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PostSubject: GDT20: 4/25/14 - DET (11-8) AT MIN (11-10) - 8:10 p.m. ET   Fri Apr 25, 2014 1:39 am

GDT20: 4/25/14 - DET (11-8) AT MIN (11-10) - 8:10 p.m. ET





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Detroit Tigers AT Minnesota Twins
Friday, April 25, 2014
Target Field, Minneapolis, MN
Game Time - 8:10 p.m. EDT



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Pitching matchup



Tigers: RHP Rick Porcello (2-1, 3.15 ERA)

Now that Porcello got his revenge on the Angels for roughing him up twice last year, tossing seven innings of one-run ball Sunday, he gets a meeting with a Twins lineup that batted .299 in four games against him last season.



Twins: RHP Kevin Correia (0-2, 5.47 ERA)

Correia was hurt by a five-run fourth inning against the Royals on Saturday. The right-hander ultimately gave up five runs (four earned) on nine hits and two walks with two strikeouts over six innings.



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PREVIEW


Porcello looks to separate Tigers from division pack
Impressive Twins counter with Correia to open series in Minnesota

By Matt Slovin / MLB.com | 4/24/2014 6:30 PM ET

In his last start, Detroit's Rick Porcello showed he can reverse a trend against a team that gave him trouble last year. Friday, as the Tigers and Twins begin their weekend series at Target Field, Porcello will have to show he can do it against another club.

Facing the Angels a year to the day after a disastrous nine-run first inning against Los Angeles, Porcello earned the win on April 20. Against Minnesota last season, Porcello was 1-2 with a 5.40 ERA.

With just two games separating Detroit, the American League Central's first-place team, from last place, the three games in Minneapolis carry a little extra weight. This is especially true for the Twins, who are eager to prove they can hang around for more than just a month.

"In my opinion, it's really too early to tell how [the race] is going to go," Tigers outfielder Austin Jackson said. "Every time we're playing somebody in our division, it's going to be a tough game."

Detroit is coming off one of its longest homestands of the season, and Minnesota begins one of its longest on Friday. The Twins' improvement so far is mostly due to their success at the plate, which comes as something of a surprise to manager Ron Gardenhire.

"We've come out swinging, and in Spring Training we didn't hit much," Gardenhire said. "So we've been swinging better than I thought we would. Our starting pitching has been a little suspect, but we know they're pretty good and had a pretty good run the second time through. I like the way these guys go about their business."

The onus will be on righty Kevin Correia on Friday to try and improve upon the Twins' starting pitching. Correia allowed four earned runs on nine hits in six innings his last time out, though the defense was unimpressive behind him.

"We're a starting pitching staff that pitches to contact," Correia said. "We don't have a guy on this team that's going to strike out 200 guys in a season. We pride ourselves on making plays. We've done that in the past."

In six career starts against Detroit, Correia is 1-3 with a 2.75 ERA.

Tigers: Shift strategies begin to evolve
For every piece of strategy in baseball, there's a counteraction to try to address it. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus, who brought the increased use of infield shifts to Detroit, expects the same to happen to shifting.

In fact, he has talked with his left-handed-hitting catcher, Alex Avila, about doing just that to the shifts he has encountered.

"I think it's happening so often, there's going to be a little bit of a bounceback where players start bunting and getting on base," Ausmus said. "Then you're going to see shifts more based on counts or the score. We've talked about it with Alex."

Avila said the same earlier in the week, and he squared around to bunt against the White Sox infield shift in an at-bat Wednesday.

Twins: Colabello an RBI machine in April
Chris Colabello has driven in 26 runs entering Friday, which ranks second in the Majors behind Miami's Giancarlo Stanton. Colabello is one of the biggest reasons the Twins are currently third in baseball in runs scored.

Colabello deflected praise when asked about his accomplishments, which include tying Kirby Puckett's club record for most RBIs in April.

"RBIs are a product of opportunity," Colabello said. "I'm thankful to the coaching staff for believing in me enough to put me in the middle of this order and for the guys in front of me being on base. My job is to knock in runs, and it just so happens I've had a few of them this month."

Worth noting
• The Tigers won the season series over the Twins in 2013, 11-8.

