July 5, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire (35) towels off during the fourth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

Twins Vs. Tigers: Bullpen Blows Lead, Potential Series Win Against Detroit

The Minnesota Twins were on their way to winning the series against the Detroit Tigers, but the bullpen was unable to make that happen on Thursday afternoon.

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Sam Deduno Selected By Minnesota Twins; Chris Parmelee Sent To Triple-A

On Thursday afternoon, the Minnesota Twins selected starting pitcher Sam Deduno's contract up from the team's Triple-A affiliate the Rochester Red Wings, in what is the club's third shakeup in the last 48 hours.

The 29-year old right-hander is expected to start against the Texas Rangers on Saturday night.

Deduno was 1-4 with a 2.14 earned-run average and a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 46-22 in 42 innings pitched over nine starts with the Red Wings. Cole De Vries, who had been recalled to start Saturday's game, ended up pitching in relief on Wednesday and will now start on Sunday.

In order to make room for Deduno, the Twins were forced to option first baseman Chris Parmelee to Rochester in his place.

Parmelee played in 38 games with the Twins this season, registering a batting average of .194 with 27 strikeouts.

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Twins Vs. Tigers: Minnesota Blows Lead, Falls To Detroit, 7-3

The Minnesota Twins fell to the the Detroit Tigers in the final game of a four-game set on Thursday afternoon by the score of 7-3. Despite leading 3-0 heading into the bottom of the fourth inning, the Twins couldn't hold onto the lead and allowed the Tigers to put up two runs in the fourth and fifth to close the gap.

Once the Tigers put up five runs in the bottom of the eighth, the game was all but over.

Prince Fielder and Miguel Cabrera acted as Twin killers, combining for five of the Tigers seven runs. Fielder and Delmon Young hit back-to-back home runs in the eighth, with Fielder's three-run home run acting as the game-winning hit.

Twins relief pitcher Alex Burnett was pegged with the loss, while Octavio Dotel earned the win.

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Twins Vs. Tigers: Scott Diamond Goes For Third-Straight Win

Minnesota Twins starter Scott Diamond will take the hill in Thursday's series finale against the Detroit Tigers.

Diamond, 7-3 with a 2.63 ERA, has won two straight starts and continues to be a rare bright spot in the Twins rotation. Among pitchers with at least seven starts, Diamond has by far the lowest ERA -- the next closest in Francisco Liriano at 5.40 -- and WHIP -- 1.21 compared to Carl Pavano's 1.40.

To put that ERA in context, Minnesota has had three starters this season, Liam Hendriks, Nick Blackburn and Jason Marquis, who have ERA's of over 7.00.

Diamond, who pitched 8.0 innings in each of his last two outings, has yet to face the Tigers this season. And while Detroit's offense has been quiet for much of the season, there are signs that the vaunted Miguel Cabrera/Prince Fielder combo is rounding into form. Cabrera hit two home runs in Wednesday's Detroit victory, and overall the team has scored at least five runs in eight of their last 10.

Rick Porcello, 6-5 with a 4.35 ERA, will start for Detroit. He has given up just three earned runs in his last three starts.

First pitching Thursday is set for 12:05 Central.

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Twins Vs. Tigers Final: Miguel Cabrera, Justin Verlander Doom Minnesota To 5-1 Loss

The Minnesota Twins got a serviceable starting pitching performance Wednesday, but it wasn't nearly good enough to hang with Justin Verlander, who pitched a complete game en route to a 5-1 Detroit Tigers victory.

After giving up two runs in the first inning, Twins starter Brian Duensing, 1-5, settled down and worked his way into the fifth inning. That's more than can be said for Minnesota's starters on Monday (Liam Hendriks) or Tuesday (Nick Blackburn), each of whom was knocked out after 4.0 innings.

The Twins offense was able to rescue Hendriks and Blackburn, but there was no such rescue in the cards for Duensing, who had the misfortune of going up against Verlander. Verlander was in top form Wednesday, scattering four hits and striking out seven. It was the ninth time this season that Verlander has pitched at least 8.0 innings.

The series finale is Thursday afternoon in Detroit.

