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Associated Press, Published July 05 2012

Fielder homers in 8th to rally Tigers past Twins

DETROIT – Prince Fielder didn’t feel any pressure in a big situation.

Fielder hit a tie-breaking three-run homer in the eighth inning and Delmon Young followed with a solo shot to lift the Detroit Tigers to a 7-3 win over the Minnesota Twins on Thursday and a split of the four-game series.

Miguel Cabrera’s RBI single for Detroit in the eighth tied it 3-all. The hit scored Austin Jackson, who tripled with one out before pinch-hitter Quintin Berry walked.

That set the stage for Fielder.

“It’s exciting. ... Miguel took a lot of the pressure off. I can’t say enough about the way he played today,” said Fielder about Cabrera, who was 2-for-4 with two RBIs. “Like I said, I’m just glad those three guys in the eighth there really set the tone.”

Alex Burnett (2-1) relieved starter Scott Diamond to begin the eighth inning after Diamond allowed two runs and five hits in seven innings. He walked one and struck out four.

Burnett, who allowed three runs and two hits in Zc of an inning, was relieved by Tyler Robertson after Cabrera’s tying hit. Fielder then hammered Robertson’s 1-0 pitch into the right-field stands for his 13th homer of the season.

“Just hung a slider to him (Fielder) and he did with it what he’s supposed to do,” Robertson said. “It wasn’t a good pitch. … That happens when you don’t make pitches.”

Berry knew the ball was gone when Fielder hit it.

“Gosh, that was awesome. As soon as he hit it, I knew he got it. I was fired up,” Berry said. “I was fired up that you could tell he’s been putting some good swings on some balls and not getting anything from it, just barely missing them and seeing him get that at that point, I’ll take that all day. Huge time to come up big.”

Fielder, who was voted to start in Tuesday’s All-Star Game in Kansas City at first base by the fans, will also represent the American League in Monday night’s Home Run Derby. He was selected as one of the four AL participants by captain Robinson Cano. who won the Home Run Derby last season.

“The fans don’t want to see me take ground balls,” Fielder said. “I figure it’ll be fun to do, plus the fans want to see it, might as well do it.”

Minnesota Detroit

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Span cf 5 0 2 1 AJcksn cf 4 2 2 0

Revere rf 5 0 1 0 Raburn lf 3 0 0 0

Mauer dh 4 0 2 1 Berry ph-lf 0 1 0 0

Doumit c 5 0 2 0 MiCarr 3b 4 1 2 2

Mornea 1b 4 0 1 0 Fielder 1b 4 1 1 3

Plouffe 3b 4 1 1 0 DYong dh 3 1 2 1

Mstrnn lf 4 1 3 0 JhPerlt ss 4 1 1 0

Dozier ss 4 1 3 1 Boesch rf 4 0 1 1

JCarrll 2b 4 0 0 0 D.Kelly rf 0 0 0 0

Laird c 3 0 0 0

RSantg 2b 3 0 0 0

Totals 39 3 15 3 Totals 32 7 9 7

Minnesota 010 200 000— 3

Detroit 000 110 05x— 7

E—Dozier (12), Porcello (3). DP—Minnesota 1, Detroit 1. LOB—Minnesota 10, Detroit 3. 2B—Doumit (14), A.Jackson (17), Boesch (13). 3B—A.Jackson (5). HR—Fielder (13), D.Young (7). SB—Mastroianni 3 (8), Dozier 2 (6). CS—Mastroianni (1).

IP H R ER BB SO

Minnesota

Diamond 7 5 2 2 1 4

Burnett L,2-1 BS Zc 2 3 3 1 0

T.Robertson 0 1 1 1 0 0

Swarzak Xc 1 1 1 0 0

Detroit

Porcello 3Xc 12 3 3 1 0

D.Downs 3 1 0 0 0 5

Dotel W,2-2 1Zc 1 0 0 0 3

Valverde 1 1 0 0 0 2

T.Robertson pitched to 1 batter in the 8th.

T—2:59. A—33,350 (41,255).

Late Wednesday

Tigers 5, Twins 1

DETROIT – Miguel Cabrera homered twice and Justin Verlander pitched his fifth complete game to help the Detroit Tigers beat the Minnesota Twins 5-1 on Wednesday night.

In a game delayed two hours and 26 minutes by rain, Cabrera went 3-for-3, drove in three runs and scored three. He was intentionally walked in his other plate appearance as the Tigers ended Minnesota’s five-game winning streak.

Minnesota Detroit

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Span cf 4 0 2 0 AJcksn cf 3 1 3 0

Revere rf 4 0 0 0 Raburn lf 4 1 0 0

Mauer c 4 0 0 0 MiCbr 3b 3 3 3 3

Wlngh lf 3 0 0 0 Fielder 1b 4 0 1 2

Parmel 1b 3 1 1 1 DYong dh 4 0 1 0

Plouffe 3b 3 0 1 0 JhPerlt ss 4 0 1 0

Doumit dh 3 0 0 0 Boesch rf 3 0 1 0

JCarrll ss 2 0 0 0 D.Kelly rf 1 0 0 0

ACasill 2b 3 0 0 0 Avila c 4 0 0 0

RSantg 2b 2 0 0 0

Totals 29 1 4 1 Totals 32 5 10 5

Minnesota 000 010 000— 1

Detroit 200 001 20x— 5

E—De Vries (1). DP—Minnesota 2, Detroit 2. LOB—Minnesota 2, Detroit 6. 2B—Mi.Cabrera (25), Fielder (19). 3B—A.Jackson (4). HR—Parmelee (2), Mi.Cabrera 2 (18).

IP H R ER BB SO

Minnesota

Duensing L,1-5 4Zc 4 2 2 1 2

Waldrop 1Xc 3 1 1 2 0

De Vries 2 3 2 2 0 1

Detroit

Verlander W,9-5 9 4 1 1 1 7

T—2:33. A—41,023 (41,255).