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First Place At a Price

The first piece of big news is the Tigers beat the Twins in Minnesota to move into first place in the AL Central.  Of course the second piece of big news is the bitter sweet half because in the process, Joel Zumaya was injured and his future is unclear.

The Tigers got off to a quick start against Francisco Liriano.  Miguel Cabrera and Brennan Boesch each had two run doubles and the Tigers scored a fifth run in the second inning on a Ryan Raburn ground out.  The Twins eventually bridged some of this gap and made it 5-4 before Ryan Raburn drove in his second run in the seventh on a single that effectively put the game away.  Austin Jackson went two for four with three runs and five different Tigers had a pair of hits.  Magglio Ordonez sat the game out with his nagging injury.

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After that, Jose Valverde pitched 1 2/3 innings to slam the door.  He struck out three and didn’t allow a base runner for his 18th save of the season.

Game two is tonight.  Armando Galarraga gets the nod and he’ll go up against Nick Blackburn.  Galarraga is coming off of back to back mediocre starts so hopefully he can turn it around.

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