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Tigers-Twins Preview

May 2, 2010 - 10:16 PM By ANTHONY GIORNALISTA STATS Senior Writer

Detroit (15-10) at Minnesota (15-9), 8:10 p.m. EDT

The Minnesota Twins couldn't get much going at the plate against the Detroit Tigers last week. Doing so could be even more challenging if they don't have Joe Mauer.

In a matchup for first place in the AL Central, the Twins may again be without the reigning AL MVP as they host the surging Tigers in the opener of a three-game series Monday night.

Minnesota (16-9) leads Detroit (16-10) by a half-game heading into the teams' second series of the season. The Twins beat the Tigers 2-0 on Tuesday night to kick off a three-game set, but dropped the next two contests, including a 3-0 loss in the finale Thursday.

That was the only time Minnesota has been shut out this season. The Twins now will likely have to get by without Mauer, who is expected to miss his third straight game and perhaps the rest of this series due to a bruised left heel.

Mauer was hurt Friday night in a 9-3 win over Cleveland when he awkwardly stepped on first base while trying to beat out an infield single.

"Joe is really sore," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "We're going to rest him until it is right."

Mauer went 1 for 11 in this season's first series with the Tigers, but he's batting .345 overall. Last season, he became the first catcher to be voted AL MVP since Ivan Rodriguez for Texas in 1999.

The Twins didn't seem to miss Mauer on Sunday, getting a strong performance from his replacement and posting a season-best 20 hits in an 8-3 win over the Indians. Minnesota recalled Wilson Ramos from Triple-A Rochester to give it some depth at catcher, and the top prospect was impressive in his major league debut, going 4 for 5.

Ramos is the first Twin with four hits in his debut since Kirby Puckett on May 8, 1984.

"I was relaxed because I played in Venezuela and there's a lot of crazy fans," Ramos said. "Now, I am very excited and very happy. Kirby Puckett - I never thought of my name with his."

If Ramos gets a second straight start, he will be Scott Baker's batterymate. Baker (2-2, 5.72 ERA) struggled versus the Tigers on Wednesday night, giving up five runs and nine hits in four innings of an 11-6 loss. The right-hander is 5-4 with a 4.60 ERA in 18 starts against Detroit.

Detroit will counter with Max Scherzer (1-1, 4.23), who matched up with Baker on Wednesday and didn't fare any better than his counterpart, giving up six runs and 10 hits in 3 2-3 innings. It was the right-hander's first appearance against the Twins.

Scherzer came into that game with a 2.63 ERA over his first four starts with Detroit.

The Tigers got an outstanding start from Justin Verlander on Sunday en route to a 5-1 win over the Los Angeles Angels. Detroit has won a season-high five straight, averaging 6.4 runs and batting .309.

Rookie center fielder Austin Jackson continues to be a bright spot for the Tigers, going 13 for 23 (.565) during the Tigers' winning streak. He went 4 for 8 with four runs in the final two games of last week's series with the Twins.

Jackson has filled in nicely as Detroit's leadoff hitter after being acquired in a trade that sent Curtis Granderson to the Yankees in the offseason.

"Right now, everybody is pretty much on his bandwagon because he's done so well," manager Jim Leyland said. "When is the last time you heard people talking about Curtis Granderson here? And, I don't mean that disrespectfully."






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    Tigers 4, Twins 10  FinalMay 4 3:00 AM


  • Twins 10, Tigers 4 - FINAL
    DETROIT ab r h rbi bb so lob avg
    A Jackson cf 5 1 3 1 0 0 0 .377
    J Damon dh 3 0 0 1 1 1 0 .316
    va-A Avila ph 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 .143
    M Ordonez rf 4 0 1 1 0 0 2 .283
    A Everett ss 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .171
    M Cabrera 1b 3 1 2 0 0 0 0 .349
    D Kelly

    May 3 10:40 PM


  • AL
    AT MINNESOTA - SCORING UPDATE
    TRIPLE BY AUSTIN JACKSON SCORED RAMON SANTIAGO
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, A JACKSON ON THIRD, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 4
    MINNESOTA 10 TOP,9TH
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: J DAMON (.316, 0-FOR-3, BB, RBI)

