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August 25, 2014

What You Need to Know

August 25, 2014

by Daniel Rathman


The Weekend Takeaway
The Tigers could not have asked for a better start to their weekend series against the Twins: Their first batter, Ian Kinsler, went yard and Detroit was up 1-0 right off the bat. Their starter, Robbie Ray, got two strikeouts and a popup in the bottom of the first. Everything was peachy.

The Twins went double-double-double to begin the last of the second, and it was 2-1 Minnesota, but a one-run deficit is hardly the end of the world. Kurt Suzuki struck out, and Ray had three punchouts to his name in 1 1/3 innings. Unfortunately, that’s just about the only good thing anyone could say about the left-hander’s performance.

Eduardo Escobar, the eighth hitter in the Twins' order, went yard to kick off what would be a five-hit night, the first by a no. 8 hitter for Minnesota since John Roseboro did it on April 29, 1968, according to the Baseball-Reference Play Index. Escobar would also become the first shortstop to collect a triple and a long ball in the same game for the franchise since Joe Cronin of the then-Washington Senators pulled it off on September 2, 1929.

History class dismissed. Back to the game.

Jordan Schafer singled. Then Danny Santana got in on the yardwork, and it was 6-1 Twins. Out came Brad Ausmus to get the ball from his starter.

Back to history class: Ray is the third Tigers starter since at least 1914 to allow five extra-base hits in 1 1/3 or fewer innings, and the first since Mike Maroth did it without getting out of the first inning on May 25, 2006. The Tigers won that game. No, really, they did. You can see for yourself. And they put a scare into the Twins in this one, too, with a four-run top of the fifth that made it 6-5.

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