American League Game Summary - Detroit at Minnesota|
(Sunday, September 30th)
Final Score: Detroit 2, Minnesota 1
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Prince Fielder blasted a two-run homer in
the eighth inning as the Detroit Tigers moved closer to clinching the AL
Central title with a 2-1 win over the Minnesota Twins in the rubber match of a
three-game series at Target Field.
The Tigers' magic number for securing the division title is down to one after
the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Chicago White Sox, 6-2, on Sunday.
Fielder's 30th home run of the season, an opposite-field shot to left, was
given up by Minnesota reliever Jared Burton (3-2) with two outs. Burton, who
replaced starter Liam Hendriks prior to the inning, had retired two batters in
a row after allowing a leadoff single to Austin Jackson.
"I'm just glad I was able to help my team," Fielder said.
Octavio Dotel pitched out of a jam in the bottom of the eighth, getting Pedro
Florimon to fly out to left field with men on the corners. Jose Valverde then
pitched the ninth for his 34th save.
Anibal Sanchez started for Detroit and gave up one run on seven hits in 6 1/3
innings. Phil Coke (2-3) picked up the win in relief.
Florimon singled home the Twins' lone run in the seventh. Minnesota loaded the
bases later in the inning, but Justin Morneau grounded out to second.
"It is a tough loss, but it was a good game and Prince had a big hit for
them," Twins infielder Jamey Carroll said.
Detroit third baseman Miguel Cabrera went 0-for-3 and remains stuck on 199
hits ... Joe Mauer had three of Minnesota's 10 hits ... Hendriks scattered
five hits over seven frames ... The Twins were 1-for-11 with runners in
scoring position and left 11 men on base ... Minnesota finished with a 31-50
09/30 21:02:44 ET