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Associated Press, Published September 22 2012

Cabrera and Fister help Tigers blank Twins 8-0

DETROIT – Samuel Deduno is known to be wild, so he tried to reign in his control against the Detroit Tigers.

It didn’t work out very well.

Deduno matched a career high by giving up seven runs in his shortest start of the season and Detroit took advantage in an 8-0 win over the Minnesota Twins on Saturday.

“Everything I was throwing, they were hitting,” Deduno said.

Miguel Cabrera hit his 42nd homer, putting him in Triple Crown position, and Doug Fister pitched his first career shutout to help the Tigers keep their hopes high in the AL Central race.

Deduno (6-5) allowed seven hits and three walks in just 2Zc innings, losing for the fifth time in seven outings.

“I’m worried a little bit, but I know I’m going to be OK,” he said.

Cabrera’s solo shot in the fourth inning tied him with Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton for the most homers in the AL.

“Looked like a golf ball that he hit,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. “He’s incredible.”

Cabrera has a relatively comfortable league lead with a .332 batting average and 131 RBIs. Hamilton is sidelined for this weekend’s series at Seattle because of a sinus condition that has caused blurred vision.

Carl Yastrzemski won the last Triple Crown in 1967. He took the batting and RBIs title, and tied Harmon Killebrew for the AL homer lead.

Austin Jackson hit a leadoff home run in the first inning and Delmon Young hit a three-run homer in a five-run third that gave Fister more than enough support.

Fister (10-9) gave up seven hits and no walks while striking out seven. He won for the third time in four starts.

The Tigers led off each of the first three innings with a hit off Deduno.

Jackson sent Deduno’s first pitch into the left-field seats, leading off with a homer for the sixth time this season and the 10th time in his three-year career. Andy Dirks hit a double in the second inning and scored on Alex Avila’s single.

Deduno’s day was done after following up his only out in the third with his third walk of the game.

Cabrera’s homer off Anthony Swarzak in the fourth gave Detroit an eight-run cushion.

“That’s what that team does, they figure out a way to put runs on the board – like a freight train,” Gardenhire said. “Couldn’t get another guy warmed up fast enough.”

Minnesota Detroit

ab r h bi ab r h bi

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

Revere rf 4 0 1 0 Berry lf 4 1 1 0

Mauer c 4 0 2 0 MiCarr 3b 4 2 1 1

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

Mornea 1b 4 0 1 0 DYong dh 4 1 1 3

Doumit dh 4 0 0 0 Dirks rf 4 2 2 0

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

ACasill 2b 3 0 1 0 Avila c 3 0 1 1

Flormn ss 3 0 0 0 Infante 2b 4 0 2 0

Totals 33 0 7 0 Totals 35 8 12 7

Minnesota 000 000 000— 0

Detroit 115 100 00x— 8

E—A.Casilla (9). DP—Minnesota 1, Detroit 1. LOB—Minnesota 6, Detroit 7. 2B—Mauer (31), A.Casilla (16), Dirks (17). 3B—Dirks (5). HR—A.Jackson (15), Mi.Cabrera (42), D.Young (18). SB—Berry (20).

IP H R ER BB SO

Minnesota

Deduno L,6-5 2Zc 7 7 7 3 1

Swarzak 3Xc 4 1 1 0 2

Perdomo 2 1 0 0 0 0

Detroit

Fister W,10-9 9 7 0 0 0 7

HBP—by Perdomo (Berry). WP—Deduno.

T—2:23. A—40,586 (41,255).