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11-01-2018, 11:47 PM,
I’m leaving this season in a much better way
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Joe Mauer disagreed with two called strikes by Laz Diaz and offered as much objection as the mild-mannered veteran will provide by looking back at the plate umpire following the second one that forced a full count.Mauer Bob Gibson Jersey , pinch-hitting in the seventh inning, shook off the frustration and hit a go-ahead, three-run homer off reliever Louis Coleman, and the Minnesota Twins beat the Detroit Tigers 5-4 on Friday night.“That’s about as professional an at-bat as you’re going to see,” Minnesota starter Kyle Gibson said. “That’s Joe Mauer right there. He’s a guy that gets a tough pitcher’s pitch on 3-1, doesn’t panic and gets the pitch he needs to hit and just put one of the best swings you’ve ever seen.”Eddie Rosario and Tyler Austin added solo home runs for the Twins, who finally broke through against Detroit starter Matt Boyd to win their fourth straight game.Gibson (7-9) allowed three runs and eight hits and struck out five in seven innings. Taylor Rogers earned his first major league save by striking out Jeimer Candelario with two runners on in the ninth.Mauer entered the game leading the majors with a .419 average with runners in scoring position.“Well, it was moment in a career full of them,” Twins manager Paul Molitor said of Mauer’s home run. “You get a chance to use one of the best players in the last decade and a half in the game in a big situation, it is kind of a nice card to have in the deck.”Added Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire: “He got one up, he yanked it a little bit, and Mauer killed it. I’ve seen him do it many times.”Boyd (7-11) beat Minnesota on Sunday and had not allowed a hit over the previous nine innings until Austin singled to start the fifth on Friday. Boyd stranded Austin , but the Twins finally broke through an inning later.Rosario homered to break the scoreless streak against Boyd. Austin started a four-run seventh with his second home run in five games for Minnesota, a towering shot that reached the second deck in left-center field.Mauer capped the scoring in the seventh with the second pinch-hit homer of his career and the first since May 25, 2009, at the Metrodome. He took a curtain call at the urging of his teammates, including Gibson.“We don’t give them out too much here, so that was pretty special tonight,” Mauer said. “Definitely appreciate it.”Boyd surrendered four runs on four hits in 6 1/3 innings and struck out seven. The Tigers lost their fourth straight game.“I need to finish,” Boyd said. “That’s what it came down to. Made a few mistakes, kind of put us in a bind there. It’s my job. I just need to finish it for the boys in here. It’s on me.”GROUND BALL GIBBYGibson worked his way through troubles with his ability to get ground balls. Detroit had singles in the first three innings only to be erased with a double play. Gibson got four double-play ground balls in the first five innings.Gibson has 18 ground-ball double plays this season. He entered the night with the most double plays grounded into in the majors since 2014.TRAINER’S ROOMTigers: LHP Blaine Hardy was placed on the 10-day disabled list with tendinitis in his left elbow. Hardy had been dealing with pain in the elbow and reported issues again Friday in throwing before the game. The move is retroactive to Aug. 15.Twins: LHP Adalberto Mejia was diagnosed with nerve irritation in his left wrist and he’s been shut down from throwing until the issue can be resolved. Mejia (2-0, 2.01 ERA) felt the injury at the end of his last outing, a five-inning, scoreless start on Aug. 7 against Cleveland. He had thrown back-to-back Mike Matheny Jersey , five-inning outings against the Indians without allowing a run. … RHP Michael Pineda made his second start with Class A Fort Myers on Thursday, giving up one run on two hits in three innings. Pineda will continue his rehab from Tommy John surgery with three more starts for Triple-A Rochester.UP NEXTDetroit will start left-hander Ryan Carpenter (0-1, 6.39) on Saturday. Carpenter was recalled when the team placed Hardy on the disabled list. Minnesota will have rookie Kohl Stewart, the fourth-overall pick in the 2013 draft, make his second start in the majors on Saturday. Stewart allowed three runs on eight hits in 4 1/3 innings in a loss to Detroit in his major league debut on Aug. 12. MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota’s pitching staff has finally caught up in the strikeout era, with Jose Berrios leading the way.Berrios became the first Twins pitcher in eight years to reach 200 strikeouts, throwing seven smooth innings in a 2-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox in the first game of a doubleheader before Mitch Garver’s career-high six RBIs fueled a 12-4 victory for the sweep on Friday night.Berrios finished his All-Star season with a career-best 3.84 ERA and 202 strikeouts. The last time a Twins pitcher topped that milestone was Francisco Liriano (201) in 2010, with Johan Santana (235) prior to that in 2007.