• Miguel Cabrera had his fourth multihit game of the season for Detroit on Thursday, while Bryan Holaday had the fourth multihit game of his career.

• Minnesota claimed outfielder Kenny Wilson off waivers from Toronto on Thursday. He'll report to Double-A New Britain.

Matt Slovin is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.



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Tiger's MLB Game Notes



INJURY UPDATE:


Dirks, Andy (LF) (Recovering from March 2014 back surgery, on the 60-day disabled list, Due Back: Possibly June)

Iglesias, Jose (SS) (Stress fractures in both shins, 60-day disabled list, Due Back: Possibly late 2014)

Rondon, Bruce (P) (Tommy John surgery-Right elbow, 60-day disabled list, Due Back: 2015)

Putkonen, Luke (P) (Right elbow inflammation, Placed on 15-day DL on April 21, retroactive to April 19.)

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BROADCAST SCHEDULE:


On the Internet

MLB.TV
Gameday Audio
•  SCOREBOARD
•  Official Press Pass game notes


On television



Direct TV Extra Innings Schedule


On radio

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XM Channel Schedule


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Up next (Probable Pitchers)


Saturday, April 26:
TIGERS: (RHP Anibal Sanchez (0-2, 3.54 ERA)) AT
TWINS: (RHP Phil Hughes (1-1, 6.43 ERA))
2:10p  p.m. ET (FS-D, FM 97.1)


Sunday, April 27:
TIGERS: (RHP Justin Verlander (3-1, 2.18 ERA)) AT
TWINS: (RHP Kyle Gibson (3-1, 3.63 ERA))
2:10p  p.m. ET (FS-D, FM 97.1)


Monday, April 28: OFF DAY


Tuesday, April 29:
TIGERS: (?HP TBA (TBA ERA)) AT
WHITE SOX: (?HP TBA (TBA ERA))
8:10p  p.m. ET (FS-D, FM 97.1)


Wednesday, April 30:
TIGERS: (?HP TBA (TBA ERA)) AT
WHITE SOX: (?HP TBA (TBA ERA))
2:10p  p.m. ET (FS-D, MLBN, FM 97.1)


Thu, 5/1 OFF DAY
Fri, 5/2 at Royals 8:10p FS-D, MLB.TV
Sat, 5/3 at Royals 7:10p FS1, MLB.TV
Sun, 5/4 at Royals 2:10p FS-D, MLB.TV


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PostSubject: Re: GDT20: 4/25/14 - DET (11-8) AT MIN (11-10) - 8:10 p.m. ET   Fri Apr 25, 2014 1:40 am

STARTING LINEUPS:

TIGERS (career numbers off Kevin Correia)

   Ian Kinsler, 2B (2-for-10)
   Torii Hunter, RF (6-for-10, double)
   Miguel Cabrera, 1B (11-for-28, 2 doubles, HR, 2 walks, 2 K’s)
   Victor Martinez, DH (2-for-9, K)
   Austin Jackson, CF (6-for-16, triple, walk, 3 K’s)
   Nick Castellanos, 3B
   Alex Avila, C (3-for-13, 2 K’s)
   Andrew Romine, SS
   Rajai Davis, LF (0-for-6)

P: Rick Porcello

TWINS (career numbers off Porcello)

   Brian Dozier, 2B (4-for-13, HR, 2 K’s)
   Joe Mauer, 1B (9-for-33, 3 doubles, 3 walks, 3 K’s)
   Trevor Plouffe, 3B (5-for-17, 2 doubles, HR, walk)
   Chris Colabello, RF
   Jason Kubel, LF (13-for-30, 3 doubles, HR, walk, 5 K’s)
   Josmil Pinto, DH
   Kurt Suzuki, C (3-for-14, 2 doubles, 4 walks)
   Sam Fuld, CF
   Pedro Florimon, SS (1-for-6, walk, K)

P: Kevin Correia


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PostSubject: Re: GDT20: 4/25/14 - DET (11-8) AT MIN (11-10) - 8:10 p.m. ET   Fri Apr 25, 2014 9:26 pm

Top 1

  • 1. Ian Kinsler grounds out, third baseman Trevor Plouffe to first baseman Joe Mauer.
  • 2. Torii Hunter pops out to second baseman Brian Dozier.
  • 3. Miguel Cabrera singles on a line drive to center fielder Sam Fuld.
  • 4. Victor Martinez grounds out, shortstop Pedro Florimon to first baseman Joe Mauer.


