Twins gain ground with doubleheader sweep of Tigers

The Twins drew within half a game of the Indians, who play on Friday night.
Jorge Polanco

The Minnesota Twins gained ground in the American League Central race as they swept a doubleheader with the Detroit Tigers on Friday afternoon to extend their winning streak to four games.

The first game was vintage Bomba Squad as the Twins launched a pair of first-inning home runs. After Jorge Polanco smashed his fourth home run of the year, Josh Donaldson followed up with a 441-foot blast over the batter's eye at Target Field.

The early offense was all the Twins needed at the plate as Randy Dobnak got revenge after taking a loss to the Tigers last weekend. The right-hander went five shutout innings to lead the way to the bullpen, where Tyler Duffey and Taylor Rogers closed it out to preserve the 2-0 victory.

The Twins kept their momentum going during the early stages of the second game, which saw the Twins play as the visiting team as part of a makeup from August 28. Brent Rooker put the Twins on the board early as he collected his first major league hit and RBI with a single in the third inning.

While Rooker put the Twins ahead in the top half of the third, the rookie, who was called up when Max Kepler was put on the injured list earlier in the day, came up short on a diving attempt on a ball off the bat of Jonathan Schoop which led to an RBI triple to tie the game. Miguel Cabrera followed up with an RBI single to put the Tigers ahead 2-1.

The deficit lasted until the seventh inning when the Twins mounted a rally against Tigers closer Gregory Soto. Jorge Polanco cashed in with his fourth hit of the game to drive in Ehire Adrianza to tie the game up at 2.

Although the Twins couldn't get the go-ahead run across, they capitalized on MLB's extra-inning rules in the eighth when Marwin Gonzalez delivered a leadoff single to drive in Willians Astudillo to give the Twins the lead. Trevor May came in to get the save and preserve the 3-2 victory.

The Twins are now 24-16 on the season and sit a half-game behind the Cleveland Indians heading into their Friday night matchup with the Milwaukee Brewers. Minnesota will send Kenta Maeda to the mound in the third game of the series with the Tigers on Saturday night against Tarik Skubal.

Next Up

Ian Cole

Wild trade Greg Pateryn to Avalanche for Ian Cole

Cole won a pair of Stanley Cups in Pittsburgh and is a former first-round pick.


St. Croix County GOP chair resigns after incendiary post on official website

John Kraft sparked controversy with his 'Prepare for War' post on the party website earlier this month.

ann kim

Ann Kim's new restaurant, Sooki & Mimi, to open in February

The James Beard Award winner is the brains behind Young Joni, Pizzeria Lola, and Hello Pizza.

Screen Shot 2021-01-19 at 1.32.19 PM

Firefighters rescue worker after trench fall in Rochester

The construction worker fell about 15 feet.

gray wolf

Grand Marais mayor's dog survives attack by wolves

He heard his 65-pound dog "screaming bloody murder" and then saw the wolves chasing her.

Screen Shot 2021-01-19 at 12.04.55 PM

Minnesota's COVID vaccine appointment site goes live

Huge demand was expected when the site went live at noon.

emily ford

Duluth woman is hiking 1,000-plus miles on the Ice Age Trail this winter

She could be the second person ever to finish a winter-thru hike of the Wisconsin trail.

coronavirus, covid-19, icu

Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Tuesday, January 19

Two days in a row with fewer than 1,000 new cases.

Screen Shot 2021-01-19 at 10.52.12 AM

After fire destroyed their house, couple forced to euthanize beloved dog

The couple's daughter has launched a fundraiser for her parents.

Screen Shot 2021-01-19 at 10.16.14 AM

Investigation after teacher accused of lewd act during distance learning

No charges have been filed yet and the staff member has not been identified.


Nelson Cruz

Twins split doubleheader with Cardinals

Twins split doubleheader with Cardinals

Jorge Polanco

Lowly Tigers complete sweep of Twins

The Twins lost their fifth straight game as the White Sox come to town.

Trevor May

Twins bullpen implodes in loss to Tigers

The Twins held a 6-2 lead, but the bullpen couldn't hold on.

Jorge Polanco

5-run 2nd inning fuels Twins over Cardinals in Home Opener

Jorge Polanco and Josh Donaldson both homered in the 6-3 win.

Max Kepler

Twins robe up to take opener against Tigers

The Twins' newest superstition helped fuel a 5-4 win over the Tigers.

Nelson Cruz

Cruz homers twice; Twins get swept in doubleheader with Tigers

The Twins fell further back in the AL Central standings on Saturday.

Rocco Baldelli

Twins squander chance to gain ground in AL Central

The Cubs shut out the Twins 1-0 on Friday night, leaving them three games back in the division.

Max Kepler

Twins shut out Cubs to gain ground in AL Central

The Twins are two games back of the White Sox with five to play.