Detroit (8-5) at Minnesota (8-4)

Light Rain Currently: Minneapolis, MN
Temp: 60° F
  • Game info: 8:10 pm EDT Tue Apr 20, 2004
  • TV: VICT
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The Minnesota Twins hope their offense stays on track as they begin a three-game series with the Detroit Tigers at the Metrodome.

The Twins have won five straight, including a three-game sweep of the struggling Royals at home.

Minnesota’s offense,which has scored four or more runs in 10 of its 12 games, leads the league in runs (80), on-base percentage (.382) and slugging percentage (.503) while batting a second-best .304.

“Nothing surprises me in this clubhouse, these guys can play,” Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire said. “They’re into it, pulling for each other and we’re having some fun out there.”

Jacque Jones had four RBIs in Minnesota’s 8-3 victory over Kansas City in the finale Sunday. The outfielder has a six-game hitting streak, batting .458 (11-for-24) with a homer and nine RBIs during that span.

As outfielder Torii Hunter—a three-time Gold Glove winner—and catchers Joe Mauer and Matthew LeCroy recover from injuries, their replacements have filled in capably.

Lew Ford made three great plays in center field while driving in his seventh run in five games.

“You know its contagious and when some people are hitting good others follow,” said Ford, who is batting .571 (8-for-14) in his last five games. “I’m just doing whatever they need me to do.”

Henry Blanco, Minnesota’s backup catcher, is hitting .458 (11-for-24) with three home runs and 10 RBIs in his last seven games.

Detroit is coming off a four-game split at Cleveland, surviving a wild night on Monday for a 10-4 victory.

After the Tigers jumped to a 4-0 start in the first inning, the game was delayed by rain for 65 minutes. They were then held scoreless through six innings until Rondell White hit a three-run homer to spark a six-run eighth.

“It doesn’t come easy for the Tigers,” manager Alan Trammell said. “Strange things happen sometimes in baseball. I can’t explain it, but it was great to come right back after they tied it.”

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