Bottom 1

  • 1. Brian Dozier pops out to first baseman Miguel Cabrera.
  • 2. Joe Mauer lines out to left fielder Rajai Davis.
  • 3. Trevor Plouffe strikes out swinging.


0-0 AFTER 1 INNING


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PostSubject: Re: GDT20: 4/25/14 - DET (11-8) AT MIN (11-10) - 8:10 p.m. ET   Fri Apr 25, 2014 9:56 pm

Top 2

  • 1. Austin Jackson reaches on a fielding error by right fielder Chris Colabello. Austin Jackson to 2nd.
  • 2. Nick Castellanos homers (3) on a line drive to right field. Austin Jackson scores.
  • 3. Alex Avila singles on a fly ball to center fielder Sam Fuld.
  • 4. Andrew Romine doubles (1) on a fly ball to center fielder Sam Fuld. Alex Avila out at home on the throw, center fielder Sam Fuld to second baseman Brian Dozier to catcher Kurt Suzuki. Andrew Romine to 3rd on the throw.
  • 5. Rajai Davis grounds out to first baseman Joe Mauer.


Bottom 2

  • 1. Chris Colabello grounds out, shortstop Andrew Romine to first baseman Miguel Cabrera.
  • 2. Jason Kubel hits a ground-rule double (5) on a line drive down the left-field line.
  • 3. Josmil Pinto singles on a line drive to pitcher Rick Porcello. Jason Kubel to 3rd.
  • 4. Kurt Suzuki out on a sacrifice fly to left fielder Rajai Davis. Jason Kubel scores.
  • 5. Sam Fuld singles on a soft line drive to center fielder Austin Jackson. Josmil Pinto to 2nd.
  • Coaching visit to mound.
  • 6. Pedro Florimon called out on strikes.


TIGERS 2-1 AFTER 2 INNINGS


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PostSubject: Re: GDT20: 4/25/14 - DET (11-8) AT MIN (11-10) - 8:10 p.m. ET   Fri Apr 25, 2014 10:55 pm

Top 3

  • 1. Torii Hunter doubles (4) on a line drive to right fielder Chris Colabello.
  • 2. Miguel Cabrera grounds out, second baseman Brian Dozier to first baseman Joe Mauer. Torii Hunter to 3rd.
  • 3. Victor Martinez singles on a ground ball to right fielder Chris Colabello. Torii Hunter scores.
  • 4. Austin Jackson doubles (5) on a fly ball to center fielder Sam Fuld. Victor Martinez to 3rd.
  • Coaching visit to mound.
  • 5. Nick Castellanos singles on a line drive to center fielder Sam Fuld. Victor Martinez scores. Austin Jackson to 3rd.
  • 6. Alex Avila walks. Nick Castellanos to 2nd.
  • 7. Andrew Romine walks. Austin Jackson scores. Nick Castellanos to 3rd. Alex Avila to 2nd.
  • Coaching visit to mound.
  • Pitching Change: Anthony Swarzak replaces Kevin Correia.
  • 8. Rajai Davis singles on a ground ball to right fielder Chris Colabello. Nick Castellanos scores. Alex Avila to 3rd. Andrew Romine to 2nd.
  • 9. Ian Kinsler singles on a ground ball to third baseman Trevor Plouffe. Alex Avila scores. Andrew Romine to 3rd. Rajai Davis to 2nd.
  • 10. Torii Hunter singles on a ground ball to right fielder Chris Colabello. Andrew Romine scores. Rajai Davis scores. Ian Kinsler to 3rd on the throw.
  • 11. Miguel Cabrera grounds into a double play, third baseman Trevor Plouffe to second baseman Brian Dozier to first baseman Joe Mauer. Torii Hunter out at 2nd.


