Twins 4, Tigers 3

Sluggish throughout a homestand opener against the Detroit

Tigers on Tuesday night, the Minnesota Twins never needed their

bullpen more.

Matt Guerrier, Randy Flores, Jesse Crain and Matt Capps came

through in a huge way for the Twins, showing perhaps the biggest

reason they hold such a big lead over the Tigers with one month to

play.

Delmon Young had two hits, including the go-ahead single in the

seventh against Detroit’s bumbling bullpen, to lift the Twins to a

4-3 victory over the Tigers.

Guerrier (3-7), Flores, Crain and Capps combined to allow one

hit over 2 1-3 innings as the Twins scratched their way back from a

3-0 deficit.

”We all try to build off each other,” Crain said. ”Everyone

out there, we’ve all been in hold situations, save situations. So

we feel anytime we go out there we treat it the same way, as if

it’s the ninth inning.”

Young’s big hit came after Tigers reliever Phil Coke (7-4) hit

two batters to load the bases and Ryan Perry walked in the tying

run.

Danny Valencia had three hits and an RBI and Brian Duensing gave

up three unearned runs on nine hits in 6 2-3 innings for the Twins,

who stayed four games ahead of the Chicago White Sox in the AL

Central.

The Twins committed two errors that led to all three Tigers

runs, had a runner thrown out at home by 30 feet to end a rally and

had injuries to Jason Kubel, Brian Fuentes and possibly Orlando

Hudson.

”Ugly game,” manager Ron Gardenhire said.

Kubel was hit on the left hand by Coke in the seventh. He was

taken for X-rays, which showed no break. Fuentes’s back locked up

on him while warming in the bullpen and both players could miss a

few days. Hudson has been battling an injured foot and Gardenhire

said he would be re-evaluated on Wednesday.

The Twins said they planned to recall infielder Trevor Plouffe

and catcher Jose Morales on Wednesday for reinforcements.

Jhonny Peralta had three hits and an RBI for the Tigers, but

struck out with the tying run at third base to end the game.

Armando Galarraga gave up two runs on eight hits in six innings and

left with a 3-2 lead before the Tigers bullpen faltered.

”Two walks, two hit batsmen in a one-run game against a good

team, or any team, that just can’t happen,” Tigers manager Jim

Leyland said.

The lefty Coke started the seventh inning and walked J.J. Hardy.

Denard Span bunted him over and then Coke hit lefties Joe Mauer and

Jason Kubel to load the bases. Manager Jim Leyland went to the

righty Perry against Michael Cuddyer, who walked on four pitches to

tie the game.

”I wasn’t able to put it in the zone when I needed it,” said

Perry, whose Tigers fell 11 games behind Minnesota.

Young followed with a sharp single to right field for the lead,

but the inning ended when Kubel was thrown out at home plate.

Duensing dropped his ERA to 2.04, giving up three unearned

runs.

Hardy’s throwing error in the first inning led to two unearned

runs for the Tigers on singles by Peralta and Brandon Inge. Hudson

then short-hopped a throw to Cuddyer at first base in the second

inning, allowing Casper Wells to come around and score for a 3-0

lead.

Cuddyer certainly wasn’t at fault for not scooping the throw,

but it’s a play that Justin Morneau, a natural first baseman, has

made regularly over the years. But the All-Star first baseman has

been out since the first week of July with a concussion, and he

doesn’t appear to be coming back anytime soon.

Doctors told the former AL MVP to stay home until Friday at

least. Manager Ron Gardenhire said it was not a set back, but there

is no denying that Morneau isn’t much closer to returning than he

was when he started taking swings at Target Field a few weeks

ago.

The Twins also were without Jim Thome, who was given another day

off to rest his stiff back. He is listed as day-to-day.

”We didn’t play very well for about six or seven innings,”

Gardenhire said. ”Nothing was happening good for us. We didn’t

play good defense. We didn’t hit much. We stayed after the game and

it got exciting there as we went along.”

NOTES: The Tigers said they will call up RHP Robbie Weinhardt on

Wednesday when rosters expand. Weinhardt was 1-1 with a 1.62 ERA in

23 games at Triple-A Toledo. It will be his second callup of the

season. … With Thome on the bench, LF Young was given his first

DH day of the season. Jason Repko played in LF and made an

excellent leaping catch at the wall to take a hit away from Alex

Avila in the sixth inning. … Twins INF Nick Punto (hamstring) did

some light running on Tuesday and said he planned to ramp up his

workouts as the week progressed.