Hicks, Fulmer and Tigers rout slumping Twins 13-4

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Detroit Tigers have devised quite a system for getting production out of their emergency call-ups: get them to the ballpark as late as possible before throwing them into the lineup.

''Sometimes that's the best way to do it,'' manager Brad Ausmus said. ''Doesn't give you time to think about anything.''

John Hicks had three hits, including his first career homer, and drove in five runs to lead Michael Fulmer and the Detroit Tigers to a 13-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Sunday.

One day after the benches cleared when Tigers starter Matthew Boyd threw behind slugger Miguel Sano in retaliation for teammate JaCoby Jones being hit in the face, there was no sign of lingering hard feelings.

Fulmer (2-1) allowed two runs on four hits in seven innings, striking out seven. Jim Adduci had three hits and two RBIs on the day he arrived from Triple-A Toledo and Alex Avila hit a two-run homer for the Tigers. Victor Martinez added three hits and two RBIs.

Hicks came up from Toledo on Saturday morning after Miguel Cabrera was put on the disabled list and has gone 5 for 10 with a double, a homer and six RBIs in two Tigers wins.

Adduci had not played in the big leagues since 2014 with Texas. He woke up at 4:15 on Sunday morning, had his connecting flight in Chicago delayed, and arrived at Target Field about 90 minutes before the first pitch to learn that he was in the lineup and hitting seventh.

''It took a lot of nerves away,'' Adduci said. ''I was kind of tired, relaxed and it worked out great.''

Kyle Gibson (0-3) gave up seven runs - six earned - on eight hits in just 2 2/3 innings for the Twins, who went 2-7 on the home stand against AL Central opponents. Max Kepler and Eddie Rosario homered for the Twins, but Minnesota lost for the sixth time in seven games.

''It was not a good ending to not a very good home stand,'' Twins manager Paul Molitor said. ''Some of the games were good, but we had a couple of games that get your attention.''

Hicks hit a three-run homer in the ninth inning, prompting Molitor to go to backup catcher Chris Gimenez as his seventh relief pitcher. Gimenez got Andrew Romine to fly out to end the inning.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Tigers: Ausmus said he was optimistic that Cabrera (groin) would be ready to come off the disabled list when he is eligible on May 1. ... Ausmus also said OF J.D. Martinez ran outside for the first time since spraining his right foot in spring training and is on track to return some time in May.

Twins: LHP Buddy Boshers was recalled from Triple-A Rochester just for the day to take the place of RHP Justin Haley, who was put on the disabled list with biceps tendinitis. Boshers was sent back down after pitching 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief. ... The Twins also recalled 1B Kennys Vargas and sent the struggling LHP Adalberto Mejia to Rochester.

TWINS MISCUES

Left fielder Danny Santana threw out Ian Kinsler at home in the first inning, but was charged with an error after he couldn't hold on to a liner from Justin Upton in the second inning. Avila followed with his home run for a 2-0 lead.

In the sixth inning, Michael Tonkin got Nicholas Castellanos swinging to end the inning, but Jason Castro let the ball get by him for a passed ball. He scrambled to throw Castellanos at first base, but the ball sailed past Joe Mauer into right field, allowing Hicks and Romine to score for a 10-2 lead.

''It's frustrating mainly because I'm going out every five days and not really giving our team a chance to win, taxing the bullpen and putting them in a tough spot as well,'' Gibson said.

UP NEXT

Tigers: Detroit heads back home to start a series with Seattle. RHP Jordan Zimmermann (1-1, 5.94) starts the opener on Monday night Mariners ace Felix Hernandez (2-1, 3.65).

Twins: Minnesota starts a six-game road trip in Texas on Monday. RHP Phil Hughes (2-1, 5.40) starts the opener against Rangers LHP Martin Perez (1-2, 3.60).

