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Detroit drops opener
Twins 2, Tigers 0
Ivan Rodriguez steals second base in the second inning on Monday. (Duane Burleson/AP)
Left-hander Nate Robertson allowed one run on three hits while striking out six over seven strong innings, but the Tigers dropped the series opener to the Twins. The defeat means one more Yankees win or Tigers loss will eliminate Detroit from the American League Wild Card race. Sean Casey had a pair of hits for the Tigers.
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Series at a glance:
MIN
Minnesota (77-79)
Won 2
Minnesota 2, Detroit 0   DET
Detroit (85-72)
Lost 1
September 24, 2007
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Minnesota
0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1   2 6 0
Detroit
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   0 7 1
Standings thru 9/24/07  |  Recap: MIN|DET  |  Gameday  |  Twins Stats  |  Tigers Stats
MinnesotaABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Bartlett, SS4010110.268
Kubel, LF4011121.270
Hunter, CF5010013.289
Morneau, 1B3010111.274
Cuddyer, RF2100201.273
LeCroy, C4000005.200
White, DH4010002.158
  1-Tyner, PR-DH0100000.288
Punto, 3B-2B3011010.213
Casilla, 2B3000011.232
  a-Buscher, PH1000011.258
  Rodriguez, 3B0000000.227
Totals332625815 

a-Struck out for Casilla in the 9th.
1-Ran for White in the 9th.

BATTING
TB: Bartlett; Kubel; Hunter; Morneau; White; Punto.
RBI: Punto (25), Kubel (64).
2-out RBI: Punto; Kubel.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Casilla; LeCroy 2; Hunter.
S: Punto.
Team LOB: 10.

FIELDING
DP: 2 (Bartlett-Casilla-Morneau, Casilla-Bartlett-Morneau).

 
DetroitABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Granderson, CF3010000.302
  a-Raburn, PH-CF1000001.302
Polanco, 2B4000012.339
Sheffield, DH4000011.264
Ordonez, RF3010100.358
Guillen, SS-1B4010001.293
Rodriguez, C4010002.280
Perez, LF3000001.410
Casey, 1B3020000.296
  1-Maybin, PR0000000.152
  Santiago, SS0000000.288
Inge, 3B3010002.239
Totals320701210 

a-Grounded out for Granderson in the 8th.
1-Ran for Casey in the 8th.

BATTING
2B: Ordonez (51, Silva).
TB: Granderson; Ordonez 2; Guillen; Rodriguez; Casey 2; Inge.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Perez; Guillen; Sheffield; Raburn; Rodriguez 2.
GIDP: Inge; Polanco.
Team LOB: 6.

BASERUNNING
SB: Rodriguez (2, 2nd base off Silva/LeCroy), Guillen (13, 2nd base off Nathan/LeCroy), Maybin (5, 2nd base off Silva/LeCroy).

FIELDING
E: Guillen (25, fielding).

 
MinnesotaIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Silva (W, 13-14)7.26000104.22
Perkins (H, 3)0.10000003.29
Nathan (S, 35)1.01001101.95
 
DetroitIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Robertson (L, 8-13)7.03114604.79
Rodney 2.03111204.11

Pitches-strikes: Silva 112-72, Perkins 1-1, Nathan 23-14, Robertson 111-69, Rodney 35-19.
Ground outs-fly outs: Silva 15-7, Perkins 1-0, Nathan 1-1, Robertson 8-7, Rodney 2-2.
Batters faced: Silva 27, Perkins 1, Nathan 5, Robertson 29, Rodney 10.
Inherited runners-scored: Perkins 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Mike Winters. 1B: Bruce Froemming. 2B: Mark Wegner. 3B: Brian Runge.
Weather: 79 degrees, clear.
Wind: 10 mph, In from CF.
T: 2:41.
Att: 32,716.

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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