The Juice: Rookie Danny Valencia comes through again for Twins

David Brown

Gather 'round, because it's time to recap the most recent diamond doings. Roll Call starts in Minneapolis, where they can grow oranges now!

Game of the Day: Twins 2, Tigers 1 (10 inn.)

Fuzzy navel: A somewhat unexpected contributor to the Twins' pennant drive, rookie third baseman Danny Valencia(notes) added another great moment with a tie-breaking, game-ending single that scored Michael Cuddyer(notes). His hit against Ryan Perry(notes) allowed Minnesota to remain four games up on the White Sox.

Valencia is batting .332 with 16 doubles, two homers and 24 RBIs in 208 at-bats, one of a handful of first-year players thrust into action this season.

"We need 'em. That's for sure. Especially now, with all the injuries we've had to endure in the past two months,” Cuddyer said. "For him to come up and fill in nicely is huge."

O.R. scrubs: Detroit's Max Scherzer(notes), who struck out nine over nine innings, went to a lot of trouble for a no-decision. As Twins broadcaster Dick Bremer pointed out, Scherzer found something when he returned to Triple-A Toledo. Scherzer has allowed one run or fewer in six of his past seven starts.

"He’s got a tremendous mound presence right now," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. “He’s one of the better pitchers in the league."

Francisco Liriano(notes) pitched just as well over seven.

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They Also Played...

White Sox 6, Indians 4: The key for the White Sox seems to be getting Manny Ramirez(notes) into the on-deck circle so someone else can hit a go-ahead three-run homer.

Astros 5, Cardinals 2: The Cardinals have yet to rally from the effects of the Glenn Beck rally.

Cubs 5, Pirates 3: Gotta try and play all 162, I spoze.

Red Sox 9, Orioles 6: Jon Lester(notes) was due to lose to the Orioles — and he tried his darnedest, allowing five runs — but that's why you have teammates. He's now 13-0 against ‘em.

Phillies 5, Dodgers 1: Where's the website that declares, "I want to go to Game 2 of the NLDS with Roy Oswalt(notes)"? You're getting slow, Philly.

Yankees 4, Athletics 3: You just never know with A.J. Burnett(notes).

D-backs 5, Padres 2: It's a good time for the Padres' first losing streak of the season, which stands at seven games. Better now, when there's time to recover, than in the last week.

Rays 2, Blue Jays 1: John Buck(notes) describes the Rays as "Old-school baseball with occasional pop." Got it.

Marlins 16, Nationals 10: Nyjer Morgan(notes): Professional irritant.

Reds 6, Brewers 1: Aroldis Chapman(notes) hit 103 mph and picked up his first major league victory. Crown him!

Rangers 4, Royals 3: Texas lost the night before on a wild pitch. That would upset the heck out of me.

Braves 4, Mets 1: He went 0 for 3, but Freddie Freeman(notes) has arrived in Atlanta, to which I can only exclaim, "Shazam!"

Angels 4, Mariners 2: It's almost rude of the Angels to score four runs. You know how long it would take the M's to reach that?

Giants 2, Rockies 1: Timmay! Tim Lincecum(notes), where you been, son?