Twins blanked by Tigers 4-0
MINNEAPOLIS (Sports Network) - Rick Porcello tossed seven strong innings and Prince Fielder hit a two-run double to help the Detroit Tigers take a 4-0 win over the Minnesota Twins in the opener of a three-game set.
Porcello (4-3) gave up just three hits without a walk while striking out five to pick up his second straight win for the Tigers, who have won six of eight. Victor Martinez and Jhonny Peralta each hit an RBI double in the win.
Scott Diamond (4-6) dropped his second straight start after giving up four runs on five hits and a pair of walks over 5 2/3 innings for the Twins, who have lost four of six.
Detroit didn't get a runner past second until the sixth inning when it went ahead with four runs.
Austin Jackson walked with one out and, after Torii Hunter grounded out, Miguel Cabrera was issued an intentional walk. Fielder doubled home both runners and scored when Martinez followed with a double. Peralta then hit a two-bagger for a 4-0 lead.
Porcello only allowed two batters to reach second base in his outing, the last time occuring on a ground-rule double from Oswaldo Arcia with one out in the fifth. He then retired the next two batters and set the Twins down in order in the sixth and seventh innings before stepping off the mound.
Former Twins closer "Everyday" Eddie Guardado was inducted into the Twins Hall of Fame at a special pre-game ceremony last night at Target Field. Guardado spent 12 of his 17 Major League seasons with the Twins, accumulating 648 pitching appearances throughout his career, which is the most of any Twin ever. He was a two-time all-star and is third in saves in franchise history with 116 In addition to Guardado, longtime public relations director Tom Mee will also go into the Twins Hall of Fame tonight. Mee began his career with the Twins with the team's very first game in Minnesota in 1961. Guardado and Mee will become the 25th and 26th members of the Twins Hall of Fame.