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Big inning by Tigers leads to easy victory

04/26/2014, 12:47am EDT
By ASSOCIATED PRESS
Tigers top Minnesota, 10-6

Detroit’s Nick Castellanos, right, celebrates with Torii Hunter after Castellanos scored on single by Rajai Davis off Minnesota Twins pitcher Anthony Swarzak during the third inning. ASSOCIATED PRESS

MINNEAPOLIS — Nick Castellanos homered and drove in three runs, and Torii Hunter had two doubles and two RBIs to lead the Detroit Tigers to a 10-6 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Friday night.

Rick Porcello (3-1) gave up four runs and six hits with four strikeouts in five-plus innings for the Tigers, who broke the game open with seven runs in the third. Rajai Davis had three hits to raise his average to .354.

Kevin Correia (0-3) gave up eight runs — seven earned — and eight hits in 2 1/​3 innings for Minnesota. It was his shortest outing since going just two innings last Aug. 5 against the Royals.

Chris Colabello drove in his 27th run for the Twins, setting a franchise record for RBIs in April.

Jason Kubel had two doubles among his three hits for the Twins. Brian Dozier hit his seventh homer of the season and Kurt Suzuki drove in two runs, giving him 19 RBIs on the season, which leads all catchers.

Correia served up a two-run homer to Castellanos in the second — and probably only got through that inning thanks to a poor decision by third base coach Dave Clark to send slow-footed Alex Avila from first base on a double by Andrew Romine. Avila was thrown out at home and Ian Kinsler grounded out to short-circuit the rally.

The Tigers had more in store for Correia.

Hunter led off the third with a double and, after Miguel Cabrera's groundout, the next five batters reached base with three hits and two walks, the last one from Romine with the bases loaded to make it 5-1.

There are no statements delivered in April, but the Tigers did throw a little cold water on what has been a surprising start to the season for the Twins. Minnesota has lost at least 96 games in each of the past three years, but rode the second-highest scoring offense in the American League to an 11-10 start that put the Twins right on heavily favored Detroit's heels in the AL Central.

After breezing through the first five innings, Porcello didn't get an out in the sixth before being lifted for Justin Miller. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus had to use five more pitchers to finish the game, but that big third inning gave his team plenty of cushion to absorb a four-run sixth by the Twins.

Selig highlights career achievements to press

NEW YORK — Addressing sports editors for what he said was the final time, baseball Commissioner Bud Selig tried to sum up his proudest accomplishment since he took the job in 1992.

Selig announced in September his last day will be Jan. 24, 2015. He said when he followed Fay Vincent he inherited "an industry that had not functioned well in terms of getting along, getting things done both internally and externally."

"I guess the ability to get people to work together and the economic changes," he cited Friday when asked by the Associated Press Sports Editors what he was proudest of. 

"I look back on it and it's remarkable to me, even in retrospect."

Selig turns 80 in July and he says he will not accept another extension, although he admits "I keep hearing a lot of owners it seems for whatever reason" think he will.

"It's hard to understand that," he said. "Next Jan. 25 is it."

Yet, he won't publicly announce succession plans.

"It will be a very comprehensive, thorough process, but it needs to be done in a quiet and thoughtful way if it's going to be successful," he said.

He sat alongside MLB COO Rob Manfred, who was hired by Selig as his chief labor negotiator in 1998. Manfred was promoted in September and is viewed by some as the heir apparent.

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