Twins win moral and physical victories over Tigers

The Minnesota Twins took two of three games against the division leading Detroit Tigers this weekend. One of those victories was legitimate: Sunday's 11-4 thumping of the Motor City Kitties.

The other was a decidedly moral victory. On Saturday, the Twins lost 6-4. However, that they were able to score four runs off Justin Verlander, without question the best pitcher in the majors, was remarkable. That two of those runs were plucked from the bats of Luke Hughes and Jason Repko is incredible. That those aforementioned runs were back-to-back homers is insane.

To paraphrase from the financial overlords at MasterCard: Jason Repko hitting his first homer of the year off Verlander? Priceless.


Luke Hughes was the bright spot in yet another mud-dark weekend: the man from Perth went four for eight (including three home runs!) pushing eight runs across the plate in Saturday and Sunday's contests.

(You may notice I'm ignoring Friday's loss. I will continue to do that throughout this article.)

The Twins worked Verlander hard on Saturday, being patient and working the count, pushing the probable Cy Young winner to 120 pitches in just 6 innings. Those six innings were the fewest Verlander had seen in a game since May 24.

To make matters even more intriguing, the Twins' eight hits were the most off the ace since that same game. Had Pavano been able to keep the Tigers in check, this would also have been Verlander's first loss since then.


Sunday the Twins took advantage of beleaguered hurler Brad Penny, teeing off early when Jason Kubel, still with the Twins despite my eagerness to see him traded, blasted a home run in the first, giving them a 2-0 lead.

The Tigers tied it the next inning, but this time that didn't deter the Twins, as they went on to score nine more runs, five of which were off Hughes' hot bat. The Aussie hit two home runs yesterday.

So there you go. A win for the Twins, and a loss that at least feels somewhat decent. I'll take what I can get.

Former Twin watch: Since being traded to Detroit, in 56 at-bats, Misfits fan Delmon Young has hit .303 with two home runs and 11 RBI. Jim Thome, back with Cleveland after nine years, had eight at-bats this weekend, and just one hit -- a home run against Kansas City.

And, according to Deadspin, former Cy Young winner, ex-ace of the local nine, Johan Santana, has been accused of raping a woman on a golf course in 2009. Sigh.