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The Score: Twins 2 – Tigers 0

The Gist: Justin Verlander was the tough-luck loser on a night when Ryan Raburn‘s lead-gloved defense cost the Tigers dearly. And on a night when Francisco Liriano showed that he might be back in pre-arm-injury form, the Tigers got fewer hits (5) than the Red Wings scored goals. Never a recipe for success.

The Quote: “Thome running around the bases is always entertaining.” — Twins manager Ron Gardenhire on Jim Thome‘s scoring from first after Raburn dropped what would’ve been the final out of the sixth.

The Stat: 7 — Verlander’s season-high in strikeouts — in 5.2 innings Tuesday night.

Up Next: Wednesday: Tigers vs. Twins @ Comerica Park | 7:05 p.m. ET | On the air: FSD/1270 & 97.1

Max Scherzer (1-1, 2.63 ERA) vs. RHP Scott Baker (2-2, 4.81 ERA)

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