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leading off: twins-tigers scrap; scherzer on sunday night


a look at what's happening all around the majors today:___bad bloodthe tigers and twins close out a three-game series a day after benches cleared and punches were thrown. detroit's jacoby jones was hit in the face by a pitch, and two innings later, minnesota slugger miguel sano punched tigers catcher james mccann in the mask as both dugouts emptied after matthew boyd threw a pitch behind sano. jones was taken to a hospital after he was drilled in the left side of his mouth by a 90 mph fastball from twins reliever justin haley. jones' mouth was bleeding, and he was escorted back to the bench and removed from the game.mismatch?max scherzer (2-1, 1.37 era) starts in prime time against a team he's recently dominated: the mets. beginning with his no-hitter at citi field in his final 2015 outing






twins' longest nine-inning games


at lengthlongest nine-inning games in twins history:4:11 twins 11, red sox 9, july 23, 2016 at boston4:10 tigers 13, twins 4, aug. 24, 2014 in minneapolis4:05 twins 13, blue jays 9, july 25, 1987, at toronto4:01 twins 16, white sox 3, aug 3, 2014, at chicago4:00 tigers 5, twins 4, april 22, 2017, in minneapolis4:00 twins 12, a’s 11, may 26, 1993, at oakland4:00 twins 15, rangers 12, june 4, 1992, at texas






benches clear as tempers flare in tigers' 5-4 win over twins


tigers pitcher matt boyd and twins first baseman miguel sano were both ejected from the game.        






jones hit in face by pitch, tigers and twins scrap on field


minneapolis — not long after detroit outfielder jacoby jones got hit in the face by a pitch , the tigers and minnesota twins were nose-to-nose on the field.twins slugger miguel sano punched tigers catcher james mccann in the mask during a bench-clearing scrap in the fifth inning of detroit's 5-4 victory saturday.jones was nailed in the mouth by a 90 mph fastball from minnesota reliever justin haley in the third and left the game under his own power. two innings later, detroit starter matthew boyd threw behind sano, who pointed his finger at the pitcher and yelled out toward the mound.mccann intervened and appeared to put his mitt in the face of sano, who let fly with a right hand and shoved mccann away. it appeared sano connected with mccann's mask and perhaps his chest protector."i don't






tigers put cabrera on 10-day dl with strained right groin


minneapolis — the detroit tigers placed first baseman miguel cabrera on the 10-day disabled list with a strained right groin.cabrera was injured while diving for a ground ball in the sixth inning of the tigers' game against the minnesota twins on friday night. the 34-year-old slugger is hitting .268 with three home runs and nine rbis this season.to fill his spot on the roster, the tigers recalled catcher john hicks from triple-a toledo. hicks has hit .424 in 10 games with the mud hens.






sano ejected as twins fall to tigers


the twins contend that justin haley did not intentionally throw at jacoby jones on saturday. but a pitch got away from the righthander, leading to a gruesome scene in the third inning as a bleeding jones had to be helped from the field and taken straight to a nearby hospital.miguel sano doesn’t understand why tigers lefthander matthew boyd threw behind him.“you don’t have a reason to hit me,” sano said. “no one wants to hit people in the face. that’s not true. that guy, if they say he’s somebody then they hit him in the leg or shirt or something. but never in the face.”sano later shoved tigers catcher james mccann for putting his mitt in his face and was ejected in the fifth inning. with sano gone, the twins went on to lose a generally poorly pitched, poorly defended game, 5-4 to detroit.j






escobar in the lineup as twins try to go 2-0 for first time in a decade


    bundled up in 45-degree weather, the twins were on the field shortly after 9 a.m. this morning taking batting practice, unusual for a day game. but paul molitor has little choice, because minnesota’s schedule includes practically nothing but day games for the first two weeks.    the twins play eight times over the next nine days, and as a concession to the chilly april weather, seven of the games will be played during the day. counting next weekend’s return to target field, the twins have eight day games in their next 10. so the normal adjustment to mlb’s nighttime schedule will take awhile this season, and the twins will have some early pregame practices.    “i’ve already given some thought to when we’re going to hit and when we’re not going to,” molitor said.    next week’s three-gam






