Tigers' 3-run 16th sinks Twins

BY foxsports • July 4, 2009

Placido Polanco might have been the grittiest player on a night where several were in contention after 16 innings.

The Detroit Tigers second basemen fouled a ball off his protective cup in the 14th inning, only to follow it up on the next pitch with an RBI single. He hit another run-scoring single in the 16th inning that put his team up for good in an 11-9 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Friday night.

After fouling a pitch from R.A. Dickey into the dirt, Polanco went down when the ball bounced back and hit him. He needed several minutes to recover and was visited by manager Jim Leyland and a team trainer behind the plate.

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