (7, Throwing)
Minnesota Twins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Brian Duensing 6.2930120 2.04
Matt Guerrier (W,3-7) 0.1000000 3.49
Randy Flores (H,6) 0.1000000 2.89
Jesse Crain (H,16) 0.2000110 2.56
Matt Capps (S,33) 1100010 2.55
HBP - Avila (by Brian Duensing)
WP - Matt Capps (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Brian Duensing 103-63, Matt Guerrier 7-4, Randy Flores 4-2, Jesse Crain 10-6, Matt Capps 19-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brian Duensing 9-10, Randy Flores 1-0, Jesse Crain 1-0, Matt Capps 2-0
Batters Faced - Brian Duensing 32, Matt Guerrier 1, Randy Flores 1, Jesse Crain 3, Matt Capps 4
Game Information
Attendance - 40186
Game Time - 3:03
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - Joe West, First Base - Angel Hernandez, Second Base - Dan Bellino, Third Base - Rob Drake