twins-detroit series preview


twins at detroit series preview tigers to test twins’ strong startthree-game series at comerica parktuesday, 12:10 p.m. • fsn, 96.3-fm: lhp hector santiago (1-0, 1.80) vs. lhp matt boyd (0-1, 19.29)wednesday, 12:10 p.m. • fsn, 96.3-fm: rhp kyle gibson (0-0, 5.40) vs. rhp michael fulmer (0-0, 0.00)thursday, 12:10 p.m. • mlbn, 96.3-fm: rhp phil hughes (1-0, 1.50) vs. rhp jordan zimmermann (1-0, 1.50)twins updatetheir 5-1 start is the best since 2010. … this is not a good early-season stop for the twins; they are 4-17 in april games at comerica park since 2004, and have lost their last seven in a row. in their last april trip here, to open the 2015 season, they were outscored 22-1. … they were 4-15 against the tigers last season, 3-6 in detroit, and were outscored by 38 runs. … they have allo






twins take precautions to avoid red sox's flu bug


detroit – as the red sox finished their four-game series at comerica park and departed detroit on monday, the twins moved in. but not without a few precautions first.the twins contacted the tigers and asked the clubhouse staff to do some extra disinfecting in the visitor's locker room monday night, and requested similar work be done at the team's suburban hotel. at least a half-dozen red sox players — call them the red tox — were stricken by the flu in the past week, and it raised some concerns among minnesota's players."yeah, we talked about it a little bit," righthander phil hughes said. "i texted mike herman yesterday to ask if they were going to do something about it, and he said they already were in contact" with the tigers.herman, the twins' director of team travel, was assured by de






twins avoid sweep with 11-5 rout of tigers


detroit — when jordan zimmermann started walking people in a rare display of wildness, the minnesota twins were ready to capitalize.max kepler, miguel sano and robbie grossman all homered for minnesota, and the twins routed the detroit tigers 11-5 on thursday. zimmermann allowed a career-high five walks, all in the fourth and fifth innings, and that was when minnesota's offense began to break the game open."he's not a guy that you typically think you can take advantage of in that way, which made it even better," twins manager paul molitor said. "he wasn't missing by much, but we were able to stay patient with a lot of tough pitches. that's something we've been good at all season."zimmermann (1-1) allowed five runs and four hits in 4 2/3 innings. anibal sanchez was even worse for the tigers






twins vs detroit


david joles – star tribunegallery: the minnesota twins miguel sano, left, chats with teammate jorge polanco while waiting to get in the cage for batting practice before the start of the detroit tigers at the minnesota twins at target field friday, april 21, 2017, minneapolis, mn.






sano ejected as twins fall to tigers


the twins game against the tigers on saturday crawled into the seventh inning, some three hours after the first pitch.that’s what happens when you have a bunch of walks. oh, and a bases-clearing incident.the game took a pugilistic turn in the fifth inning with miguel sano took a swing at tigers catcher james mccann, touching off the dust-up.sano was ejected and lost for the remainder of the game. the twins went on to lose 5-4, with joe mauer — who replaced sano — striking out with a man on to end the game.the official game time was 4 hours even, putting it in a tie for fifth-longest nine-inning game in twins history.the loss, however, likely will be overshadowed by an incident in the fifth inning. kyndell harkness gallery: detroit 5, twins 4 sano batted with one out and the twins trailing






twins avoid sweep with 11-5 rout of tigers


detroit — max kepler, miguel sano and robbie grossman all homered for minnesota, and the twins took advantage of an uncharacteristically wild outing by jordan zimmermann in an 11-5 rout of the detroit tigers on thursday.zimmermann (1-1) allowed five runs and four hits in 4 2/3 innings, walking a career-high five. anibal sanchez was even worse for the tigers in relief, allowing six runs in 1 1/3 innings and letting two of zimmermann's runners score on kepler's three-run homer in the fifth.grossman hit a two-run shot in the third, and sano connected for a three-run homer in the sixth.phil hughes (2-0) allowed four runs and five hits in 5 2/3 innings. justin haley worked the final 3 1/3 innings to earn his first career save, striking out six.the twins avoided a three-game sweep at detroit and






detroit 5, twins 4


jim mone – associated pressgallery: minnesota twins' eduardo escobar, right, is forced out at second by detroit tigers shortstop dixon machado on a fielder's choice in the fourth inning of a baseball game saturday, april 22, 2017, in minneapolis.






