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Justin Verlander still hasn't lost to the Minnesota Twins in more than three years, though he came awfully close on Thursday.
The Detroit Tigers ace left after the seventh inning with the game tied. He benefited from a four-run rally that got him off the hook for what would have been his first loss to the Twins since April 2010.
However, that didn't brighten his mood because an eighth-inning run was enough to give the Twins a 7-6 win over his Tigers.
''Today was tough,'' Verlander said. ''I'd say frustrating was a good word for it.''
Verlander came into this season with a huge contract and a reputation as the best pitcher in the American League and perhaps all of baseball.
On May 5, after he dominated the Astros, it didn't appear that anything had changed. Verlander was 4-2 with a 1.55 ERA, something new for a pitcher who usually struggles in April.
That, though, is when everything changed.
In his last 20 starts, Verlander is 8-...
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Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera is battling injuries, chasing history.
For a minute there, it looked like, yeah, the Detroit Tigers are going to win the Central, and roll through to their second straight World Series appearance.
And then, reality set back in. The charm of Miguel Cabrera hitting home runs while injured wore off and the magnitude of what could really happen to this team...
The Detroit Tigers are going to have some serious laundry on their hands as a result of the massive blood stain that Miguel Cabrera sported on his pants this afternoon in a game against the Twins. Miggy appeared to have cut himself open just above the right knee/thigh area on a dive earlier in the game that wound up significantly bloodying his pants.
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Ryan Doumit hit a three-run homer in the fifth inning and rookie Chris Herrmann drove in the go-ahead run with a double in the eighth as Minnesota took two of three from American League Central-leading Detroit. The Tigers had rallied from a 6-2 deficit to tie the score on Austin Jackson's three-run homer off Twins reliever Josh Roenicke in the sixth. Rookie left-hander Andrew...
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Well, it’s that time of year for fantasy owners. If you are in the race in your league this late in the season, congratulations whatever you did worked out great. For the rest of us Fantasy players, it’s too little too late and in keeper leagues, it’s time to start thinking about what is going to get your...
All-Star catcher Joe Mauer is not going to be activated from the seven-day concussion list when the Minnesota Twins begin a homestand next week.
"The doctors advised him to lay low and rest right now," Twins assistant general manager Rob Antony said Saturday. "That's the best thing for him. He'll come in Tuesday, and we'll go from there."
Last night, Torii Hunter took advantage of a weak link. Noticing a passed ball on the third strike of Prince Fielder’s at-bat – with two outs, mind you – Torii took off from second base to third. And he didn’t stop. He kept running until he scored and the Minnesota Twins – the team Torii had played for during the majority of his career – could not have been more...
Samuel Deduno did himself, his team and his right bicep all kinds of favors Friday night in Cleveland.
Overcoming some tendonitis in the upper portion of his throwing arm, the Twins right-hander got back on track with an efficient one-run, three-hit, six-strikeout performance in a 5-1 victory over the Indians. Deduno threw 91 pitches during his six innings on the mound, mitigating...
Phil Coke is headed to Triple-A Toledo and will return to the Detroit Tigers on Sept. 1 when rosters are expanded.
That's the plan for Coke according to Tigers manager Jim Leyland who made the announcement Tuesday night following his team's 6-3 loss to the Minnesota Twins.
The Tigers will recall left-hander Jose Alvarez to replace Coke on the active roster.
At first glance of the boxscore, Daisuke Matsuzaka was who we thought he was. And there was no way that Miguel Cabrera would let him off the hook. Dice K gave up two home runs including a three run shot to Cabrera that tragically landed in somebody's pierogies in the Acela Club, and the Mets predictably lost to the Tigers 6-1.
Considering that Daisuke's outing was peppered...
Four-time All-Star Justin Morneau has cleared August trade waivers, making him a possible acquisition for clubs in search of offensive upgrades. But he told FOX Sports on Tuesday afternoon that he expects to remain with the Minnesota Twins past the Aug. 31 deadline to set postseason rosters.
"I think there would have to be some kind of long-term injury to somebody on one of...
Tuesday's editorial cartoon in the Detroit News carried the title "Catcher Signs."
In the first three panels a hulking catcher calls for a fastball slider and curveball respectively.
By the fourth and final panel the catcher has stood up shed his mask and is running out of the frame above a caption that reads "Panic! Cabrera's Up!"
Apparently the Twins...
Samuel Deduno pitched six solid innings and Josh Willingham busted out of a slump with a two-run double in the seventh, leading the Minnesota Twins to a 5-1 win over Cleveland on Friday night, slowing the Indians' climb toward a wild-card spot.
Deduno (8-7) allowed just one run and three hits for his first win since July 27 as the Twins continued to befuddle the Indians. Minnesota...
Chris Hermann continues to exhibit a knack for timeliness.
While his major-league action has been limited to 34 games, the Twins catcheroutfielder has come up with a handful of clutch hits, particularly in the month of August. Thursday at Comerica Park, while manning the stead of Minnesota's native baseball son against a World Series contender, the soft-spoken 25-year-old from...
Everything appears to be loosey goosey in the Detroit Tigers clubhouse these days.
The team with the best record in the American League might also have the best -- and biggest -- poker faces, although Justice Verlander points out via Twitter that these Fatheads are actually playing euchre.
Verlander's Tigers take on the Minnesota Twins tonight at 7 (pregame at 6) on FOX Sports Detroit.
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Right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez took his eighth loss of the season tonight and believe it or not, it wasn’t totally his own doing. While he did allow two runs on four hits in the first two innings, he pitched lights out the rest of the way going six innings and striking out a season-high 10 batters. The offense just couldn’t get much going...