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Published March 21 2012

Hughes hits three-run homer as Twins beat Detroit Tigers

LAKELAND, Fla. – Luke Hughes hit a three-run homer, and Liam Hendriks allowed two runs and four hits over four innings Wednesday as the Minnesota Twins beat the Detroit Tigers 7-3.

Hendriks, who started four games for the Twins last season, has a 1.64 ERA and hopes to win a spot in the Twins’ rotation. He struck out two and walked none.

Matt Maloney followed and struck out three in two scoreless innings.

Tigers starter Andy Oliver, who hadn’t allowed a run in nine innings, gave up Hughes’ second-inning homer. Oliver, a leading candidate for the final spot in the Tigers rotation, allowed three runs, two hits and five walks in 3 2-3 innings.

Minnesota Detroit

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Span cf 4 0 1 0 Jackson cf 3 1 2 0

Carson rf 1 0 0 0 T.Collins cf 0 1 0 0

J.Carroll ss 3 0 0 0 Boesch rf 2 0 0 0

B.Dozier ss 0 0 0 0 S.Moya rf 1 0 1 0

Valencia 3b 4 1 1 0 Thomas dh 2 0 0 1

Hollimon 3b 1 0 0 0 Magd ph-dh 1 0 0 1

Parmelee 1b 5 2 2 1 Fielder 1b 3 0 0 0

Doumit c 2 1 1 1 Kelly 1b 1 0 0 0

Butera c 1 0 0 0 D.Young lf 3 1 1 1

L.Hughes dh 3 2 2 3 Q.Berry lf 1 0 0 0

Chang ph-dh 1 0 0 0 Avila c 3 0 0 0

Benson rf-cf 4 1 2 2 O.Santos c 1 0 0 0

Revere lf 3 0 0 0 Peralta ss 3 0 0 0

Dinkelman lf 1 0 0 0 Machdo ss 1 0 1 0

A.Casilla 2b 2 0 1 0 Inge 3b 2 0 1 0

Florimon 2b 1 0 0 0 Dlugach 3b 2 0 0 0

Santigo 2b 2 0 1 0

Worth 2b 1 0 0 0

Totals 36 7 10 7 Totals 32 3 7 3

Minnesota 030 040 000— 7

Detroit 100 100 010— 3

E—Inge (1). DP—Minnesota 1, Detroit 1. LOB—Minnesota 9, Detroit 5. 2B—Valencia (3), A.Jackson (2), S.Moya (1), R.Santiago (3). 3B—Parmelee (1). HR—L.Hughes (2), Benson (2), D.Young (5). SB—L.Hughes (1), A.Jackson (2). SF—Doumit, Thomas.

IP H R ER BB SO

Minnesota

Hendriks W,2-0 4 4 2 2 0 2

Maloney 2 1 0 0 1 3

Gray 1 0 0 0 0 0

Deduno 1 1 1 1 1 0

Fien 1 1 0 0 0 0

Detroit

A.Oliver L,1-1 3Xc 2 3 3 5 1

Wilk 2Zc 6 4 4 0 2

Dotel 1 2 0 0 0 1

Below 1 0 0 0 1 0

Schlereth 1 0 0 0 0 1

T—2:55. A—8,320 (9,000).