missouri fires hoops coach kim anderson ahead of sec tourney


missouri has fired basketball coach kim anderson after less than three seasons with his alma mater.tigers athletic director jim sterk said in a statement sunday that he asked anderson to step down after next week's sec tournament. missouri is the no. 14 seed and plays auburn on wednesday night.anderson took over a program in disarray after leading central missouri to the division ii national championship but was never able to get things going in the right direction. he compiled a 26-67 record with the tigers, who were 7-23 and 2-16 in the sec this season.anderson was a conference player of the year for missouri before spending two stints as norm stewart's assistant coach. but despite his history with the tigers, he never seemed to be embraced by an agitated fan base weary after the shaky t






mlb report: tigers put miguel cabrera on 10-day disabled list


the detroit tigers placed first baseman miguel cabrera on the 10-day disabled list with a strained right groin. cabrera, batting .268 with three homers, was injured while diving for a ground ball in the sixth inning of the tigers’ game against the minnesota twins on friday night. to fill his spot on the roster, the tigers recalled catcher john hicks from triple-a toledo.in saturday’s game, detroit center fielder jacoby jones was taken to a hospital after getting hit in the face by a pitch during the third inning. ausmus said the 24-year-old rookie had a “nasty split lip” and was undergoing a ct scan. jones was drilled in the left side of his mouth by a 90 mph fastball from twins reliever justin haley. jones went down but then sprang to his feet, tossed his helmet away and ran up the third






verlander falters, cabrera hurt as twins top tigers 6-3


minneapolis — justin verlander stumbled again, miguel cabrera left after straining his right groin and the detroit tigers wasted a three-run lead friday night against the minnesota twins, who burst ahead when eddie rosario hit a three-run homer that capped a six-run sixth inning.cabrera, a two-time al mvp, had three hits but was hurt while stretching for a throw from third baseman nicholas castellanos to first on brian dozier's inning-ending grounder in the sixth. cabrera was replaced in the middle of the seventh.six days after allowing nine runs and 11 hits in four innings against cleveland, verlander (1-2) held the twins to two hits in five innings and led 3-0 before walking max kepler, miguel sano and joe mauer starting the sixth.robbie grossman chased verlander with a two-run single, j






romine's grand slam lifts tigers to 5-3 win over twins


detroit — the moment he made contact, andrew romine could tell he had a chance at his first career grand slam."i could feel it. i hit it on the barrel," the detroit utilityman said. "it was a matter of whether it was going to stay fair. once i realized that, there was a lot of adrenaline going on."romine cleared the bases in the fourth inning, and the tigers rallied from an early three-run deficit to beat the minnesota twins 5-3 on wednesday. detroit trailed 3-0 before scoring five runs in the fourth, with romine delivering the key hit when his drive to right field easily cleared the wall to give the tigers the lead.michael fulmer (1-0) allowed three runs and four hits in six innings, walking one and striking out seven. detroit's maligned bullpen pitched three hitless innings, with alex wi






scherzer experiments with new grip after knuckle injury


max scherzer has come to grips with a finger injury — by coming up with a new, unusual grip for his fastball.the washington nationals ace won the nl cy young award last season despite a stress fracture on his right ring finger in the second half. the problem didn’t totally heal during the winter, so scherzer is trying something different this spring.“it is strange that i am throwing with three fingers,” scherzer said.sure is.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.his normal fastball grip — the one used by nearly every pitcher in the pros — employs two fingers on top of the ball with the ring finger bent along the side, providing stability in the hand.that formation aggravates scherzer’s injury by pressing the ball onto the knuckle. earlier this spring, he straightened th






