Tiger avoid sweep, drop Twins with help from ex-Twin Niko Goodrum

He nearly homered from both sides of the plate.
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Niko Goodrum

The Tigers avoided being swept by the Twins with a 4-1 victory at Target Field Wednesday afternoon. 

Minnesota never got the bats going against right-hander Michael Fulmer and the Detroit bullpen, which combined to hold the Twins to just five hits, three of them by Eddie Rosario. 

Ex-Twins infielder Niko Goodrum led the Tigers with a 2-for-3 day at the plate including a two-run homer off of Kyle Gibson in the fourth inning. He also doubled off the wall in left, narrowly missing a homer from both sides of the plate. 

Goodrum hit .265 in 127 games at Triple-A Rochester in the Twins' minor league system last season. This is his first season in Detroit. 

Minnesota is off to Seattle to start a three-game series agains the Mariners on Friday at 9:10 p.m. 

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The opening game of the series has a dandy of a pitching matchup with James Paxton on the hill for the Mariners against Twins rookie right-hander Fernando Romero. 

Paxton has 45 strikeouts in his last 37 innings pitched, including a no-hitter against the Blue Jays and a 16-strikeout game against the Athletics. 

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