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Twins 6, Tigers 2
Carl Pavano kept the Twins close, setting up the eighth-inning comeback. (Ann Heisenfelt/AP)
Held in check most of the day by Justin Verlander, the Twins received new life when Detroit's Don Kelly lost an Orlando Cabrera drive in the Metrodome roof, setting up Jason Kubel's go-ahead double and Michael Cuddyer's three-run homer. Two weeks ago, the Twins trailed the Tigers by seven games. Now, it's only two.
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Series at a glance:
DET
Detroit (78-70)
Lost 3
Minnesota 6, Detroit 2   MIN
Minnesota (76-72)
Won 6
September 19, 2009
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Detroit
1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0   2 12 0
Minnesota
1 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 X   6 10 0
Standings thru 9/19/09  |  Recap: DET | MIN  |  Gameday  |  Tigers stats  |  Twins stats
Detroit AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Granderson, CF 5 0 1 0 0 1 2 .250
Polanco, 2B 5 2 4 0 0 0 0 .282
Guillen, LF 4 0 0 0 0 2 4 .235
  Kelly, D, LF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .241
  a-Raburn, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .275
Cabrera, M, 1B 4 0 3 1 0 0 0 .333
Huff, DH 4 0 1 1 0 1 2 .245
Ordonez, RF 4 0 1 0 0 0 2 .288
  Thomas, C, RF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .241
Inge, 3B 3 0 1 0 0 0 2 .235
Laird, C 4 0 1 0 0 0 3 .224
Everett, SS 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 .239
Totals 38 2 12 2 0 4 18  

a-Grounded out for Kelly, D in the 9th.

BATTING
2B: Polanco (30, Mijares).
TB: Inge; Cabrera, M 3; Polanco 5; Laird; Huff; Ordonez; Granderson.
RBI: Cabrera, M (92), Huff (84).
2-out RBI: Cabrera, M.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Granderson 2; Inge; Guillen; Raburn.
GIDP: Laird.
Team RISP: 3-for-11.
Team LOB: 10.

 
Minnesota AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Span, CF-LF 4 1 2 0 0 0 1 .309
Cabrera, O, SS 4 1 2 0 0 1 0 .269
Mauer, C 3 2 1 1 1 1 1 .373
Kubel, RF 4 1 1 2 0 0 1 .303
Cuddyer, 1B 4 1 1 3 0 0 1 .274
Young, D, LF 3 0 2 0 0 1 0 .268
  1-Gomez, C, PR-CF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .235
Morales, J, DH 3 0 1 0 1 1 1 .367
Buscher, 3B 3 0 0 0 0 2 3 .235
  Tolbert, 3B 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .207
Punto, 2B 3 0 0 0 0 1 3 .226
Totals 32 6 10 6 2 7 11  

1-Ran for Young, D in the 7th.

BATTING
2B: Cabrera, O (32, Verlander).
HR: Mauer (28, 1st inning off Verlander, 0 on, 2 out), Cuddyer (28, 8th inning off Lyon, 2 on, 1 out).
TB: Morales, J; Cuddyer 4; Span 2; Young, D 2; Kubel; Cabrera, O 3; Mauer 4.
RBI: Mauer (88), Kubel 2 (86), Cuddyer 3 (83).
2-out RBI: Mauer.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Punto; Cuddyer.
Team RISP: 2-for-6.
Team LOB: 4.

BASERUNNING
CS: Span (10, 2nd base by Verlander/Laird), Gomez, C (7, 2nd base by Verlander/Laird).

FIELDING
DP: (Cabrera, O-Punto-Cuddyer).

 
Detroit IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Verlander (L, 16-9) 7.1 9 5 5 2 6 1 3.44
Lyon 0.2 1 1 1 0 1 1 2.97
 
Minnesota IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Pavano 7.0 11 2 2 0 4 0 4.82
Crain (W, 6-4) 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5.11
Mijares 0.2 1 0 0 0 0 0 2.15
Guerrier 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2.21

WP: Pavano.
IBB: Mauer (by Verlander).
HBP: Inge (by Pavano).
Pitches-strikes: Verlander 128-82, Lyon 11-9, Pavano 101-70, Crain 11-7, Mijares 13-8, Guerrier 2-1.
Groundouts-flyouts: Verlander 7-5, Lyon 0-1, Pavano 8-5, Crain 2-1, Mijares 0-1, Guerrier 1-0.
Batters faced: Verlander 31, Lyon 3, Pavano 32, Crain 3, Mijares 3, Guerrier 1.
Inherited runners-scored: Lyon 2-2, Guerrier 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Tony Randazzo. 1B: Chris Guccione. 2B: Mike Winters. 3B: Jerry Layne.
Weather: 70 degrees, dome.
Wind: Indoors.
T: 2:48.
Att: 43,338.
Venue: Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome.
September 19, 2009
September 19, 2009

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