Minnesota leads 1-0 (as of 8/22)
|Game 1: Friday, August 22|
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|Game 2: Saturday, August 23|
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|Game 3: Saturday, August 23|
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|Game 4: Sunday, August 24|
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8:10 PM ET, August 22, 2014
Target Field, Minneapolis, Minnesota
MINNEAPOLIS -- All those Cy Young awards, all that heat in their vaunted rotation, and there were the Detroit Tigers, staggering out to the field in the eighth inning with an infielder on the pitching mound.
After Andrew Romine served up two monster home runs in the inning, Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said he thought Romine was one of the bright spots on the night, showing just how bad the series opener against the last-place Minnesota Twins went for the Tigers.
Eduardo Escobar got a career-high five hits, including a homer and a triple, and the Twins batted around twice in a 20-6 rout of the Tigers on Friday night.
The 20 runs are the most in a major league game this season. Tigers pitchers walked nine and threw 214 pitches in the game, which is more than David Price and Rick Porcello threw combined in back-to-back complete games the two previous days.
"Every team goes through a few of these games," Ausmus said. "It always stings a little more when you're fighting in the pennant race at the end of August."
Danny Santana had a homer and four RBIs, and Oswaldo Arcia and Trevor Plouffe also homered for the Twins, who scored six runs in the second inning and nine in the sixth to drop the Tigers to 2 1/2 games behind Kansas City in the American League Central race.
Robbie Ray (1-4) lasted just 1 1/3 innings, giving up six runs and six hits.
Escobar and Santana hit two-run homers off Ray to get the Twins out to a 6-1 lead in the second inning. The short outing put a lot of stress on the Tigers' bullpen with three more games in the next two days.
"I lost a little command," Ray said. "It seems like they were on everything I was throwing."
Ausmus tried to get creative with his struggling relievers to keep them available through the weekend. No reliever pitched more than 1 2/3 innings before Romine entered.
Romine gave up a double to Kennys Vargas to begin the inning and then threw a wild pitch. Arcia and Plouffe followed with 822 feet of combined homers.
But Romine, who declined comment after the game, got a little mercy from the next batter, veteran Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki. He never swung the bat while striking out looking on a 3-2 pitch.
The Tigers scored four times in the fifth to cut the deficit to 6-5, but Minnesota sent 14 batters to the plate in the sixth inning to break it wide open. Joe Mauer came to the plate with the bases loaded twice in the inning, driving in two with a single and forcing one home on a walk, the sixth by a Tigers pitcher in a rugged frame that also included two errors from Kinsler at second base and Nick Castellanos at third.
"This was a bad game, embarrassing really," Ausmus said. "There's not much to say."
Mauer had two hits and three RBIs and Vargas had three hits and three RBIs for the Twins, who lead the majors in runs scored this month with 113 in 20 games.
Tigers: Ausmus said RHP Anibal Sanchez, on the disabled list with a right pectoral strain, played catch before the game. Ausmus said Sanchez reported that everything went fine and he would play catch again Saturday. Closer Joakim Soria (oblique) is scheduled to do some throwing Saturday as well.
The Twins will recall right-hander Yohan Pino (1-5, 5.37 ERA) from Triple-A Rochester to start the first game of a day-night doubleheader. He will face Tigers righty Buck Farmer (0-0, 7.20), who is being recalled from Triple-A Toledo. Both teams are allowed to call up a 26th player for the twinbill.
SWING AND A MISS
The Tigers were one of several teams in the market for Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo. However, the Boston Red Sox landed him with a seven-year, $72.5 million deal. Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski told Detroit reporters before the game that the Tigers had been scouting Castillo for a while and were very interested in landing him, even before trading center fielder Austin Jackson. But he also said their bid was not close to the one that won it for Boston.
"If we were in second place, there was a big difference in the first place," Dombrowski said.
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - AUGUST 22: Blaine Hardy #65 of the Detroit Tigers delivers a pitch against the Minnesota Twins...(Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
Regular Season Series
|Minnesota leads 10-9 (as of Fri 8/22)|
|Fri 4/25||DET 10, @MIN 6||Recap|
|Sat 4/26||@MIN 5, DET 3||Recap|
|Fri 5/9||MIN 2, @DET 1||Recap|
|Sat 5/10||@DET 9, MIN 3||Recap|
|Sun 5/11||MIN 4, @DET 3||Recap|
|Fri 6/13||MIN 2, @DET 0||Recap|
|Sat 6/14||@DET 12, MIN 9||Recap|
|Sun 6/15||@DET 4, MIN 3||Recap|
|» Fri 8/22||@MIN 20, DET 6||Box Score|
|Sat 8/23||@MIN 12, DET 4||Recap|
|Sat 8/23||DET 8, @MIN 6||Recap|
|Sun 8/24||DET 13, @MIN 4||Recap|
|Mon 9/15||DET 8, @MIN 6||Recap|
|Tue 9/16||@MIN 4, DET 3||Recap|
|Wed 9/17||@MIN 8, DET 4||Recap|
|Thu 9/25||@DET 4, MIN 2||Recap|
|Fri 9/26||MIN 11, @DET 4||Recap|
|Sat 9/27||MIN 12, @DET 3||Recap|
|Sun 9/28||@DET 3, MIN 0||Recap|
|Complete Schedule: Tigers | Twins|
|1st||I Kinsler homered to left center (418 feet).||1||0|
|2nd||O Arcia doubled to deep right center, K Vargas scored.||1||1|
|2nd||T Plouffe doubled to left, O Arcia scored.||1||2|
|2nd||E Escobar homered to left (385 feet), T Plouffe scored.||1||4|
|2nd||D Santana homered to left (388 feet), J Schafer scored.||1||6|
|5th||V Martinez singled to center, T Hunter scored, M Cabrera to second.||2||6|
|5th||J Martinez doubled to deep center, M Cabrera scored, V Martinez to third.||3||6|
|5th||N Castellanos reached on infield single to shortstop, V Martinez scored.||4||6|
|5th||B Holaday hit sacrifice fly to left, J Martinez scored, N Castellanos to third, E Suarez to second.||5||6|
|6th||B Dozier singled to left, E Escobar scored, J Schafer to third, D Santana to second.||5||7|
|6th||J Mauer singled to right center, J Schafer and D Santana scored, B Dozier to third.||5||9|
|6th||O Arcia grounded into fielder's choice to second, B Dozier scored on error by second baseman I Kinsler, J Mauer to third, K Vargas to second.||5||10|
|6th||T Plouffe grounded into fielder's choice to third, J Mauer and K Vargas scored, O Arcia safe at third on throwing error by third baseman N Castellanos.||5||12|
|6th||D Santana singled to center, O Arcia and T Plouffe scored, J Schafer to third.||5||14|
|6th||J Mauer walked, J Schafer scored, D Santana to third, B Dozier to second.||5||15|
|7th||J Schafer singled to left, T Plouffe scored, E Escobar to second.||5||16|
|7th||B Dozier walked, E Escobar scored, J Schafer to third, D Santana to second.||5||17|
|8th||A Avila grounded into fielder's choice to first, E Carrera scored, D Kelly out at second.||6||17|
|8th||O Arcia homered to right (414 feet), K Vargas scored.||6||19|
|8th||T Plouffe homered to left (422 feet).||6||20|
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|Stadium||Target Field, Minneapolis, MN|
|Attendance||29,394 (74.4% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||76 degrees, cloudy|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Tom Hallion, First Base - Hal Gibson III, Second Base - Chris Guccione, Third Base - Eric Cooper|
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