Found August 13, 2012 on Fox Sports Detroit:
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Darin Mastroianni and Ryan Doumit each homered and drove in three runs, Samuel Deduno baffled the struggling Detroit Tigers for seven innings and the Minnesota Twins snapped a four-game losing streak with a 9-3 victory Monday night. Deduno (4-0) held Detroit hitless through four innings and retired nine of 10 batters before getting into trouble in the eighth. The 29-year-old right-hander struck out six and remained undefeated in seven career starts. Doumit broke it open with a three-run homer off reliever Duane Below that made it 8-1 in the seventh. Joe Mauer added three hits to raise his average to .321. Miguel Cabrera got his 99th RBI for Detroit, which has lost three straight and five of six. Mastroianni gave the Twins a 2-1 lead with a solo homer in the fifth. The soaring fly ball bounced off the top of the left-center wall -- just over the glove of a leaping Andy Dirks -- and into the stands. It wasn't the only fortunate bounce the Twins got. With runners on first and third and one run already home in the Detroit fifth, Dirks lined a pitch off Deduno's glove that ricocheted to second baseman Alexi Casilla, who caught it and doubled off Omar Infante at first to end the inning. Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez (1-3) took a grounder off his left knee in the first, but stayed in the game. He allowed five runs and 12 hits over 5 1-3 innings. The right-hander has an 8.41 ERA since being acquired in a trade with Florida on July 23. Detroit's offense, which had at least 10 hits in eight of 11 August games entering Monday, couldn't figure out Deduno's cutter and mixture of off-speed stuff until it was too late. Mostly an afterthought when the season started, Deduno has managed control issues to become an effective starter for the Twins. Through seven innings, he allowed only one run on two hits and pitched around five walks. He left to a standing ovation with two on and nobody out in the eighth. One of those runners eventually scored, bringing the right-hander's final line to three runs on five hits over seven-plus innings. Minnesota's offense, which has been one of the AL's best since the All-Star break, pounded out 18 hits and didn't even need Trevor Plouffe's bat. Plouffe, second on the team with 19 home runs, had been sidelined since July 20. He returned from a bruised thumb and was the only Twins starter to go hitless. It was the sixth time in seven games that the Tigers have allowed double-digit hits and the third time this month they've given up 17 hits or more. NOTES: To make room for Plouffe, the Twins sent middle infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka back to Triple-A Rochester. The former Japanese league batting champion went 0 for 12 with three errors at second base plus a number of other blunders in the field during his week in the majors. ... Tigers manager Jim Leyland said an MRI on reliever Brayan Villarreal's sore right elbow revealed no damage. Villarreal wasn't available Monday after pitching the previous two games, including Sunday's 8-3 loss to Texas in which he threw two wild pitches and said his elbow felt weak. ... X-rays were negative on Twins CF Denard Span's right shoulder. Span left Sunday's game against Tampa Bay after landing on the shoulder trying to make a diving catch in the sixth. He didn't play Monday and is day to day. ... Minnesota lefty Brian Duensing (2-7) faces Doug Fister (6-7) on Tuesday. Duensing allowed 11 hits and six runs in his last start, a 6-2 loss to Cleveland. Fister has won five of his last seven starts, pitching at least six innings in each outing.
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

Twins moving to KTWN-FM next season

MINNEAPOLIS The Minnesota Twins are moving to the FM dial. The team announced Wednesday that the radio broadcasts for Twins games will be on KTWN (96.3 FM) beginning in 2013. The announcement was made at Target Field during a live broadcast on KTWN with host Eric Perkins and special co-host and former Twins first baseman Kent Hrbek. The KTWN station is owned by the Pohlad family...

Capps may begin throwing again soon

MINNEAPOLIS Twins closer Matt Capps hasn't pitched since July 16 due to irritation in his right rotator cuff, but he could start throwing again Wednesday. Capps is scheduled to have an MRI on Monday, and if all goes well, he'll pick up a ball again a few days later. Capps is currently on the DL for the second time this year, as he also missed time at the end of June and...
RIGHT PLACE, RIGHT TIME

Twins turn deflection off pitcher into double play

In the world of baseball, sometimes a lucky bounce can turn a horrible situation into something good for the defense. During Monday night's Twins/Tigers affair, Detroit's Andy Dirks was at the plate in the fifth inning and appeared to have a base hit as he sent a screamer back towards the mound. The ball would first be deflected by Twins pitcher Samuel Denudo with his...

Eating right comes easily in the majors

MINNEAPOLIS It's 10 p.m., and a minor league baseball game has just wrapped up. Having not eaten since before their game, the players must now find dinner. There aren't any options available in the clubhouse after all, this is the minors. By this point most sitdown restaurants are closed. That leaves only a few options: McDonald's, Burger King, Taco Bell or the like...

Tigers Monday recap: Bullpen a concern

It's not a secret -- the Tigers have serious issues with their bullpen. This week saw meltdowns from just about every key reliever other than Jose Valverde, and left Tigers fans hoping that Bruce Rondon -- a name they had probably never heard until this summer -- can save the day. Valverde is never going to be Mariano Rivera and he's most likely never going to have another...

Cabrera easily front-runner for league MVP

Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera is the best choice for American League MVP. He is the only player in the league with a distinct chance at winning the Triple Crown, and is carrying his team toward the postseason once again. In fact, the only serious MVP challengers Cabrera has right now are Rangers center fielder Josh Hamilton and Angels rookie outfielder Mike Trout...

Cabrera should be front-runner for league MVP

Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera is the best choice for AL MVP. He is the only player in the league with a distinct chance at winning the Triple Crown, and is carrying his team toward the postseason once again. In fact, the only serious MVP challengers Cabrera has right now are Rangers center fielder Josh Hamilton and Angels rookie outfielder Mike Trout. The choice for the leagues...

Keep the kids in the minors

As the Tigers gave away a series with the Rangers, some talk in Detroit is that the kids of the future should start making their way up north to Detroit.  In my opinion, I say keep the kids down south. Nick Castellanos has struggled in Double-A trying to go from third base to the outfield according to Mike Cooper of the Erie News.  His .301 batting average sounds good, but he...

A century later: Did Ty Cobb kill a man?

One hundred years ago today, baseball's biggest star left a carjacker dead on the streets of the Motor City. "In 1912 -- and you can write this down -- I killed a man in Detroit," Ty Cobb told his biographer. Maybe. It's been a century since the attack and over 50 years since Cobb told his life story to sportswriter Al Stump, and to this day, no one is 100 percent...

If Miguel Cabrera and Delmon Young Were Cats

I realize this is a semi-outdated (but, is it?) low blow that isn’t quite suited for a respectable blog. However, it is also hilarious. Happy Tuesday! Jeff

Game 2012.115: Tigers at Rangers

61-53, 2nd place, 1 game behind CWS, .5 games behind Brandon Inge and Oakland for the WC lead (which means tied for 2nd WC spot) Last night’s heart breaker ended on a Mike Olt single in the bottom of the 9th with two outs. Kid’s been up for less than 2 weeks. The two walks to lead off the 9th were definitely the culprit, though Leyland’s assertion that late leadoff walks have...

Second Guessing of Leyland Not Always Fair (or Accurate)

Russell Martin, a good baseball player having a bad year, almost poisoned the Tigers earlier this week. Martin, the New York Yankees catcher, is hitting below .200 for the season—well below his career mark (going into this year) of .272. But despite his failure to get a hit rate of over 80 percent, Martin shot the hearts of Tigers fans into their throats on Tuesday night. It was...
MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.