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Brian Duensing Injury Update: Bruised Left Ankle, X-Rays Negative

In the fifth inning of Wednesday night's game against the Detroit Tigers, Minnesota Wild pitcher Brian Duensing's outing ended early with an apparent left ankle injury. The bad news? He was having a pretty good night.The good news? It's nothing too serious, via Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com:

Duensing had pitched four and one-third innings before getting hit by a liner courtesy of Detroit's Alex Avila. He'd given up four hits, two earned runs, walked one and struck out two. He was replaced by Kyle Waldrop, who was replaced by Cole De Vries in the seventh. De Vries is scheduled to start Saturday against Texas.

The Twins are down 5-1 in the eighth inning.

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Twins Vs. Tigers: Brian Duensing Injury: Pitcher Hit With Liner, Leaves In Fifth

The Minnesota Twins' Brian Duensing has left Wednesday night's game against the Detroit Tigers after being hit by a line drive from Alex Avila.

The ball appeared to hit Duensing's left ankle, via the Star Tribune's Joe Christensen.

Though he was wincing and appeared to be in a significant of pain, Duensing walked off under his own power. No word yet on the seriousness of the injury, but he has been replaced by Ryan Waldrop.

Duensing pitched four and one-third innings on Wednesday night. He gave up four hits, two earned runs, walked one and struck out two. He wasn't having a bad night until Avila came up to bat.

Wednesday's game was delayed from a 7:30 p.m. ET first pitch to a 9:30 p.m. ET first pitch. In the sixth inning, the Twins trail 2-1.

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Twins Vs. Tigers: First Pitch Scheduled For 9:30 Eastern After Rain Delay

The Minnesota Twins and Detroit Tigers will play some baseball on Wednesday night; it's just going to start a bit later than we expected. There was a 90-minute rain delay before they met on Tuesday night and, due to heavy rain at Comerica Park in Detroit, it has been an even longer delay on Wednesday.

Originally scheduled to start at 7:05 p.m. ET, the Twins will now look for their six straight win starting at 9:05 p.m. ET. Kudos to those in Detroit who stuck around staring at the tarp on the field, hoping they would get to see Justin Verlander pitch.

The Twins just have to hope Verlander is thrown off by the delay. He hasn't lost a game against Minnesota since 2010.

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Minnesota Twins Demote Nick Blackburn

The Minnesota Twins decided enough was enough from Nick Blackburn, who was demoted Wednesday after back-to-back starts of allowing six runs. Replacing him on the roster is right-handed pitcher Casey Fien.

After Tuesday's start, the writing was on the wall.

"We'll talk about (Blackburn's status) over the next day or so, figure out what we're going to do," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire told reporters after the game.

Blackburn made 13 starts for the Twins this season and posted a 4-5 record and 8.10 ERA. He had made at least 26 starts for the Twins each of the last four seasons.

Working exclusively as a reliever in Triple-A, Fien posted a 4.30 ERA in 33 appearances. He last appeared in the major leagues for the Detroit Tigers in 2010.

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Twins Vs. Tigers: Fourth Of July Lineups Announced

Five straight wins for the Minnesota Twins make them the hottest team in baseball. Winning six in a row will mean gettyng past Justin Verlander.

Here are the lineups for both teams on Wednesday:

Minnesota Twins

1. Denard Span (L) CF
2. Ben Revere (L) RF
3. Joe Mauer (L) C
4. Josh Willingham (R) LF
5. Chris Parmelee (L) 1B
6. Trevor Plouffe (R) 3B
7. Ryan Doumit (S) DH
8. Jamey Carroll (R) SS
9. Alexi Casilla (S) 2B


1. Austin Jackson (R) CF
2. Ryan Raburn (R) LF
3. Miguel Cabrera (R) 3B
4. Prince Fielder (L) 1B
5. Delmon Young (R) DH
6. Jhonny Peralta (R) SS
7. Brennan Boesch (L) RF
8. Alex Avila (L) C
9. Ramon Santiago (S) 2B

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Twins Vs. Tigers: Minnesota Seeks Sixth Win In A Row

The first two games of the series between the Minnesota Twins and Detroit Tigers have produced some fireworks on the scoreboard, with 6-4 and 8-6 results both going to the Twins. They'll have a bit of a challenge ahead of them if they want to keep the fireworks off the bat going on July 4 as they head into game three of the series to face Justin Verlander from the Tigers.

