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Crede's hits slam in 13th, Twins 14-10 over Tigers

May 14, 2009 - 6:13 AM By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Sports Writer

MINNEAPOLIS(AP) -- Joe Crede thrust both arms in the air once the ball was safely in the seats, as much a sign of relief as celebration while he began his game-ending trot around the bases.

It took 13 innings, four hours and 48 minutes, but Crede's two-out, two-strike grand slam gave the Minnesota Twins a 14-10 victory over the Tigers just before midnight Wednesday - long after Dontrelle Willis made his first start of the season for Detroit.

It has taken him about a month to get going, but Crede is feeling comfortable with his new team. He's hitting .237, but he's fitting in just fine.

"These guys have been great so far this year. It's going to be fun to see what this team can do," said Crede, who has 15 hits, 10 RBIs and four homers in his last 12 games.

This was his seventh career grand slam. He hit one in 2002 with the Chicago White Sox that ended a game, too.

"You always remember those," Crede said, smiling as he quickly recalled the details.

The middle innings of this game featured a flurry of back-and-forth rallies. Then both teams stopped hitting until the Twins mounted their final push. Matt Tolbert's single that Josh Anderson nearly caught but trapped in left field tied it at 10 against Brandon Lyon (1-3), who walked Michael Cuddyer to load the bases before Crede came up.

Crede almost ended the game in the 12th against Lyon, but that drive was caught by Curtis Granderson with his shoulder against the wall in center field. Lyon threw 60 pitches over 2 2-3 innings.

"I think it just shows the character of this team," said Denard Span, who hit a two-run triple to give the Twins the lead in the sixth. "We do this once a week, it seems like."

The super-speedy Granderson helped Detroit take a 10-9 lead in the top half of the 13th with a little trickery on the bases. He tripled with one out before Jesse Crain (2-1) retired Placido Polanco on a flyball too shallow to score on.

With Anderson batting, Granderson faked a break for home as if he were going to steal. Crain flinched, and the right-hander brought his throwing hand out of his glove before starting his motion - thus the balk call. Fans booed, but the Twins didn't argue.

Justin Morneau greeted Willis by smashing a two-run homer in the first, but the Tigers scored four times in the eighth on homers by Miguel Cabrera and Jeff Larish. Cabrera's was a three-run shot, on the first pitch by Matt Guerrier. But pinch-hitter Jason Kubel's first-pitch, two-run homer off hard-throwing Joel Zumaya tied it at 9 in the bottom half.

The final decision didn't come until Crede's big hit about an hour later.

"Everybody needed that ... except maybe the other side," said manager Ron Gardenhire, as Thursday's noon start time loomed.

"I've still got to pack," Span said.

Manager Jim Leyland, his voice rising with the cigarette smoke in his office before the game, declared Tuesday's 6-2 defeat the most disappointed he's been in the Tigers all season - citing too many missed opportunities by his offense. He was worked up in the seventh inning, too, drawing an ejection after rushing to scream at plate umpire Paul Schrieber.

Leyland was in no mood to talk about that afterward.

"Did you see what happened? Then write what you saw. I don't have to say a word. You write what you saw," he said.

Four walks and two wild pitches contributed to five runs in 5 1-3 innings against Minnesota's Glen Perkins, who gave up struggling slugger Magglio Ordonez's second double of the season in front of a homer by Brandon Inge that put Detroit up 5-4 in the sixth.

"We hung in there," Inge said, adding: "That was a classic battle right there."

Willis gave up eight hits, four runs and two walks in 4 2-3 innings, but it was a decent start considering all he's come back from. He was sent to Class A last year to work on his control, and he had been on the disabled list this spring due to an anxiety disorder.

The lively lefty with the sharp, sweeping delivery looked like his usual self, bouncing around the mound between at-bats and pointing encouraging fingers toward his infielders. He nodded so many times, pumping himself up, he looked like a bobblehead doll.

"All in all I felt good. I really had a good time out there," Willis said.

Notes: Adam Everett hit a two-run, two-out single against Perkins in the fourth. With help from Ramon Santiago, the Tigers lead the league with 28 RBIs from the SS position. ... After finishing eight innings in each of his first three starts, Perkins hasn't pitched past the sixth in his last four turns.








