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Tigers Hit the Road With Five Game Lead Over Twins

The Tigers needed ten innings yesterday, but Placido Polanco drove home Ryan Raburn with a sac. fly in the bottom of the tenth to wrap up a sweep of the Cleveland Indians.  With the win, the Tigers extended their lead in the AL Central to five games over the Twins as they hit the road for a three game series against the Rays.

Curtis Granderson put the Tigers on the board with a lead off home run and then Clete Thomas tripled home two runs in the seventh to give the Tigers a 3-0 lead.  The Indians then rallied in the eighth for three runs off of Ryan Perry and Fu-Ten Ni before Zach Miner came in to get the Tigers out of the jam.  Miner went on to throw two more shutout innings and he picked up the win to improve to 6-4.  A really good start by Nate Robertson almost went to waste.  He gave up four hits and two walks with four strikeouts in six shutout innings.

The Twins take on the Indians over the weekend.  Tonight, we’ll get to see Jeff Niemann who had a really nice start last Sunday against the Tigers.  Justin Verlander goes for his 16th win as he throws for the Tigers.

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