scherzer experiments with new grip after knuckle injury


max scherzer has come to grips with a finger injury — by coming up with a new, unusual grip for his fastball.the washington nationals ace won the nl cy young award last season despite a stress fracture on his right ring finger in the second half. the problem didn’t totally heal during the winter, so scherzer is trying something different this spring.“it is strange that i am throwing with three fingers,” scherzer said.sure is.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.his normal fastball grip — the one used by nearly every pitcher in the pros — employs two fingers on top of the ball with the ring finger bent along the side, providing stability in the hand.that formation aggravates scherzer’s injury by pressing the ball onto the knuckle. earlier this spring, he straightened th






pitching, yes. hitting, no. twins lose despite santiago's strong outing in detro


detroit – as the twins’ charter flight from chicago bounced through a spring squall on monday, brian dozier couldn’t resist. after a particularly hairy jolt of turbulence, the second baseman loudly piped up: “boys, if we go down, we go down the best team in the league.”the twins’ flight eventually landed safely in detroit. but the same can’t be said for their status as the al’s first-week front-runner.lefthander matt boyd didn’t allow a hit until the sixth inning tuesday, the tigers’ bullpen didn’t allow a run until the ninth and catcher james mccann punished a rare mistake pitch from starter hector santiago, earning the tigers a 2-1 victory at comerica park. the loss, the twins’ eighth in a row in this ballpark in april, dropped minnesota to 5-2 in the al central, tying them with the tige






pitching, yes. hitting, no. twins lose despite santiago's strong outing


detroit – as the twins' charter flight from chicago bounced through a spring squall on monday, brian dozier couldn't resist. after a particularly hairy jolt of turbulence, the second baseman loudly piped up: "boys, if we go down, we go down the best team in the league."the twins' flight eventually landed safely in detroit. but the same can't be said for their status as the al central's undisputed first-week front-runner.lefthander matt boyd didn't allow a hit until the sixth inning tuesday, the tigers' bullpen didn't allow a run until the ninth and catcher james mccann punished a rare mistake pitch from starter hector santiago, earning the tigers a 2-1 victory at comerica park. the loss, the twins' eighth in a row in this ballpark in april, dropped minnesota to 5-2 in the al central, tying






max scherzer experiments with new 3 finger grip after knuckle injury – the denve


max scherzer has come to grips with a finger injury — by coming up with a new, unusual grip for his fastball.the washington nationals ace won the nl cy young award last season despite a stress fracture on his right ring finger in the second half. the problem didn’t totally heal during the winter, so scherzer is trying something different this spring.“it is strange that i am throwing with three fingers,” scherzer said.sure is.joel auerbach, getty imagesmax scherzer of the washington nationals throws the ball during a morning workout prior to the spring training game against the boston red sox at the ballpark of the palm beaches on march 7, 2017 in west palm beach, fla.his normal fastball grip — the one used by nearly every pitcher in the pros — employs two fingers on top of the ball with th






twins make first roster moves of 2017 season


the twins entered saturday one of two major league teams to not make a roster move since the season began. that all changed after the 5-4 to the tigers.righthander justin haley was placed on the 10-day disabled list because of biceps tendinitis and lefthander adalberto mejia, who was knocked out in the third inning on saturday, was optioned to class aaa rochester.the twins will announce the corresponding moves on sunday. it might be more than coincidence that first baseman kennys vargas was not in rochester’s starting lineup on saturday.twins manager paul molitor used seven pitchers on saturday — forced into that mode when haley could go only 1 ⅓ innings before breaking down. the twins might opt to bring up two pitchers instead of a position player. for anyone hoping to see prospect jose b






sano, tigers pitcher ejected from twins game after shoving


twins first baseman miguel sano and detroit lefthander matthew boyd were ejected on saturday following an incident in the fifth inning.sano was batting with one out when boyd’s first pitch went behind him. prompting sano to yell and point at boyd. tigers catcher james mccann and home plate umpire jordan baker moved in to keep sano from approaching boyd. sano and mccann bumped, with mccann’s glove hitting sano in the face. sano then appeared take a swing at mccann as he took off his helmet and yelled at him.robbie grossman stepped in with baker, as now a sano-mccann conflict brewed. then the dugouts and bullpens emptied.twins reliever michael tonkin was seen yelling directly at mccann as the scrum took place.torii hunter, who is serving as a color commentator for fox sports north this serie






