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Tigers 6, Twins 5
Adam Everett and Placido Polanco score on Magglio Ordonez's double. (Duane Burleson/AP)
Miguel Cabrera hit his 33rd homer and Curtis Granderson hit No. 30, and second of the day, to back Justin Verlander's eight K's in eight innings as the Tigers split the twin bill with the Twins. Magglio Ordonez and Brandon Inge had two-run knocks as Detroit reclaimed its two-game lead and reduced its magic number to four.
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Series at a glance:
MIN
Minnesota (82-75)
Lost 1
Detroit 6, Minnesota 5   DET
Detroit (84-73)
Won 1
September 29, 2009
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Minnesota
0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 1   5 10 0
Detroit
0 1 2 0 2 0 0 1 X   6 12 0
Standings thru 9/29/09  |  Recap: MIN | DET  |  Gameday  |  Twins stats  |  Tigers stats
Minnesota AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Span, RF 5 2 2 0 0 0 1 .314
Cabrera, O, SS 4 2 3 1 0 0 0 .278
Mauer, C 4 0 1 1 0 0 2 .367
Kubel, DH 3 0 2 2 0 0 1 .297
Cuddyer, 1B 4 0 0 0 0 2 3 .276
Young, D, LF 4 1 1 0 0 2 0 .271
Gomez, C, CF 3 0 0 0 0 2 0 .228
  a-Morales, J, PH 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 .333
Tolbert, 3B 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 .223
Punto, 2B 4 0 1 1 0 2 0 .232
Totals 36 5 10 5 0 9 9  

a-Struck out for Gomez, C in the 9th.

BATTING
2B: Span (14, Verlander), Mauer (29, Verlander), Kubel (34, Verlander), Punto (15, Rodney).
TB: Span 3; Young, D; Punto 2; Kubel 3; Cabrera, O 3; Mauer 2.
RBI: Cabrera, O (70), Kubel 2 (92), Mauer (93), Punto (38).
2-out RBI: Kubel; Punto.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Cuddyer 2; Span.
SF: Kubel.
Team RISP: 2-for-6.
Team LOB: 5.

FIELDING
DP: (Punto-Cabrera, O-Cuddyer).
Pickoffs: Crain (Ramirez, W at 1st base).

 
Detroit AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Raburn, LF 4 1 1 0 1 1 2 .283
Polanco, 2B 4 1 2 0 0 0 1 .287
Ordonez, RF 3 0 1 2 0 0 1 .297
  Thomas, C, RF 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .244
Cabrera, M, 1B 3 2 1 1 1 0 1 .329
Thames, M, DH 2 0 1 0 2 1 0 .251
  1-Ramirez, W, PR-DH 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .364
Inge, 3B 4 0 2 2 0 1 1 .232
Granderson, CF 4 1 2 1 0 0 2 .252
Laird, C 4 0 0 0 0 1 2 .226
Everett, SS 4 1 2 0 0 0 2 .238
Totals 33 6 12 6 4 4 14  

1-Ran for Thames, M in the 7th.

BATTING
2B: Ordonez (22, Duensing), Inge (14, Duensing).
HR: Cabrera, M (33, 2nd inning off Duensing, 0 on, 0 out), Granderson (30, 8th inning off Guerrier, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Inge 3; Cabrera, M 4; Polanco 2; Thames, M; Raburn; Everett 2; Granderson 5; Ordonez 2.
RBI: Cabrera, M (101), Ordonez 2 (44), Inge 2 (81), Granderson (70).
2-out RBI: Ordonez 2; Inge 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Cabrera, M; Everett; Granderson; Thomas, C.
SAC: Polanco.
GIDP: Inge.
Team RISP: 3-for-9.
Team LOB: 8.

BASERUNNING
PO: Ramirez, W (1st base by Crain).

 
Minnesota IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Duensing (L, 5-2) 4.2 7 5 5 3 3 1 3.69
Keppel 1.0 3 0 0 0 0 0 4.70
Mahay 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4.44
Crain 1.0 0 0 0 1 1 0 4.66
Guerrier 1.0 2 1 1 0 0 1 2.33
 
Detroit IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Verlander (W, 18-9) 8.0 8 4 4 0 8 0 3.45
Rodney (S, 36) 1.0 2 1 1 0 1 0 4.41

WP: Verlander.
IBB: Cabrera, M (by Duensing).
Pitches-strikes: Duensing 82-50, Keppel 21-14, Mahay 5-3, Crain 15-7, Guerrier 14-7, Verlander 129-87, Rodney 20-16.
Groundouts-flyouts: Duensing 6-3, Keppel 1-0, Mahay 1-0, Crain 0-1, Guerrier 1-1, Verlander 8-4, Rodney 0-1.
Batters faced: Duensing 23, Keppel 6, Mahay 1, Crain 3, Guerrier 5, Verlander 32, Rodney 5.
Inherited runners-scored: Keppel 3-2, Mahay 2-0.
Umpires: HP: Lance Barksdale. 1B: Paul Emmel. 2B: Angel Hernandez. 3B: Randy Marsh.
Weather: 58 degrees, cloudy.
Wind: 10 mph, Out to RF.
T: 2:50.
Att: 30,240.
Venue: Comerica Park.
September 29, 2009
September 29, 2009

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