“That was one of my goals before the season started,” Berrios said. “That’s when I wrote it down, and I accomplished it and I’m thankful to God for that.”Berrios (12-11) struck out nine batters , allowing just three hits and one run on Leury Garcia’s RBI single in the third. Berrios walked four, including Avisail Garcia to lead off the sixth , but he followed that by fanning Daniel Palka, Matt Davidson and Omar Narvarez in a 10-pitch span to finish the inning with his fastball buzzing.“Pretty special kid,” White Sox manager Rick Renteria said. “Nice mix of pitches. Breaking ball was diving, sinking. He’s got a quick arm. Just kept us off balance.”The Twins are 16th in the major leagues in strikeouts, after finishing next-to-last in 2017. From 2011 through 2015, they were last.Though Berrios had a 4.15 ERA and just a 3-4 record in 12 starts after the All-Star break, the right-hander took another step toward being the ace at the top of the rotation the Twins have lacked since Santana was traded 11 years ago.“I want to be one of the best pitchers in the league,” Berrios said. “I think I have the material to do that and to be the best pitcher on this team, so that Minnesota can construct around me and build a winning team.”Reynaldo Lopez (7-10) turned in another strong start in the opener for the White Sox, save for matching his season high with five walks over six innings. Tyler Austin’s RBI groundout in the first and Willians Astudillo’s sacrifice fly in the sixth were all the Twins needed to take a game that was originally scheduled for the mid-April weekend when they had three straight games postponed by a snowstorm.Joe Mauer, facing an offseason decision about whether or not to retire at age 35, went 2 for 4 in each game and is batting .362 (21 for 58) over his last 14 starts while reaching base at least once in each.Astudillo has 16 RBIs in his last 15 games for the Twins Enos Slaughter Jersey , who improved to 47-32 at home. They’re 28-12 since June 24, the fifth-best record in MLB in that span.The White Sox, who fell to 8-17 in September, would lose 100 games for the first time since 1970 if they don’t win Saturday or Sunday. They were 63-99 in 2013.NIGHT MOVESGarver went 4 for 5 with doubles to fuel Twins starter Chase DeJong (1-1) in his first major league victory with six strong innings, despite solo home runs by Jose Rondon and Kevan Smith. Robbie Grossman went 2 for 4 with three RBIs for the Twins.Lucas Giolito (10-13) gave up seven runs in 1 1/3 innings for the White Sox, pushing his MLB-worst ERA to 6.13. Hector Santiago threw 97 pitches in relief, allowing seven hits, two walks and one hit batter in 4 2/3 innings.“This leaves a bad taste in my mouth,” Giolito said. “Definitely a lot to work on in the offseason.”WHIFFING WHITIESThe White Sox struck out 18 times during the doubleheader, raising their season total to an MLB-most 1,570. That’s also only one less than the all-time record last year by the Milwaukee Brewers. Yoan Moncada has the team lead with 215, followed by Davidson with 162.FINISHING STRONGLopez logged 40 innings over his last six starts , with a sparkling 1.13 ERA and 41 strikeouts. The 24-year-old finished with a 3.91 ERA in 188 2/3 innings.“I’m leaving this season in a much better way than how I entered the season,” Lopez said through a team interpreter. “I learned a lot.”GIVING BACKThe last time the White Sox played in Minnesota, on Aug. 20, Renteria experienced light-headedness in the afternoon and was hospitalized overnight as a precaution. He wound up missing four games. As a thank-you to Hennepin County Medical Center staff for his care, Renteria sent popcorn and donated 200 tickets to children being treated at the facility.TRAINER’S ROOMWhite Sox: LF Nicky Delmonico, who hurt his shoulder on Tuesday, was a late addition to the second-game lineup in place of Adam Engel.Twins: Garver made his first start in 17 games in the nightcap, after recovering from concussion symptoms.“Peace of mind for myself and for the people that care about me,” Garver said.UP NEXTWhite Sox: LHP Carlos Rodon (6-7, 3.61 ERA) will pitch in the third game of the series.Twins: RHP Kyle Gibson (9-13, 3.68 ERA) will start on Saturday night.
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