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DET10-8
02500300313130
MIN8-10
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  • W: M. Fulmer (2-1)L: K. Gibson (0-3)
  • HR: DET - A. Avila (3), J. Hicks (1), MIN - E. Rosario (2), M. Kepler (2)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
I. Kinsler 2B51200014.217.373.383.7572.5
T. Collins CF50000014.229.245.292.537-0.5
N. Castellanos 3B42000121.240.288.507.7942.0
V. Martinez DH51320000.222.286.238.5247.0
J. Upton LF33100200.277.404.532.9356.0
A. Avila C51121026.364.462.8641.3256.0
J. Adduci RF42320110.750.8001.0001.8008.5
J. Hicks 1B52351002.500.500.9001.40013.0
A. Romine SS31000210.214.267.381.6482.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    B. Dozier 2B32100100.246.316.377.6935.0
    M. Kepler RF41121001.277.342.492.8357.0
    M. Sano 3B30110120.241.413.569.9822.0
    J. Mauer 1B20100001.222.269.254.5231.0
    a- K. Vargas PH-1B10000110.000.500.000.5000.5
    R. Grossman DH40100022.306.460.449.9090.0
    J. Castro C40000024.213.351.362.713-1.0
    E. Escobar SS40000000.233.343.367.7100.0
    E. Rosario CF41111000.230.266.344.6106.0
    D. Santana LF40000020.105.150.105.255-1.0
    • a-struck out for Mauer in the 6th
    BATTING
    • 2B - V. Martinez, J. Adduci
    • HR - A. Avila (3), J. Hicks
    • RBI - V. Martinez 2 (9), A. Avila 2 (7), J. Adduci 2 (2), J. Hicks 5 (6)
    • 2-Out RBI - V. Martinez (2), J. Adduci 2 (2), J. Hicks 5 (5)
    BATTING
    • 2B - B. Dozier (3)
    • HR - M. Kepler (2), E. Rosario (2)
    • RBI - M. Kepler 2 (9), M. Sano (14), E. Rosario (8)
    FIELDING
    • Outfield Assist - D. Santana
    • E - J. Castro, D. Santana
    • PB - J. Castro
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    M. Fulmer (W, 2-1)7.04221712.880.7127.5
    A. Sanchez0.222221114.346.00-5.5
    J. Wilson0.10000000.000.000.0
    J. Jimenez1.00000106.750.003.5
    PITCHERSIP
    M. Fulmer (W, 2-1)7.0
    A. Sanchez0.2
    J. Wilson0.1
    J. Jimenez1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    K. Gibson (L, 0-3)2.28762319.003.75-13.5
    B. Boshers2.10001100.000.435.5
    M. Tonkin0.22302303.866.00-2.5
    C. Breslow1.10001103.380.752.5
    B. Kintzler1.00000000.000.003.0
    R. Pressly0.233300110.804.50-6.0
    C. Gimenez0.10000000.000.000.0
    PITCHING
    • WP - M. Fulmer
    • Pitches-Strikes - M. Fulmer 98-61, A. Sanchez 30-16, J. Wilson 1-1, J. Jimenez 11-9
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Fulmer 10-4, A. Sanchez 1-0, J. Wilson 1-0, J. Jimenez 2-0
    • Batters Faced - M. Fulmer 26, A. Sanchez 6, J. Wilson, J. Jimenez 3
    PITCHING
    • WP - M. Tonkin
    • Pitches-Strikes - K. Gibson 71-39, B. Boshers 30-20, M. Tonkin 31-17, C. Breslow 19-10, B. Kintzler 12-8, R. Pressly 13-7, C. Gimenez 4-3
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Gibson 2-2, B. Boshers 2-4, C. Breslow 1-1, B. Kintzler 1-2, R. Pressly 1-1
    • Batters Faced - K. Gibson 17, B. Boshers 8, M. Tonkin 7, C. Breslow 4, B. Kintzler 3, R. Pressly 5, C. Gimenez
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    DET10-8
    02500300313130
    MIN8-10
    100010020462
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    I. Kinsler 2B51200014.217.373.383.7572.5
    T. Collins CF50000014.229.245.292.537-0.5
    N. Castellanos 3B42000121.240.288.507.7942.0
    V. Martinez DH51320000.222.286.238.5247.0
    J. Upton LF33100200.277.404.532.9356.0
    A. Avila C51121026.364.462.8641.3256.0
    J. Adduci RF42320110.750.8001.0001.8008.5
    J. Hicks 1B52351002.500.500.9001.40013.0
    A. Romine SS31000210.214.267.381.6482.5
    Total3913131126817-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      B. Dozier 2B32100100.246.316.377.6935.0
      M. Kepler RF41121001.277.342.492.8357.0
      M. Sano 3B30110120.241.413.569.9822.0
      J. Mauer 1B20100001.222.269.254.5231.0
      a- K. Vargas PH-1B10000110.000.500.000.5000.5
      R. Grossman DH40100022.306.460.449.9090.0
      J. Castro C40000024.213.351.362.713-1.0
      E. Escobar SS40000000.233.343.367.7100.0
      E. Rosario CF41111000.230.266.344.6106.0
      D. Santana LF40000020.105.150.105.255-1.0
      Total334642398-----
      • a-struck out for Mauer in the 6th
      BATTING
      • 2B - V. Martinez, J. Adduci
      • HR - A. Avila (3), J. Hicks
      • RBI - V. Martinez 2 (9), A. Avila 2 (7), J. Adduci 2 (2), J. Hicks 5 (6)
      • 2-Out RBI - V. Martinez (2), J. Adduci 2 (2), J. Hicks 5 (5)
      BATTING
      • 2B - B. Dozier (3)
      • HR - M. Kepler (2), E. Rosario (2)
      • RBI - M. Kepler 2 (9), M. Sano (14), E. Rosario (8)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - D. Santana
      • E - J. Castro, D. Santana
      • PB - J. Castro
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Fulmer (W, 2-1)7.04221712.880.7127.5
      A. Sanchez0.222221114.346.00-5.5
      J. Wilson0.10000000.000.000.0
      J. Jimenez1.00000106.750.003.5
      Total9.0644392---
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Fulmer (W, 2-1)7.0
      A. Sanchez0.2
      J. Wilson0.1
      J. Jimenez1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      K. Gibson (L, 0-3)2.28762319.003.75-13.5
      B. Boshers2.10001100.000.435.5
      M. Tonkin0.22302303.866.00-2.5
      C. Breslow1.10001103.380.752.5
      B. Kintzler1.00000000.000.003.0
      R. Pressly0.233300110.804.50-6.0
      C. Gimenez0.10000000.000.000.0