Verlander has not lost a game since 2010 when facing the Twins, though this will be his first appearance on the mound against them this season. He has an 8-5 record, 121 strikeouts and a 2.69 ERA, another solid start to the season from the Tigers ace.

Brian Duensing will be given the task of facing off against Verlander. Duensing is 1-4 with a 4.10 ERA so far this season. With a win tonight, the Twins will be able to push their winning streak to six straight games after taking three straight from the Royals and then the first two games from Detroit in this series. They will win the four game series as well with a victory.

The game will be at Comerica Park at 7:05 p.m. ET, assuming of course there isn't another rain delay like the one that stifled Tuesday's game.

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Twins Vs. Tigers: Minnesota Beats Detroit 8-6 For Fifth Straight Win

It was worth the wait for the Minnesota Twins as they beat the Detroit Tiger 8-6 after weathering a 90-minute rain delay before the first pitch. Once the game started the Twins slugged three home runs to hold on for their fifth-straight win and second against the Tigers in the four-game series between the teams.

Third baseman Trevor Plouffe came up big for the Twins at the plate and in the field, belting his19th home run of the season to cap off the 5-run third inning for Minnesota. Later with the Twins holding a one-run lead in the bottom of the seventh inning, Plouffe snagged a hard line drive from Detroit's Miguel Cabrerra and then doubled off Quintin Berry at first base.

The game went back and forth early and after the Twins scored five runs in the top of the third to chase Detroit starter Duane Below from the game, the Tigers roared back to tie the game at 6-6 with a three-run fourth inning fueled by a solo shot from Boesch and a two-run homer by center fielder Austin Jackson.

Eventually, though a Ryan Doumit sac fly would score the winning run for the Twins while Joe Mauer smacked his 18th home run of the season to lead off the ninth and add a little insurance.

Minnesota reliever Jeff Gray moved his record to 5-0 after earning the win, while closer Glen Perkins shut down the Tigers for his fourth save of the season. Reliever Brayan Villareal (3-2) was tagged with the loss for the Tigers.The two teams continue their four-game series on Wednesday night at 7:05 p.m. ET.

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Twins Vs. Tigers: Start Of Game Delayed Due To Thunderstorms

Eager to get on the field in search of their fifth straight victory, the Minnesota Twins will face the uncomfortable situation of dealing with a rain delay on Tuesday as thunderstorms pepper the Detroit area and have forced the two teams into their respective locker rooms.

While a tarp was on the field leading up the to the scheduled 6:00 p.m. CT first pitch, accelerated rain leading up to the start time forced the game into a delay. And as MLB.com's Rhett Bollinger points out, the sight of nearby lightning could threaten to put a wrench in everyone's plans.

Weather reports are indicating that the serious storms will wrap up by 7:00 p.m., but there has been no official word on what time the game might possibly get underway. With lightning forcing everyone to the concourse, it could wind up being a long night for Twins fans who made the trek to Detroit to catch the four-game series.

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Twins Vs. Tigers: Starting Lineups For Tuesday's Game 2

Just 4.5 games behind the Detroit Tigers heading into the second game of their four-game set, the Minnesota Twins can pick up their fifth consecutive victory on Tuesday night at Comerica Park and further close the gap.

The Twins racked up 13 hits as a team in Monday's 6-4 victory, and will hope to have similar success in game two against Detroit's Duane Below. The 26-year-old left-hander has not started a game for the Tigers yet this season, but posted a stellar 2.70 ERA in 33.1 innings out of the bullpen and features swing-and-miss stuff.

Manager Ron Gardenhire will give the ball to starter Nick Blackburn in hopes of a bounce back performance from his veteran right-hander. Blackburn has yielded at least four runs in each of his last four outings, and faces a Detroit lineup that has the potential to rack up runs in a hurry.

Here are the starting lineups for Tuesday's game:

Twins
1. Denard Span - CF
2. Ben Revere - RF
3. Joe Mauer - C
4. Josh Willingham - LF
5. Justin Morneau - 1B
6. Trevor Plouffe - 3B
7. Ryan Doumit - DH
8. Brian Dozier - SS
9. Alexi Casilla - 2B
Nick Blackburn - SP

Tigers
1. Austin Jackson - CF
2. Quintin Berry - LF
3. Miguel Cabrera - 3B
4. Prince Fielder - 1B
5. Delmon Young - DH
6. Alex Avila - C
7. Ryan Raburn - 2B
8. Brennan Boesch - RF
9. Ramon Santiago - SS
Duane Below - SP

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Minnesota Twins Send Liam Hendriks To Triple-A, Recall Cole DeVries

On Tuesday afternoon, the Minnesota Twins announced that the club was demoting right-handed pitcher Liam Hendriks to Triple-A Rochester and would be bringing up right-handed pitcher Cole De Vries in his place.

