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Twins 8, Tigers 3
Scott Baker struck out three and walked three on Thursday afternoon. (Gregory Shamus/Getty)
Scott Baker came up with a sterling effort to keep the Twins alive in their quest to catch the Tigers in the AL Central, yielding just one unearned run over five frames. Orlando Cabrera's bases-clearing double in the eighth put the game away for Minnesota, which moved to two games back of Detroit with three to play.
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Series at a glance:
MIN
Minnesota (83-76)
Won 1
Minnesota 8, Detroit 3   DET
Detroit (85-74)
Lost 1
October 1, 2009
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Minnesota
0 0 3 1 0 0 0 4 0   8 13 4
Detroit
0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0   3 7 1
Standings thru 10/1/09  |  Recap: MIN | DET  |  Gameday  |  Twins stats  |  Tigers stats
Minnesota AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Span, CF-RF 3 2 1 1 1 0 1 .315
Cabrera, O, SS 5 1 2 3 0 0 5 .278
Mauer, DH 4 1 2 2 1 0 1 .367
Cuddyer, 1B 5 0 2 1 0 1 4 .277
Kubel, RF 3 0 0 1 0 2 3 .296
  Gomez, C, CF 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .228
Young, D, LF 4 1 3 0 0 0 0 .279
Harris, B, 3B 4 1 0 0 0 1 2 .262
  Tolbert, 3B 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .223
Redmond, M, C 5 0 1 0 0 1 3 .237
Punto, 2B 3 2 2 0 1 1 1 .233
Totals 38 8 13 8 3 6 23  

BATTING
2B: Span (15, Robertson, N), Cabrera, O (34, Seay).
TB: Cuddyer 2; Redmond, M; Span 2; Young, D 3; Punto 2; Cabrera, O 3; Mauer 2.
RBI: Mauer 2 (95), Cuddyer (90), Kubel (94), Span (68), Cabrera, O 3 (73).
2-out RBI: Cabrera, O 3; Mauer.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Cabrera, O; Kubel 2; Gomez, C; Punto.
SAC: Punto.
SF: Kubel.
Team RISP: 4-for-13.
Team LOB: 10.

FIELDING
E: Young, D (5, fielding), Harris, B 2 (12, fielding, fielding), Tolbert (4, fielding).
Outfield assists: Span (Santiago, R at 1st base).
DP: 2 (Cabrera, O-Punto-Cuddyer, Span-Cabrera, O-Cuddyer).

 
Detroit AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Granderson, CF 4 0 1 1 1 0 2 .250
Santiago, R, 2B 5 0 0 0 0 1 5 .271
Ordonez, RF 4 0 2 0 1 0 1 .301
Cabrera, M, 1B 4 0 1 0 1 0 3 .329
Guillen, LF 3 1 0 0 2 1 4 .250
Thames, M, DH 3 1 1 0 0 1 2 .252
  a-Huff, PH-DH 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .242
Inge, 3B 4 0 0 0 0 0 3 .233
Laird, C 4 1 2 1 0 0 1 .229
  Avila, C 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .267
Everett, SS 3 0 0 0 1 0 3 .236
Totals 35 3 7 2 6 3 25  

a-Flied out for Thames, M in the 9th.

BATTING
TB: Cabrera, M; Laird 2; Thames, M; Ordonez 2; Granderson.
RBI: Laird (33), Granderson (71).
2-out RBI: Granderson.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Guillen; Santiago, R 3.
GIDP: Cabrera, M.
Team RISP: 2-for-7.
Team LOB: 12.

FIELDING
E: Inge (20, throw).
Outfield assists: Ordonez (Cuddyer at 3rd base).

 
Minnesota IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Baker, S (W, 15-9) 5.0 5 1 0 3 3 0 4.36
Rauch (H, 16) 0.2 1 0 0 0 0 0 3.71
Mahay (H, 6) 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4.35
Guerrier (H, 32) 1.2 0 2 0 1 0 0 2.28
Mijares 0.1 1 0 0 1 0 0 2.05
Nathan 1.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2.22
 
Detroit IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Robertson, N (L, 2-3) 6.0 9 4 3 0 2 0 5.44
Perry 0.2 0 0 0 1 1 0 3.99
Ni, F 0.1 0 0 0 0 1 0 2.67
Fien 0.2 1 2 2 1 1 0 10.80
Seay 0.0 2 2 2 1 0 0 4.25
Bonderman 0.1 1 0 0 0 0 0 8.71
Galarraga, A 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 5.60

Robertson, N pitched to 2 batters in the 7th.
Seay pitched to 3 batters in the 8th.
Bonderman pitched to 1 batter in the 9th.

IBB: Mauer (by Perry).
HBP: Span (by Robertson, N), Young, D (by Bonderman), Thames, M (by Baker, S).
Pitches-strikes: Baker, S 105-68, Rauch 10-7, Mahay 3-2, Guerrier 26-13, Mijares 16-8, Nathan 27-16, Robertson, N 90-62, Perry 11-5, Ni, F 3-3, Fien 20-9, Seay 14-8, Bonderman 5-4, Galarraga, A 11-6.
Groundouts-flyouts: Baker, S 6-3, Rauch 0-2, Mahay 0-0, Guerrier 1-3, Mijares 1-0, Nathan 0-3, Robertson, N 8-6, Perry 1-0, Ni, F 0-0, Fien 0-1, Seay 0-0, Bonderman 0-0, Galarraga, A 2-0.
Batters faced: Baker, S 24, Rauch 3, Mahay 1, Guerrier 7, Mijares 3, Nathan 4, Robertson, N 28, Perry 3, Ni, F 1, Fien 4, Seay 3, Bonderman 3, Galarraga, A 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Mahay 1-0, Mijares 1-1, Perry 2-0, Ni, F 3-0, Seay 2-2, Bonderman 1-0, Galarraga, A 1-0.
Ejections: Detroit Tigers Manager Jim Leyland ejected by HP umpire Angel Hernandez (8th); Detroit Tigers pitcher Jeremy Bonderman ejected by HP umpire Angel Hernandez (9th); Detroit Tigers catcher Gerald Laird ejected by HP umpire Angel Hernandez (9th)
Umpires: HP: Angel Hernandez. 1B: Randy Marsh. 2B: Lance Barksdale. 3B: Marvin Hudson.
Weather: 54 degrees, sunny.
Wind: 8 mph, R to L.
T: 3:33.
Att: 40,533.
Venue: Comerica Park.
October 1, 2009
October 1, 2009

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