      Total9.013139682---
      PITCHERSIP
      K. Gibson (L, 0-3)2.2
      B. Boshers2.1
      M. Tonkin0.2
      C. Breslow1.1
      B. Kintzler1.0
      R. Pressly0.2
      C. Gimenez0.1
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - M. Fulmer
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Fulmer 98-61, A. Sanchez 30-16, J. Wilson 1-1, J. Jimenez 11-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Fulmer 10-4, A. Sanchez 1-0, J. Wilson 1-0, J. Jimenez 2-0
      • Batters Faced - M. Fulmer 26, A. Sanchez 6, J. Wilson, J. Jimenez 3
      PITCHING
      • WP - M. Tonkin
      • Pitches-Strikes - K. Gibson 71-39, B. Boshers 30-20, M. Tonkin 31-17, C. Breslow 19-10, B. Kintzler 12-8, R. Pressly 13-7, C. Gimenez 4-3
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Gibson 2-2, B. Boshers 2-4, C. Breslow 1-1, B. Kintzler 1-2, R. Pressly 1-1
      • Batters Faced - K. Gibson 17, B. Boshers 8, M. Tonkin 7, C. Breslow 4, B. Kintzler 3, R. Pressly 5, C. Gimenez
      • 9TH INNING
        Hicks homered to left, Upton and Adduci scored134
      • 8TH INNING
        Kepler homered to right center, Dozier scored104
      • 6TH INNING
        Martinez doubled to left center, Castellanos scored102
        Castellanos struck out, reached on passed ball, Hicks and Romine scored on catcher Castro fielding error122
        Hicks and Romine scored on passed ball102
      • 5TH INNING
        Rosario homered to left72
      • 3RD INNING
        Hicks singled to right, Upton and Adduci scored71
        Adduci doubled to left, Castellanos and Martinez scored, Upton to third51
        Martinez singled to right center, Kinsler scored, Castellanos to second31
      • 2ND INNING
        Avila homered to right center, Upton scored21
      • 1ST INNING
        Sano singled to right, Dozier scored01
      • 9TH INNING
        • R. Pressly Pitching:
        • V. Martinez: Martinez grounded out to third
        • J. Upton: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Upton singled to right
        • A. Avila: Ball, Ball, Avila lined out to left
        • J. Adduci: Ball, Adduci singled to center, Upton to second
        • J. Hicks: Ball, Hicks homered to left, Upton and Adduci scored
        • A. Romine: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Romine flied out to center
        • Middle of the 9th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Jimenez Pitching:
        • E. Escobar: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Escobar grounded out to second
        • E. Rosario: Strike looking, Rosario grounded out to second
        • D. Santana: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Santana struck out swinging
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • B. Kintzler Pitching:
        • I. Kinsler: Strike looking, Kinsler flied out to deep center
        • T. Collins: Foul, Ball, Collins grounded out to second
        • N. Castellanos: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Castellanos lined out to right
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Sanchez Pitching:
        • D. Santana: Strike looking, Santana grounded out to second
        • B. Dozier: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Dozier walked
        • M. Kepler: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Kepler homered to right center, Dozier scored
        • M. Sano: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Sano struck out swinging
        • K. Vargas: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Vargas walked
        • R. Grossman: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Grossman singled to left center, Vargas to third
        • J. Castro: Castro grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 8th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • C. Breslow Pitching:
        • J. Adduci: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Adduci walked
        • J. Hicks: Ball, Foul, Hicks grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Adduci out at second
        • A. Romine: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Romine flied out to center
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Fulmer Pitching:
        • J. Castro: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Castro struck out looking
        • E. Escobar: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Escobar popped out to shortstop
        • E. Rosario: Rosario grounded out to first
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • M. Tonkin Pitching:
        • J. Hicks: Ball, Strike looking, Hicks singled to center
        • A. Romine: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Romine walked, Hicks to second
        • I. Kinsler: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Kinsler struck out swinging
        • T. Collins: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Collins struck out swinging
        • N. Castellanos: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Hicks and Romine scored on passed ball, Foul, Castellanos struck out, reached on passed ball, Hicks and Romine scored on catcher Castro fielding error
        • V. Martinez: Martinez doubled to left center, Castellanos scored
        • J. Upton: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Upton walked
        • A. Avila: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Avila struck out looking