    Tigers 4, Twins 10  Top 9, 0 OutsMay 3 10:38 PM


  • AL
    AT MINNESOTA - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY NICK PUNTO SCORED J.J. HARDY
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, W RAMOS ON SECOND, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 3
    MINNESOTA 10 BOTTOM,5TH
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: D SPAN (.245, 1-FOR-3, 2 RBI)

    Tigers 3, Twins 10  Bot 5, 0 OutsMay 3 9:49 PM


  • AL
    AT MINNESOTA - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY WILSON RAMOS SCORED JASON KUBEL
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, W RAMOS ON SECOND, J HARDY ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 3
    MINNESOTA 9 BOTTOM,5TH
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: N PUNTO (.257, 0-FOR-1, BB)

    Tigers 3, Twins 9  Bot 5, 0 OutsMay 3 9:46 PM


  • AL
    AT MINNESOTA - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY J.J. HARDY SCORED MICHAEL CUDDYER
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J HARDY ON FIRST, J KUBEL ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 3
    MINNESOTA 8 BOTTOM,5TH
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: W RAMOS (.714, 1-FOR-2)

    Tigers 3, Twins 8  Bot 5, 0 OutsMay 3 9:42 PM


  • AL
    AT MINNESOTA - SCORING UPDATE
    GROUND OUT BY MAGGLIO ORDONEZ SCORED AUSTIN JACKSON
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, NONE ON, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 3
    MINNESOTA 7 TOP,5TH
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: M CABRERA (.352, 2-FOR-2)

    Tigers 3, Twins 7  Top 5, 0 OutsMay 3 9:32 PM


  • AL
    AT MINNESOTA - SCORING UPDATE
    GROUND OUT BY JOHNNY DAMON SCORED RAMON SANTIAGO
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, A JACKSON ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 2
    MINNESOTA 7 TOP,5TH
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: M ORDONEZ (.289, 1-FOR-2)

    Tigers 2, Twins 7  Top 5, 0 OutsMay 3 9:30 PM


  • AL
    AT MINNESOTA - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY BRENNAN BOESCH SCORED MIGUEL CABRERA
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, B BOESCH ON SECOND, 0 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 1
    MINNESOTA 7 TOP,4TH
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: B INGE (.253, 0-FOR-1)

    Tigers 1, Twins 7  Top 4, 0 OutsMay 3 9:13 PM


  • AL
    AT MINNESOTA - SCORING UPDATE
    GROUND OUT BY ORLANDO HUDSON SCORED DENARD SPAN
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, NONE ON, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 0
    MINNESOTA 7 BOTTOM,2ND
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: J MORNEAU (.349, 0-FOR-0, BB)

    Tigers 0, Twins 7  Bot 2, 0 OutsMay 3 8:48 PM


  • AL
    AT MINNESOTA - SCORING UPDATE
    TRIPLE BY DENARD SPAN SCORED NICK PUNTO AND WILSON RAMOS
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, D SPAN ON THIRD, 0 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 0
    MINNESOTA 6 BOTTOM,2ND
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: O HUDSON (.314, 1-FOR-1)

    Tigers 0, Twins 6  Bot 2, 0 OutsMay 3 8:47 PM


  • AL
    AT MINNESOTA - SCORING UPDATE
    THREE-RUN HOME RUN BY MICHAEL CUDDYER (4) TO LEFT CENTER
    WITH 1 OUT IN THE 1ST OFF MAX SCHERZER SCORED JIM THOME AND
    JUSTIN MORNEAU.
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 0, MINNESOTA 4
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: J KUBEL (.211, 2 HR, 10 RBI)

    Tigers 0, Twins 4  Bot 1, 0 OutsMay 3 8:29 PM


  • AL
    AT MINNESOTA - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JIM THOME SCORED ORLANDO HUDSON
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J THOME ON FIRST, J MORNEAU ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 0
    MINNESOTA 1 BOTTOM,1ST
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: M CUDDYER (.308, 3 HR, 18 RBI)

    Tigers 0, Twins 1  Bot 1, 0 OutsMay 3 8:27 PM