The move comes the morning after Hendriks was unable to register the win against the Detroit Tigers on Monday night despite owning a 6-1 lead. Allowing four runs on six hits over four innings, Hendriks was pulled in place of Anthony Swarzak who managed to earn the win.

Hendriks was winless in eight starts with the Twins this season and has an 7.04 ERA with 10 home runs allowed in 38.1 innings pitched.

De Vries held the Kansas City Royals to just one run in six innings on Saturday night and will likely start Saturday night in Texas. He is 2-1 in four appearances with the Twins this season and has a 3.73 ERA over 21 innings pitched.

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Twins Vs. Tigers Preview: Minnesota Goes For Five In A Row

The Minnesota Twins may be last in their division, but they're also the hottest team in the American League. With their 6-4 win in Detroit on Monday night, the Twins have won four straight for the second time this season.

The win was manager Ron Gardenhire's 900th of his career. He is one of nine managers in the Majors to hit that number and the second in Twins history after Tom Kelly, who holds the franchise record with 1,140 wins, via Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com.

Gardenhire will go for win No. 901 on Tuesday against a Tigers team that's missing its regularly scheduled starter. Late Monday, Detroit scratched Max Scherzer due to a hamstring injury and he will be replaced in the rotation by Duane Below, via Joe Christensen of The Star Tribune.

It'll be the first start of the season for Below, who is 2-1 and has an ERA of 2.70 in 21 appearances in relief this season.

The Twins will start Nick Blackburn, who is 4-5 on the season and has a 7.74 ERA.

The game starts at 6:05 p.m. CT and can be seen on Fox Sports North.

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Twins Vs. Tigers Final Score: Minnesota Wins 4th Straight

The Minnesota Twins have started their series at Comerica Park on the right note. They beat the Detroit Tigers 6-4 on Monday night to extend their winning streak to four games.

After three innings, Minnesota trailed 1-0. Consecutive singles from Ben Revere, Joe Mauer and Josh Willingham keyed a four-run fourth and they headed into the bottom of the fifth up 6-1 after RBI-singles from Mauer and Justin Morneau.

Liam Hendricks gave up a two-run double to Miguel Cabrera and a sac fly to Delmon Young in the fifth and was pulled for Anthony Swarzak. After five innings, it was 6-4 for the Twins and that's how it would stay. With the win, Swarzak improved to 2-4 on the year.

After going 2-for-4 on Monday, Mauer has a 10 game hitting streak. All 13 of Minnesota's hits were singles.

Doug Fister pitched four innings for Detroit and gave up eight hits and six earned runs.

It was the 900th career win for Twins manager Ron Gardenhire.

Game 2 is Tuesday at 6:05 C.T.

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Twins Vs. Tigers Score Update: Minnesota Up 2 After 5

The Minnesota Twins are looking to win their fourth straight game tonight at Comerica Park. After five innings, they lead Game 1 of their series against the Detroit Tigers 6-4.

The Twins trailed 1-0 after three innings and then their bats caught fire. Ben Revere, Joe Mauer and Josh Willingham hit consecutive singles off Doug Fister and suddenly the game was tied at one. Trevor Plouffe scored Mauer and Willingham on a single, then Ryan Doumit's single scoured Plouffe and Minnesota was up 4-1 after four.

Mauer and Justin Morneau added RBI-singles in the fifth inning to make it 6-1, before a two run double from the Tigers' Miguel Cabrera cut the lead to 6-3.

Starting pitcher Liam Hendriks gave up three runs and six hits in four innings. He was pulled in the fifth before recording an out, replaced by Anthony Swarzak. Hendricks is winless in 12 MLB starts.

Delmon Young's sac fly off Swarzak made it 6-4 heading into the sixth.

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Twins Vs. Tigers Preview: Minnesota Looking For 4th Straight Win On Monday

Minnesota faces a tough task against the Detroit Tigers who are currently in third place in the AL Central division.

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