verlander falters, cabrera hurt as twins top tigers 6-3


minneapolis — for five innings friday night, everything was working for justin verlander, miguel cabrera and the detroit tigers.it all unfolded in frustrating fashion in the sixth.verlander stumbled again, cabrera left after straining his right groin and detroit wasted a three-run lead against the minnesota twins, who burst ahead when eddie rosario hit a three-run homer that capped a six-run sixth inning in a 6-3 victory.cabrera, a two-time al mvp, had three hits but was hurt in the sixth when he dove for a ground ball by robbie grossman that got past cabrera and second baseman ian kinsler to score two runs. cabrera felt it again when he stretched for a throw from third baseman nicholas castellanos on brian dozier's inning-ending grounder.cabrera was replaced at first base by alex avila to






tigers cf jones hit in face by pitch, taken to hospital


minneapolis (ap) — detroit tigers center fielder jacoby jones was taken to a hospital saturday after getting hit in the face by a pitch .jones left in the third inning against minnesota when he was drilled in the left side of his mouth by a 90 mph fastball from twins reliever justin haley. jones went down but then sprang to his feet, tossed his helmet away and ran up the third base line in the direction of the tigers’ dugout.he was met by manager brad ausmus and a trainer, who put a towel to jones’ bleeding mouth. the 24-year-old rookie was escorted back to the bench and removed from the game.after the tigers’ 5-4 victory, ausmus said jones had a “nasty split lip” and was undergoing a ct scan at the hospital.most read stories3-course dinners for $32 starting april 2.“they think his teeth a






tigers cf jones hit in face by pitch, taken to hospital


minneapolis (ap) — detroit tigers center fielder jacoby jones was taken to a hospital saturday after getting hit in the face by a pitch .jones left in the third inning against minnesota when he was drilled in the left side of his mouth by a 90 mph fastball from twins reliever justin haley. jones went down but then sprang to his feet, tossed his helmet away and ran up the third base line in the direction of the tigers’ dugout.he was met by manager brad ausmus and a trainer, who put a towel to jones’ bleeding mouth. the 24-year-old rookie was escorted back to the bench and removed from the game.after the tigers’ 5-4 victory, ausmus said jones had a “nasty split lip” and was undergoing a ct scan at the hospital.most read stories3-course dinners for $32 starting april 2.“they think his teeth a






tigers cf jones hit in face by pitch, taken to hospital


minneapolis — detroit tigers center fielder jacoby jones was taken to a hospital saturday after getting hit in the face by a pitch .jones left in the third inning against minnesota when he was drilled in the left side of his mouth by a 90 mph fastball from twins reliever justin haley. jones went down but then sprang to his feet, tossed his helmet away and ran up the third base line in the direction of the tigers' dugout.he was met by manager brad ausmus and a trainer, who put a towel to jones' bleeding mouth. the 24-year-old rookie was escorted back to the bench and removed from the game.after the tigers' 5-4 victory, ausmus said jones had a "nasty split lip" and was undergoing a ct scan at the hospital."they think his teeth are all intact," ausmus said, adding that a trip to the disabled






twins make first roster moves of 2017 season


the twins entered saturday one of two major league teams to not make a roster move since the season began. that all changed after the 5-4 to the tigers.righthander justin haley was placed on the 10-day disabled list because of biceps tendinitis and lefthander adalberto mejia, who was knocked out in the third inning on saturday, was optioned to class aaa rochester.lefthanded pitcher buddy boshers and first baseman kennys vargas will be promoted, according to a person with knowledge of the move. the twins will announce those moves sunday.twins manager paul molitor used seven pitchers on saturday — forced into that mode when haley could go only 1 ⅓ innings before breaking down. the twins might opt to bring up two pitchers instead of a position player. for anyone hoping to see prospect jose be






