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Scherzer, who was coming off a strong start against the Texas Rangers last week, kept the Twins bats guessing for seven shutout innings and gave his team enough time to slowly chip away at Cole De Vries and a host of Twins relief pitchers.
The Tigers opened the scoring in the top of the first inning on a Miguel Cabrera two-out home run, adding two more in the fourth inning with insurance runs being tacked on in the fifth and eighth. Cabrera would finish the game 2-for-5 with two RBIs with Delmon Young pitching in a two-run home run in the fourth.
Joe Mauer would provide the lone tally for the Twins against relief pitcher Octavio Dotel in the eighth inning, but it wouldn't be enough as the Twins dropped the home series and have now won just one of their past seven games.
After an 8-4 win on Tuesday night, Detroit will look for a series victory when they face the Minnesota Twins in the final contest of a three-game set.
The Tigers put eight runs on the board on Tuesday and Max Scherzer will be hoping for similar run support when he takes the hill against Minnesota starter Cole De Vries. Scherzer is looking to notch his 12th victory on the season before Detroit heads back home to face the Baltimore Orioles over the weekend.
Detroit would like to get another win from the division's worst team as they still sit two games behind the division-leading Chicago White Sox. The Tigers didn't gain any ground with their win on Tuesday as the Sox also won, defeating the Toronto Blue Jays in a close game, 3-2.
On Tuesday, the Detroit Tigers won comfortably against the Minnesota Twins on the road, 8-4. The Tigers moved to 62-55 on the season.
Detroit starter Doug Fister gave up four runs over eight innings, but had plenty of offense to back him. He also tallied seven strikeouts and reliever Jose Valverde came on in the ninth for the save.
The Tigers raced out to a fast 4-0 start, scoring a pair of runs in each of the first two innings, but the Twins scored four in the bottom of the third. Detroit, though, didn't slow down, scoring four more times in the final four innings to grab the victory.
The lone bright spot for the Twins was the 30th home of the season for surprising outfielder Josh Willingham. His 30 bombs are already a career high and he's proven to be one of the best power hitters in the majors this season.
Jim Leyland isn't letting anyone get settled in the Detroit lineup, as he sends out a slew of right-handers tonight against Minnesota southpaw Brian Duensing (2-7, 4.46). Jhonny Peralta takes over the fifth spot in the order Tuesday night, as the fourth Tigers batter in four games to hit there. Doug Fister starts for Detroit, as he looks to continue a streak of post-All Star break success: Fister is 4-1 with a 1.79 ERA since the break.
The rest of the lineups, for Tuesday's 8:10 ET start at Target Field:
1. Austin Jackson, CF
2. Omar Infante, 2B
3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B
4. Prince Fielder, 1B
5. Jhonny Peralta, SS
6. Delmon Young, DH
7. Jeff Baker, RF
8. Andy Dirks, LF
9. Gerald Laird, C
1. Ben Revere, CF
2. Darin Mastroianni, RF
3. Joe Mauer, 1B
4. Josh Willingham, LF
5. Justin Morneau, DH
6. Ryan Doumit, C
7. Trevor Plouffe, 3B
8. Jamey Carroll, SS
9. Alexi Casilla, 2B
The Detroit Tigers lost their fifth game in six attempts on Monday night as the Minnesota Twins picked up a 9-3 victory in the first outing of a three-game series. Detroit will send Doug Fister to the mound to turn things around on Tuesday night, but that might be easier said than done at this point.
Fister has, for some reason, struggled when facing the Twins throughout his career as he's posted a 4.36 ERA and 1-6 record against Minnesota (including losses in both of his starts at Target Field). The righty hasn't struggled against other teams as of late, however -- as he's 4-1 with a 1.79 ERA since the All-Star break, giving the Tigers some hope that their fortunes will change.
Minnesota will counter with Brian Duensing as it attempts to get on the right side of the season series, currently tied at five games apiece with Detroit enjoying a narrow 55-54 advantage in the runs scored department.
Following their loss to the Minnesota Twins Monday, the Detroit Tigers announced two roster moves. Detroit purchased the contract of right-handed pitcher Luke Putkonen from Triple-A Toledo and, to make room on the Major League roster, optioned Duane Below to Triple-A.
Putkonen has made six appearances with the Tigers this season, allowing seven earned runs over 7-1/3 innings pitched. He appeared in 22 games for Toledo, posting a 2-2 record with a 4.68 ERA. His last outing for Detroit came on May 22, when he pitched 1-1/3 scoreless innings against the Indians.
Below has pitched in 27 games in relief for Detroit this season. He's posted a 3.38 ERA in 45-1/3 innings although he hasn't been used much lately. He's made just two appearances in August, including his appearance Monday night. In one inning of work, Below allowed three earned runs and three hits.
The Twins opened the scoring in the third inning on an RBI single from Justin Morneau. Jhonny Peralta tied the game for the Tigers with an RBI double in the top of the fifth, but Minnesota re-took the lead on a solo home run from Darin Mastroianni in the bottom frame.
No Tiger had multiple hits, as Austin Jackson went 1-for-4 with a walk and a run scored and Miguel Cabrera went 1-for-4 with an RBI.
Detroit Tigers reliever Brayan Villarreal admitted that his arm felt weak after a tough stretch of outings that saw him allow the same number of runs as outs that he recorded. Because of that, he underwent an MRI, which showed no major damage to his pitching elbow, according to MLive.com's Chris Iott.
Villarreal does, however, have some minor elbow inflammation, and it will likely force him to miss the upcoming series against the Minnesota Twins, which starts Monday at 7:10 p.m. CT.
Aside from the recent bad outings, the 25-year-old Villarreal has been very good out of the Tigers' bullpen this season, posting a 2.41 ERA and 11.6 K/9 over the course of 35 relief appearances. In his absence, the Tigers will have to rely on their starters to go a little deeper into games. That won't include Justin Verlander, as Anibal Sanchez goes Monday night, with Doug Fister and Max Scherzer taking the hill in Games 2 and 3.
The Detroit Tigers have had some issues with their bullpen as of late and, following Sunday's loss -- their fourth in fifth outings -- part of the problem may have been discovered. Relief pitched Brayan Villarreal said after the game that his arm felt weak, leading the Tigers to schedule an exam for Monday in Minnesota.
Villarreal has struggled in his last three outing for the Tigers -- giving up a total of five runs in 2.1 innings -- but Sunday night's appearance apparently was the final straw as he mustered just one out while giving up two earned runs on 18 pitches.
Villarreal told the Detroit News that the injury has hampered him off and on for a little while.
"They're going to check me tomorrow," Villarreal said in the visitors' clubhouse. "I started feeling it a week ago, but it wasn't that bad. Today while I was pitching, I felt it."
"I felt like it was inflamed. It was weak, but I'm not sure. After the (All-Star) break, I felt it a little bit; then it got better. Now I felt it again."
The relief pitcher has an elbow examination scheduled for Monday in Minneapolis -- the Tigers are in Minnesota this week for a series against the Twins -- with more news expected following the outcome of the tests.
Anibal Sanchez and the Detroit Tigers will travel to Minneapolis on Monday to play the Minnesota Twins. The Tigers are trying to get back on track after losing four of their past five games.