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Tiebreaker heartbreak
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Twins 6, Tigers 5
Manager Jim Leyland's crew had a terrific ride, but fell in the tiebreaker. (Jamie Squire/Getty)
Detroit fought valiantly from start to finish, but when push came to shove, the Tigers were unable to beat the Twins in a one-game tiebreaker at the Metrodome, falling one win short of clinching the AL Central and making the playoffs.
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Series at a glance:
  • Tue. 10/06: MIN 6, DET 5
DET
Detroit (86-77)
Lost 1
Minnesota 6, Detroit 5   MIN
Minnesota (87-76)
Won 5
October 6, 2009
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Detroit
0 0 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0   5 12 1
Minnesota
0 0 1 0 0 1 2 0 0 1 0 1   6 12 0
Standings thru 10/6/09  |  Recap: DET | MIN  |  Gameday  |  Tigers stats  |  Twins stats
Detroit AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Granderson, CF 5 1 2 0 1 1 0 .249
Polanco, 2B 6 0 1 0 0 2 5 .285
Ordonez, RF 5 2 2 2 0 0 3 .310
  Thomas, C, RF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .240
Cabrera, M, 1B 5 1 2 2 1 0 0 .324
Guillen, DH 3 0 0 0 1 1 1 .242
  1-Ramirez, W, PR-DH 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .364
  a-Huff, PH-DH 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .241
  3-Kelly, D, PR-DH 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 .250
Raburn, LF 4 0 2 0 2 1 1 .291
Inge, 3B 5 0 1 1 1 0 8 .230
Laird, C 6 0 0 0 0 2 10 .225
Santiago, R, SS 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 .267
  2-Everett, PR-SS 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .238
Totals 46 5 12 5 6 8 29  

a-Hit by pitch for Ramirez, W in the 10th.
1-Ran for Guillen in the 8th. 2-Ran for Santiago, R in the 9th. 3-Ran for Huff in the 10th.

BATTING
2B: Cabrera, M (34, Baker, S), Inge (16, Crain).
HR: Cabrera, M (34, 3rd inning off Baker, S, 1 on, 2 out), Ordonez (9, 8th inning off Guerrier, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Inge 2; Cabrera, M 6; Polanco; Santiago, R; Kelly, D; Raburn 2; Ordonez 5; Granderson 2.
RBI: Ordonez 2 (50), Cabrera, M 2 (103), Inge (84).
2-out RBI: Ordonez; Cabrera, M 2; Inge.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Laird 5; Polanco.
GIDP: Laird.
Team RISP: 2-for-13.
Team LOB: 12.

FIELDING
E: Porcello (2, pickoff).
Outfield assists: Raburn (Casilla, A at home).
DP: (Raburn-Laird).

 
Minnesota AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Span, CF-RF 5 0 1 0 0 1 1 .311
Cabrera, O, SS 6 1 1 2 0 1 3 .284
Mauer, C 4 0 2 0 2 1 0 .365
Kubel, RF 4 1 1 1 0 1 4 .300
  Gomez, C, CF 2 1 1 0 0 0 2 .229
Cuddyer, 1B 5 1 1 0 1 1 2 .276
Young, D, LF 5 0 1 0 1 1 1 .284
Morales, J, DH 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 .311
  a-Harris, B, PH-DH 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 .261
  1-Casilla, A, PR-DH 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 .202
Tolbert, 3B 5 1 2 1 0 2 3 .232
Punto, 2B 4 1 1 0 1 1 3 .228
Totals 44 6 12 5 6 11 19  

a-Hit by pitch for Morales, J in the 6th.
1-Ran for Harris, B in the 10th.

BATTING
2B: Mauer (30, Porcello).
3B: Cuddyer (7, Rodney).
HR: Kubel (28, 6th inning off Porcello, 0 on, 2 out), Cabrera, O (9, 7th inning off Miner, 1 on, 1 out).
TB: Cuddyer 3; Tolbert 2; Span; Young, D; Punto; Gomez, C; Kubel 4; Cabrera, O 4; Mauer 3; Casilla, A.
RBI: Kubel (103), Cabrera, O 2 (77), Tolbert (19), Casilla, A (17).
2-out RBI: Kubel.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Kubel 2; Tolbert 2; Gomez, C.
SAC: Span.
Team RISP: 2-for-10.
Team LOB: 12.

FIELDING
DP: 2 (Tolbert-Punto-Cuddyer, Cabrera, O-Cuddyer).

 
Detroit IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Porcello 5.2 4 2 1 2 8 1 3.96
Miner (BS, 4) 0.2 4 2 2 0 1 1 4.29
Ni, F 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2.61
Lyon 1.2 0 0 0 1 1 0 2.86
Rodney (L, 2-5) 3.0 4 2 2 3 1 0 4.40
 
Minnesota IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Baker, S 6.0 6 3 3 2 2 1 4.37
Rauch 0.2 0 0 0 0 0 0 3.60
Mijares 0.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2.34
Guerrier 0.2 1 1 1 2 0 1 2.36
Nathan 1.2 2 0 0 0 2 0 2.10
Crain 1.1 1 1 1 0 2 0 4.70
Mahay 0.1 0 0 0 0 1 0 4.29
Keppel (W, 1-1) 1.1 1 0 0 2 1 0 4.83

Baker, S pitched to 1 batter in the 7th.
Mijares pitched to 1 batter in the 7th.

IBB: Raburn (by Keppel), Mauer (by Rodney), Young, D (by Rodney).
HBP: Huff (by Crain), Harris, B (by Miner).
Pitches-strikes: Porcello 92-59, Miner 23-15, Ni, F 4-3, Lyon 26-18, Rodney 48-28, Baker, S 91-59, Rauch 4-3, Mijares 7-4, Guerrier 22-11, Nathan 21-14, Crain 16-12, Mahay 4-3, Keppel 33-17.
Groundouts-flyouts: Porcello 4-2, Miner 0-1, Ni, F 0-1, Lyon 4-0, Rodney 5-1, Baker, S 4-3, Rauch 0-1, Mijares 0-0, Guerrier 2-0, Nathan 0-0, Crain 2-0, Mahay 0-0, Keppel 1-0.
Batters faced: Porcello 23, Miner 7, Ni, F 1, Lyon 6, Rodney 15, Baker, S 25, Rauch 2, Mijares 1, Guerrier 5, Nathan 6, Crain 6, Mahay 1, Keppel 7.
Inherited runners-scored: Miner 1-0, Ni, F 1-0, Lyon 1-0, Rodney 1-0, Rauch 1-0, Mijares 1-0, Guerrier 2-0, Nathan 2-0.
Umpires: HP: Randy Marsh. 1B: Dale Scott. 2B: Jerry Layne. 3B: Gary Cederstrom. LF: Fieldin Culbreth. RF: Bruce Dreckman.
Weather: 68 degrees, dome.
Wind: Indoors.
T: 4:37.
Att: 54,088.
Venue: Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome.
October 6, 2009
October 6, 2009

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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