Twins Deny Tigers Chance To Clinch, Win 12-3
The Minnesota Twins scored double digit runs in the second consecutive night as they pounded the Detroit Tigers 12-3 at Comerica Park Saturday night. Detroit (89-71) was hoping to clinch their fourth straight American League Central Division title with a win and a Kansas City loss. The Tigers did take the early lead with a Nick Castellanos solo home run in the second inning, Castellanos would also drive in Detroit's two other runs with RBI in the sixth and eighth innings. However Minnesota (70-91) exploded for six runs in the fifth with RBI singles from Brian Dozier, Eduardo Escobar and Eric Fryer. The Twins added two more in the seventh then capped off the night with a four run eighth inning punctuated by home runs from Dozier and Escobar who's three run shot gave him six RBI in the game. Kyle Lobstein (1-2) pitched 4 2/3 innings giving up six uns in the loss and Ricky Nolasco (6-12) pitched six innings striking out six in the win. The regular season finale will be played Sunday afternoon at Comerica Park with the Tigers needing a win to clinch the division. David Price (14-12) will take the mound for the Tigers and Kyle Gibson (13-11) will start for Minnesota. Pregame coverage begins at 12:40pm on Lansing's Big Talker 1240 WJIM.