Bottom 3

  • 1. Brian Dozier lines out to third baseman Nick Castellanos.
  • 2. Joe Mauer grounds out, pitcher Rick Porcello to first baseman Miguel Cabrera.
  • 3. Trevor Plouffe strikes out swinging.


TIGERS 9-1 AFTER 3 INNINGS


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PostSubject: Re: GDT20: 4/25/14 - DET (11-8) AT MIN (11-10) - 8:10 p.m. ET   Fri Apr 25, 2014 10:58 pm

Top 4

  • 1. Victor Martinez lines out to left fielder Jason Kubel.
  • 2. Austin Jackson grounds out, shortstop Pedro Florimon to first baseman Joe Mauer.
  • 3. Nick Castellanos grounds out, second baseman Brian Dozier to first baseman Joe Mauer.


Bottom 4

  • 1. Chris Colabello called out on strikes.
  • 2. Jason Kubel flies out to left fielder Rajai Davis.
  • 3. Josmil Pinto grounds out, shortstop Andrew Romine to first baseman Miguel Cabrera.


TIGERS 9-1 AFTER 4 INNINGS


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PostSubject: Re: GDT20: 4/25/14 - DET (11-8) AT MIN (11-10) - 8:10 p.m. ET   Fri Apr 25, 2014 11:10 pm

Top 5

  • 1. Alex Avila grounds out, first baseman Joe Mauer to pitcher Anthony Swarzak.
  • 2. Andrew Romine flies out to left fielder Jason Kubel.
  • 3. Rajai Davis singles on a line drive to left fielder Jason Kubel.
  • 4. Ian Kinsler flies out to left fielder Jason Kubel.


Bottom 5

  • Defensive Substitution: Bryan Holaday replaces catcher Alex Avila, batting 7th, playing catcher.
  • 1. Kurt Suzuki lines out to center fielder Austin Jackson.
  • 2. Sam Fuld singles on a fly ball to left fielder Rajai Davis.
  • 3. Pedro Florimon grounds into a double play, second baseman Ian Kinsler to shortstop Andrew Romine to first baseman Miguel Cabrera. Sam Fuld out at 2nd.


TIGERS 9-1 AFTER 5 INNINGS


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PostSubject: Re: GDT20: 4/25/14 - DET (11-8) AT MIN (11-10) - 8:10 p.m. ET   Fri Apr 25, 2014 11:45 pm

Top 6

  • 1. Torii Hunter doubles (5) on a line drive to left fielder Jason Kubel.
  • 2. Miguel Cabrera singles on a line drive to right fielder Chris Colabello. Torii Hunter scores.
  • 3. Victor Martinez grounds into a force out, first baseman Joe Mauer to shortstop Pedro Florimon. Miguel Cabrera out at 2nd. Victor Martinez to 1st.
  • Coaching visit to mound.
  • Pitching Change: Michael Tonkin replaces Anthony Swarzak.
  • 4. Austin Jackson lines out to center fielder Sam Fuld.
  • 5. Nick Castellanos flies out to right fielder Chris Colabello.


Bottom 6

  • Injury Delay.(Checking on Porcello)

  • 1. Brian Dozier homers (7) on a fly ball to left field.
  • 2. Joe Mauer singles on a sharp ground ball to left fielder Rajai Davis.
  • Detroit Tigers catcher Alex Avila left the game due to an injured leg.
  • 3. Trevor Plouffe walks. Joe Mauer to 2nd.
  • Coaching visit to mound.
  • Pitching Change: Justin Miller replaces Rick Porcello.
  • 4. Chris Colabello singles on a ground ball to center fielder Austin Jackson. Joe Mauer scores. Trevor Plouffe to 2nd.
  • 5. Jason Kubel doubles (6) on a fly ball to center fielder Austin Jackson. Trevor Plouffe scores. Chris Colabello to 3rd.
  • Coaching visit to mound.
  • 6. Josmil Pinto pops out to shortstop Andrew Romine.
  • 7. Kurt Suzuki out on a sacrifice fly to right fielder Torii Hunter. Chris Colabello scores.
  • Coaching visit to mound.
  • Pitching Change: Ian Krol replaces Justin Miller.
  • 8. Sam Fuld strikes out swinging, catcher Bryan Holaday to first baseman Miguel Cabrera.


