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In a bind
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Tigers 7, Twins 2
Joe Mauer returns to the dugout after scoring in the first inning.  (Paul Sancya/AP)
A promising start that saw Jason Kubel and Delmon Young drive in runs in the first inning faded away when Carl Pavano was chased after 4 2/3 innings, allowing seven runs on seven hits. The Twins fell three games back of the division-leading Tigers with four games to play, including Thursday's series finale at Comerica Park.
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Series at a glance:
MIN
Minnesota (82-76)
Lost 2
Detroit 7, Minnesota 2   DET
Detroit (85-73)
Won 2
September 30, 2009
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Minnesota
2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   2 9 0
Detroit
0 4 0 0 3 0 0 0 X   7 9 0
Standings thru 9/30/09  |  Recap: MIN | DET  |  Gameday  |  Twins stats  |  Tigers stats
Minnesota AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Span, CF 5 0 2 0 0 0 0 .315
Cabrera, O, SS 5 1 1 0 0 1 2 .277
Mauer, C 4 1 1 0 1 0 1 .366
Kubel, RF 3 0 1 1 1 1 2 .298
Cuddyer, 1B 3 0 1 0 1 1 1 .276
Young, D, LF 4 0 2 1 0 0 2 .273
Morales, J, DH 2 0 0 0 2 0 3 .327
Tolbert, 3B 4 0 1 0 0 1 4 .224
Punto, 2B 4 0 0 0 0 2 4 .230
Totals 34 2 9 2 5 6 19  

BATTING
TB: Cuddyer; Tolbert; Span 2; Young, D 2; Kubel; Cabrera, O; Mauer.
RBI: Kubel (93), Young, D (50).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Punto 2.
GIDP: Morales, J.
Team RISP: 2-for-7.
Team LOB: 10.

BASERUNNING
CS: Tolbert (2, 2nd base by Bonine/Avila).

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

 
Detroit AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Granderson, CF 5 0 0 0 0 1 4 .250
Polanco, 2B 3 1 1 0 1 0 1 .287
Thomas, C, RF 3 1 0 0 1 1 3 .241
Cabrera, M, 1B 4 1 2 0 0 0 3 .330
Ordonez, DH 4 1 2 3 0 0 1 .299
Guillen, LF 2 1 0 0 1 1 1 .253
  Raburn, LF 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 .282
Inge, 3B 4 1 2 2 0 2 1 .234
Avila, C 2 0 0 0 1 1 2 .267
  1-Ramirez, W, PR 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .364
  Laird, C 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .226
Santiago, R, SS 3 1 2 2 0 0 1 .276
Totals 31 7 9 7 5 7 18  

1-Ran for Avila in the 6th.

BATTING
2B: Inge (15, Pavano), Ordonez (23, Pavano).
TB: Inge 3; Cabrera, M 2; Polanco; Santiago, R 2; Ordonez 3.
RBI: Inge 2 (83), Santiago, R 2 (35), Ordonez 3 (47).
2-out RBI: Ordonez 3.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Guillen; Thomas, C 2.
SAC: Santiago, R.
GIDP: Santiago, R.
Team RISP: 3-for-8.
Team LOB: 6.

FIELDING
DP: (Polanco-Santiago, R-Cabrera, M).

 
Minnesota IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Pavano (L, 13-12) 4.2 7 7 7 2 4 0 5.07
Crain 0.2 1 0 0 1 0 0 4.59
Mahay 0.2 0 0 0 1 1 0 4.38
Rauch 1.0 1 0 0 0 2 0 3.74
Liriano, F 1.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 5.84
 
Detroit IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Bonine (W, 1-1) 5.0 7 2 2 2 3 0 4.46
Miner 2.1 2 0 0 3 1 0 4.12
Lyon 0.2 0 0 0 0 2 0 2.96
Rodney 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4.35

Game Scores: Pavano , Bonine .
IBB: Polanco (by Mahay).
Pitches-strikes: Pavano 83-54, Crain 14-6, Mahay 14-6, Rauch 15-11, Liriano, F 7-3, Bonine 87-52, Miner 45-23, Lyon 11-9, Rodney 13-7.
Groundouts-flyouts: Pavano 1-4, Crain 1-1, Mahay 0-1, Rauch 0-1, Liriano, F 2-0, Bonine 6-2, Miner 1-5, Lyon 0-0, Rodney 3-0.
Batters faced: Pavano 23, Crain 4, Mahay 3, Rauch 4, Liriano, F 3, Bonine 22, Miner 12, Lyon 2, Rodney 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Crain 1-0, Mahay 2-0, Lyon 2-0.
Umpires: HP: Marvin Hudson. 1B: Angel Hernandez. 2B: Randy Marsh. 3B: Lance Barksdale.
Weather: 54 degrees, clear.
Wind: 9 mph, Out to LF.
T: 2:59.
Att: 34,775.
Venue: Comerica Park.
September 30, 2009
September 30, 2009

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