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    MINNESOTA 2 0 1 1 0 3 0 2 0
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    DETROIT 0 0 0 1 10 14 1
    MINNESOTA 0 0 0 5 14 17 0 (FINAL 13)

    BATTERIES: DET

    May 14 12:58 AM


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    AT MINNESOTA - SCORING UPDATE
    GRAND SLAM BY JOE CREDE (5) TO LEFT WITH 2 OUT IN THE 13TH
    OFF BRANDON LYON SCORED MATT TOLBERT, JUSTIN MORNEAU AND MICHAEL
    CUDDYER.
    FINAL SCORE: MINNESOTA 14, DETROIT 10

    Tigers 10, Twins 14  Bot 13, 0 OutsMay 14 12:58 AM


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    AT MINNESOTA - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY MATT TOLBERT SCORED NICK PUNTO.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, M TOLBERT ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 10
    MINNESOTA 10 BOTTOM, 13TH
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: J MAUER (.475, 1-FOR-4, 2 BB, RBI)

    Tigers 10, Twins 10  Bot 13, 0 OutsMay 14 12:48 AM
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    Tigers 10, Twins 9  Bot 13, 0 OutsMay 14 12:42 AM


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    AT MINNESOTA - SCORING UPDATE
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    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, NONE ON, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 10
    MINNESOTA 9 TOP, 13TH
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: C THOMAS (.357, 2-FOR-6)

    Tigers 10, Twins 9  Top 13, 0 OutsMay 14 12:41 AM
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    AT MINNESOTA - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY JASON KUBEL (5) TO RIGHT CENTER WITH 1
    OUT IN THE 8TH OFF JOEL ZUMAYA SCORED MIKE REDMOND.
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 9, MINNESOTA 9
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: D SPAN (.300, 1-FOR-3, BB, 2 RBI)

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    AT MINNESOTA - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY JEFF LARISH (4) TO CENTER WITH 1 OUT IN
    THE 7TH OFF MATT GUERRIER.
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 9, MINNESOTA 7
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: B INGE (.283, 2-FOR-2, BB, HR, 2 RBI)

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    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 8, MINNESOTA 7
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: M ORDONEZ (.243, 1-FOR-3)

    Tigers 8, Twins 7  Top 7, 0 OutsMay 13 10:34 PM


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    AT MINNESOTA - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY MATT TOLBERT SCORED DENARD SPAN.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, NONE ON, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 5
    MINNESOTA 7 BOTTOM, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: J MAUER (.500, 1-FOR-2, BB, RBI)

    Tigers 5, Twins 7  Bot 6, 0 OutsMay 13 10:25 PM


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    TRIPLE BY DENARD SPAN SCORED BRENDAN HARRIS AND CARLOS
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    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, D SPAN ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 5
    MINNESOTA 6 BOTTOM, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: M TOLBERT (.217, 1-FOR-2, SAC)

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    AT MINNESOTA - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY BRANDON INGE (9) TO LEFT WITH 1 OUT IN
    THE 6TH OFF GLEN PERKINS SCORED MAGGLIO ORDONEZ.
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 5, MINNESOTA 4
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: A EVERETT (.288, 1-FOR-2, 2 RBI)

    Tigers 5, Twins 4  Top 6, 0 OutsMay 13 9:58 PM


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    AT MINNESOTA - SCORING UPDATE
    WILD PITCH BY GLEN PERKINS ALLOWED CURTIS GRANDERSON TO
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    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, NONE ON, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 3
    MINNESOTA 4 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: C THOMAS (.333, 0-FOR-2)

    Tigers 3, Twins 4  Top 5, 0 OutsMay 13 9:35 PM


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    AT MINNESOTA - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY CARLOS GOMEZ SCORED BRENDAN HARRIS.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, M REDMOND ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 2
    MINNESOTA 4 BOTTOM, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: D SPAN (.297, 0-FOR-1, BB)

    Tigers 2, Twins 4  Bot 4, 0 OutsMay 13 9:23 PM


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    AT MINNESOTA - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY ADAM EVERETT SCORED MIGUEL CABRERA AND JEFF
    LARISH.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, A EVERETT ON FIRST, B INGE ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 2
    MINNESOTA 3 TOP, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: D SARDINHA (.100, 0-FOR-1)

    Tigers 2, Twins 3  Top 4, 0 OutsMay 13 9:19 PM


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    AT MINNESOTA - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JOE MAUER SCORED MATT TOLBERT.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J MAUER ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 0
    MINNESOTA 3 BOTTOM, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: J MORNEAU (.320, 1-FOR-1, HR, 2 RBI)

    Tigers 0, Twins 3  Bot 3, 0 OutsMay 13 8:57 PM


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    AT MINNESOTA - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY JUSTIN MORNEAU (9) TO CENTER WITH 2 OUT
    IN THE 1ST OFF DONTRELLE WILLIS SCORED JOE MAUER.
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 0, MINNESOTA 2
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: M CUDDYER (.272, 3 HR, 18 RBI)

    Tigers 0, Twins 2  Bot 1, 0 OutsMay 13 8:25 PM