        • Middle of the 6th (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
        • M. Fulmer Pitching:
        • M. Sano: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Sano struck out swinging
        • K. Vargas: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Vargas struck out swinging
        • R. Grossman: Foul, Grossman grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • B. Boshers Pitching:
        • J. Upton: Upton lined out to left
        • A. Avila: Avila lined out to second
        • J. Adduci: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Adduci struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Fulmer Pitching:
        • E. Rosario: Ball, Ball, Rosario homered to left
        • D. Santana: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Santana struck out swinging
        • B. Dozier: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Dozier grounded out to shortstop
        • M. Kepler: Strike swinging, Kepler grounded out to first
        • End of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • B. Boshers Pitching:
        • T. Collins: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Collins lined out to left
        • N. Castellanos: Strike looking, Ball, Castellanos grounded out to shortstop
        • V. Martinez: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Martinez grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Fulmer Pitching:
        • R. Grossman: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Grossman struck out looking
        • J. Castro: Strike swinging, Ball, Castro grounded out to second
        • E. Escobar: Strike looking, Ball, Escobar grounded out to second
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • K. Gibson Pitching:
        • I. Kinsler: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Kinsler singled to right
        • T. Collins: Collins grounded out to shortstop, Kinsler to second
        • N. Castellanos: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Castellanos walked
        • V. Martinez: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Martinez singled to right center, Kinsler scored, Castellanos to second
        • J. Upton: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Upton walked, Castellanos to third, Martinez to second
        • A. Avila: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Avila struck out swinging
        • J. Adduci: Ball, Adduci doubled to left, Castellanos and Martinez scored, Upton to third
        • J. Hicks: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Hicks singled to right, Upton and Adduci scored
        • A. Romine: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Romine walked, Hicks to second
        • I. Kinsler: Strike looking, Strike looking, Kinsler flied out to center
        • Middle of the 3rd (5 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Fulmer Pitching:
        • B. Dozier: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Dozier lined out to left
        • M. Kepler: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Kepler grounded out to second
        • M. Sano: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Sano walked
        • J. Mauer: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Mauer flied out to deep left
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • K. Gibson Pitching:
        • J. Upton: Strike looking, Ball, Upton safe at first on center fielder Santana fielding error, Upton to second
        • A. Avila: Ball, Ball, Avila homered to right center, Upton scored
        • J. Adduci: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Adduci singled to left
        • J. Hicks: Strike swinging, Hicks grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Adduci out at second
        • A. Romine: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Romine struck out looking
        • Middle of the 2nd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
        • M. Fulmer Pitching:
        • E. Escobar: Escobar lined out to center
        • E. Rosario: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Rosario grounded out to pitcher
        • D. Santana: Ball, Ball, Santana grounded out to second
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • K. Gibson Pitching:
        • I. Kinsler: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Kinsler singled to center
        • T. Collins: Strike looking, Collins flied out to deep right, Kinsler to second
        • N. Castellanos: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Castellanos struck out swinging
        • V. Martinez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Martinez singled to left, Kinsler out at home
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Fulmer Pitching:
        • B. Dozier: Dozier doubled to left center
        • M. Kepler: Ball, Kepler grounded out to first, Dozier to third
        • M. Sano: Ball, Foul, Foul, Sano singled to right, Dozier scored
        • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Mauer singled to right, Sano to third
        • R. Grossman: Ball, Strike swinging, Mauer to second on wild pitch, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Grossman struck out looking
        • J. Castro: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Castro struck out swinging
        • End of the 1st (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)