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DETROIT (1660 THE FAN) – Austin Jackson started the scoring for Detroit in the bottom of the first inning with a solo home run.
That was just the beginning.
The Tigers rocked Minnesota Twins starter Samuel Deduno, putting seven runs on the board in the first three innings. Detroit would go on to win the first game of the crucial series 8-0.
Alex Avila drove in a second-inning RBI in his return from injury, raising the Tigers lead to 2-0 in the second inning. Prince Fielder drove in another run in the third before Delmon Young broke the game wide open with a three-run home run.
Miguel Cabrera hit his 42nd home run of the season in the fourth inning, moving him into a tie with Texas’ Josh Hamilton for the American League lead in home runs. Cabrera currently leads the AL in batting average and RBI.
Doug Fister was dominant in his start, pitching a complete game shutout while striking out seven. The win moves Fister to 10-9 on the season.
With the win the Tigers move to within one game of the Chicago White Sox pending tonight’s game between Chicago and Los Angeles.
The Tigers play two tomorrow in Comerica Park. Max Scherzer (16-6, 3.78 ERA) takes the mound in the first game of the series. Broadcast for that game begins at 12:40 p.m. Game two features Drew Smyly (4-3, 4.45 ERA) and begins at 6:40 p.m.
Dan Dickerson and Jim Price will have the call for both games live on 590 WKZO.