The Minnesota Twins won the series opener Monday against the Detroit Tigers without an extra-base hit. Thirteen hits, all singles.
Early on Tuesday's game in Detroit, the Twins were on a similar course as their first three hits were all singles. But a two-run homer by Josh Willingham changed that, and Minnesota continued to flex its muscle the rest of the night en route to an 8-6 win over the Tigers for a season-high fifth straight win.
"We've got guys that can hit," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said after Tuesday's win. "We've got guys that can drive a baseball. We saw that out of spring training. These guys can do it. Josh has been doing it all year long."
Willingham, Trevor Plouffe and Joe Mauer all homered in Tuesday's victory, which improved Minnesota's record to 35-45. Willingham's blast tied him momentarily with Plouffe for the team lead at 18 homers. Just two batters later, though, Plouffe took the lead right back with a two-run home run of his own. The right-handed slugg...