TIGERS 10-5 AFTER 6 INNINGS


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PostSubject: Re: GDT20: 4/25/14 - DET (11-8) AT MIN (11-10) - 8:10 p.m. ET   Sat Apr 26, 2014 12:05 am

Top 7

  • 1. Bryan Holaday grounds out, shortstop Pedro Florimon to first baseman Joe Mauer.
  • 2. Andrew Romine called out on strikes.
  • 3. Rajai Davis singles on a ground ball to center fielder Sam Fuld, deflected by pitcher Michael Tonkin.
  • With Ian Kinsler batting, Rajai Davis steals (8) 2nd base.
  • 4. Ian Kinsler grounds out, third baseman Trevor Plouffe to first baseman Joe Mauer.


Bottom 7

  • 1. Pedro Florimon grounds out, pitcher Ian Krol to first baseman Miguel Cabrera.
  • 2. Brian Dozier flies out to right fielder Torii Hunter.
  • 3. Joe Mauer reaches on a fielding error by second baseman Ian Kinsler.
  • Coaching visit to mound.
  • Pitching Change: Evan Reed replaces Ian Krol.
  • 4. Trevor Plouffe doubles (10) on a line drive to right fielder Torii Hunter. Joe Mauer scores.
  • 5. Chris Colabello called out on strikes.


TIGERS 10-6 after 7 INNINGS


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PostSubject: Re: GDT20: 4/25/14 - DET (11-8) AT MIN (11-10) - 8:10 p.m. ET   Sat Apr 26, 2014 12:29 am

Top 8

  • Pitching Change: Caleb Thielbar replaces Michael Tonkin.
  • 1. Torii Hunter flies out to center fielder Sam Fuld.
  • 2. Miguel Cabrera flies out to right fielder Chris Colabello.
  • 3. Victor Martinez flies out to center fielder Sam Fuld.


Bottom 8

  • 1. Jason Kubel singles on a sharp ground ball to center fielder Austin Jackson.
  • 2. Josmil Pinto grounds into a force out, third baseman Nick Castellanos to second baseman Ian Kinsler. Jason Kubel out at 2nd. Josmil Pinto to 1st.
  • 3. Kurt Suzuki walks. Josmil Pinto to 2nd.
  • Coaching visit to mound.
  • Pitching Change: Joba Chamberlain replaces Evan Reed.
  • 4. Sam Fuld grounds into a force out, first baseman Miguel Cabrera to shortstop Andrew Romine. Josmil Pinto to 3rd. Kurt Suzuki out at 2nd. Sam Fuld to 1st.
  • Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Chris Herrmann replaces Pedro Florimon.
  • 5. Chris Herrmann pops out to third baseman Nick Castellanos in foul territory.


TIGERS 10-6 after 8 INNINGS


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PostSubject: Re: GDT20: 4/25/14 - DET (11-8) AT MIN (11-10) - 8:10 p.m. ET   Sat Apr 26, 2014 1:08 am

Top 9

  • Defensive Substitution: Eduardo Escobar replaces Chris Herrmann, batting 9th, playing shortstop.
  • Pitching Change: Casey Fien replaces Caleb Thielbar.
  • 1. Austin Jackson pops out to second baseman Brian Dozier.
  • 2. Nick Castellanos grounds out, second baseman Brian Dozier to first baseman Joe Mauer.
  • 3. Bryan Holaday flies out to center fielder Sam Fuld.


Bottom 9

  • Pitching Change: Joe Nathan replaces Joba Chamberlain.
  • 1. Brian Dozier grounds out, second baseman Ian Kinsler to first baseman Miguel Cabrera.
  • 2. Joe Mauer singles on a line drive to left fielder Rajai Davis.
  • 3. Trevor Plouffe called out on strikes.
  • With Chris Colabello batting, Joe Mauer advances to 2nd on defensive indifference.
  • 4. Chris Colabello grounds out, first baseman Miguel Cabrera to pitcher Joe Nathan.


TIGERS WIN 10-6

BOX SCORE

W: Porcello (3-1)
L: Correia (0-3)


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