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DETROIT (WKZO) – The only place to go is up. Detroit’s early season woes took another hit Thursday, being swept by the AL Central bottom-feeding Minnesota Twins by a 4-3 final. The Tigers haven’t won back to back games since early April, and are two games under .500 for the first time in over a year.
Inconsistencies continued to plague Detroit, starting with Doug Fister. Fister surrendered nine hits, three earned runs including a pair of home runs in six innings of work. His dismal afternoon was typified by a missed out in the fifth, a simple throw to Prince Fielder at first that Prince dropped. The Twins scored in the inning, extending their lead to 4-0.
The up and down offense was for the most part down. Aside from solo home runs Brennan Boesch, Andy Dirks and Prince Fielder, the only other batter to manage a hit was Alex Avila. The Tigers recorded four total hits compared to the Twins 10 hits. Trailing 4-1, Dirks and Fielder’s sixth inning homeruns tightened the Minnesota lead, but they wouldn’t come any closer.
The Tigers are hoping interleague play treats them a little better. Detroit opens that schedule tonight at home against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Justin Verlander takes the hill at 7:05 pm on AM 590 WKZO.