tigers cf jones hit in face by pitch, taken to hospital


minneapolis — detroit tigers center fielder jacoby jones was taken to a hospital saturday after getting hit in the face by a pitch .jones left in the third inning against minnesota when he was drilled in the left side of his mouth by a 90 mph fastball from twins reliever justin haley. jones went down but then sprang to his feet, tossed his helmet away and ran up the third base line in the direction of the tigers' dugout.he was met by manager brad ausmus and a trainer, who put a towel to jones' bleeding mouth. the 24-year-old rookie was escorted back to the bench and removed from the game.after the tigers' 5-4 victory, ausmus said jones had a "nasty split lip" and was undergoing a ct scan at the hospital."they think his teeth are all intact," ausmus said, adding that a trip to the disabled






saturday's twins-white sox game recap


game recapimpact playerervin santana, twinsthe steady righthander pitched the 17th one-hitter in twins history and the first since 2011.by the numbers4 consecutive hits for the twins to start the first inning.17 career shutouts for santana.4-1 the twins’ record against lefthanded starters.5.58 era for jose quintana in his past five starts against the twins.on deckhector santiago, 4-0 with a 1.03 era against the white sox last season, goes against james shields on sunday.la velle e. neal iii






twins-detroit game recap


game recapimpact playermax kepler, twinsturned the twins' one-run lead into a four-run cushion by blasting a three-run home run 15 rows deep in right field.by the numbers5 walks allowed by tigers starter jordan zimmermann, a career high.3 walks taken by miguel sano, tying his career high.33 games since the twins scored more than 10 runs, dating back to sept. 4.on deckadalberto mejia has never pitched in target field; dylan covey has never pitched in the majors. if the rain stays away, they'll face each other friday.phil miller






sano, tigers pitcher ejected from twins game after shoving


twins first baseman miguel sano and detroit lefthander matthew boyd were ejected on saturday following an incident in the fifth inning.sano was batting with one out when boyd's first pitch went behind him. prompting sano to yell and point at boyd. tigers catcher james mccann and home plate umpire jordan baker moved in to keep sano from approaching boyd. sano and mccann bumped, with mccann's glove hitting sano in the face. sano then appeared take a swing at mccann as he took off his helmet and yelled at him.robbie grossman stepped in with baker, as now a sano-mccann conflict brewed. then the dugouts and bullpens emptied.twins reliever michael tonkin was seen yelling directly at mccann as the scrum took place.torii hunter, who is serving as a color commentator for fox sports north this serie






missouri fires hoops coach anderson ahead of sec tourney


kim anderson was never quite embraced by most missouri fans, even after starring for the tigers in the 1970s and serving two stints as an assistant to beloved coach norm stewart.his won-loss record may have had a lot to do with that.unable to get his alma mater on track, anderson was relieved of his job sunday after less than three seasons in charge. athletic director jim sterk said in a statement that he asked anderson to step down after the sec tournament, where the no. 14 seed tigers play auburn on wednesday night.“this decision has been very difficult for me personally because of the tremendous respect i have for kim,” sterk said. “i know how hard he and his staff have worked to turn the program around over the last three years. however, the lack of on-court success has resulted in a s






santana would have pitched seventh; twins spend extra night in chicago


    chicago — a couple of extras from the series finale at whatever they’re calling new comiskey park these days:    — ervin santana admits he was a little surprised when paul molitor approached him after the sixth inning and told him they were going to have taylor rogers pitch the seventh. “i wanted to go back and pitch,” santana said, “but he told me it was good enough for today.”    molitor said he made the decision based on the long season still ahead, figuring saving pitches now will pay off later. santana had thrown 87, and it sounds like the manager doesn’t intend for his 34-year-old ace to ever eclipse 100 pitches in a game. he could have faced a few more batters, molitor said, but he didn’t want to risk santana suddenly getting into trouble, particularly with only a 2-0 lead.    “






the week in apple news: ios 10.3 public beta, apple vs. qualcomm, night shift fo


india is now one of apple’s fastest growing markets, with iphone sales up over 50 percent in fiscal 2016 compared to the previous year. the high growth comes largely from a small user base of its products in the country, but with recent rollouts of 4g networks, the company expects more demand for its devices.also:apple ships 2.5m iphones in india during 2016, boosted by iphone 7 release (appleinsider)