Apparently all the editors checked out early last night at the Star Tribune

La Velle E. Neal III's Twins recap is utterly befuddling. The third-grade sentence construction is painful enough, but then he loses all grasp of the English language.

The runs can be scored on 450-foot homers, seeing-eye singles or (gasp!), even because of a walk.

However they are scored, it seems to happen to Twins righthander Brad Radke in the first inning of games.

"It happens to me a lot," he said, "but I swear I don't do it on purpose."

The trend did not change Thursday night, but it didn't matter as the Twins smacked the Tigers 10-4 to sweep the three-game series and headed Cleveland with a four-game winning streak.

Radke (1-2) settled in for the flight able to avoid his first 0-3 start to a season. And he tied Jim Perry for third on the Twins career list with his 128th victory.

On Wednesday, the Twins were able to score in the first inning for first time all season. On Thursday, Radke gave up two runs in the first inning, following a trend in recent seasons in which he's most vulnerable in the first inning. The stats back it: Radke has a 5.58 first-inning ERA since 1999. Through three starts this season, it's 15.00.

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