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Recap: Tigers 3, Twins 4
Boxscores    Line Movements    BT Movements
Game: 1
Venue: Target Field
Date: September 23, 2013 8:10 PM EDT
  

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - For the Minnesota Twins, barreling their way to a third straight 90-loss season, it's about the little things - like not watching another team celebrate a playoff berth.

They had their noses rubbed in it Sunday in Oakland, where the Athletics beat Minnesota 11-7 to complete a four-game sweep and clinch their second straight AL West title.

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The Twins are trying to avoid the same fate this week at Target Field, where they opened a season-ending homestand against AL Central contenders with a 4-3 victory over Detroit in 11 innings Monday night.

The first-place Tigers could have wrapped up a postseason spot with a win. Their magic number is two for securing the AL Central crown.

``We held them off from celebrating on our field for one more day,' said closer Glen Perkins, who pitched two scoreless innings. ``We'd like to see (the Tigers) not celebrate on our field.'

Brian Dozier tied the score at 3 with a leadoff homer in the ninth, his team-high 18th, and scored the winning run in the 11th on a single by rookie Josmil Pinto. Minnesota snapped a four-game skid and bounced back from a 1-6 road trip through Chicago and Oakland.

It was an unlikely comeback. Starting a lineup with six players who spent most of the season in the minors, the Twins looked overmatched against Justin Verlander, who struck out eight in the first three innings and left with a 1-0 lead after six.

He gave up six hits and walked three but fanned 12, holding the Twins hitless (0 for 9) with runners in scoring position.

``I thought he was going to set records,' Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire said.

The Twins had just been outclassed in Oakland, where they lost all four games by a combined score of 31-14.

``We got outpitched, outhit, outplayed,' Perkins said. ``There was nothing good about that series.'

But the Twins roughed up Detroit's best relief pitchers with six hits, two walks and three runs combined against Drew Smyly, Al Alburquerque, Jose Veras and Joaquin Benoit, who was charged with his first blown save of the year after giving up Dozier's home run into the bullpen in left-center.

``I got ahead first pitch and he came back with a fastball. I put a good swing on it,' said Dozier, who was 0 for 3 with three called strikeouts against Verlander.

Dozier started the 11th with a sharp single off Luke Putkonen (1-2) and moved to second when Josh Willingham struck out on a wild pitch. Pinto followed with a hard single to right field, where strong-armed Torii Hunter was playing shallow.

``I knew that as good as Torii throws, it was going to be close, and as hard as Pinto hit it, it was going to be even closer,' Dozier said. ``But he sailed it up a little bit. Right when I saw it leave his hand I knew it was going to be up because as strong an arm as he has, if he doesn't keep the ball low, it's going to ride on him.'

The Twins finish the season with two more games against Detroit and four against Cleveland, which is 4 1/2 games behind the Tigers but leads the race for the second AL wild card.

Gardenhire moved within two wins of 1,000 for his career, all with the Twins since becoming their manager before the 2002 season.

``We'd like to win for Gardy,' Perkins said. ``He needs two more.'

NOTES: Twins starter Mike Pelfrey gave up one run on six hits and three walks in six innings. Completing a full season after Tommy John surgery, he said his arm is a little tired and he likely won't make another start this season. ... Twins LF Oswaldo Arcia was scratched after bruising his right knee on the outfield wall while chasing a fly ball in batting practice. ... The Twins' 17 strikeouts gave them 60 games with at least 10 this season. The previous team record was 26 in 2001. ... Minnesota entered leading the AL with 171 double plays and then turned two more against the Tigers.

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 SERIES AT A GLANCE
GAME 1
Tigers at Twins
Mon, Sep 23 Final 3 to 4
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 2
Tigers at Twins
Tue, Sep 24 Final 4 to 2
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 3
Tigers at Twins
Wed, Sep 25 Final 1 to 0
 Boxscores    Recaps

 CLOSING LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 DET  -200   -130   7.5 
 MIN  +185   +110   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CLOSING SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 DET  -225   -140   7.5 
 MIN  +190   +120   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 DET  89%   76%   35% 
 MIN  11%   24%   65% 
BT MOVEMENTS

 MLB HEAD TO HEAD
 Aug 22, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 MIN 7 Cover: +230 
 DET 6 Over: 13 
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 Aug 21, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 MIN 1 Under: 8 
 DET 7 Cover: +100 
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 Aug 20, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 MIN 6 Cover: +175 
 DET 3 Push: 9 
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 Jun 16, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 DET 5 Cover: +100 
 MIN 2 Under: 7 
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 Jun 15, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 DET 3 Over: 9 
 MIN 6 Cover: +149 
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 Jun 14, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 DET 4 Cover: +100 
 MIN 0 Under: 4 
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 May 26, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 MIN 1 Under: 7 
 DET 6 Cover: +100 
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 May 25, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 MIN 3 Cover: +210 
 DET 2 Under: 5 
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 May 24, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 MIN 0 Under: 6 
 DET 6 Cover: +100 
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 May 23, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 MIN 6 Over: 13 
 DET 7 Cover: +100 
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 MLB RECAPS
 Monday, Sep 23
 
    Orioles at Rays
3:10 PM EDT
    Brewers at Braves
7:10 PM EDT
    Phillies at Marlins
7:10 PM EDT
    Mets at Reds
7:10 PM EDT
    Astros at Rangers
8:05 PM EDT
    Pirates at Cubs
8:05 PM EDT
    Blue Jays at White Sox
8:10 PM EDT
    Tigers at Twins
8:10 PM EDT
    Nationals at Cardinals
8:15 PM EDT
    Athletics at Angels
10:05 PM EDT
    Royals at Mariners
10:10 PM EDT
    Diamondbacks at Padres
10:10 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
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