Minnesota (10-6) at Detroit (6-10)

Cloudy Currently: Detroit, MI
Temp: 81° F
  • Game info: 7:05 pm EDT Fri Apr 22, 2005
  • TV: FSNO
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With Carlos Silva and Justin Morneau back, the Minnesota Twins look to win their 10th straight game against the Detroit Tigers as the AL Central rivals open a three-game series.

The Twins have continued their success against Detroit this season, outscoring the Tigers 23-12 en route to a three-game sweep in Minnesota from April 12-14. Detroit’s last win in the series was on July 11, 2-0 at Minnesota.

Silva, one of Minnesota’s top starting pitchers, and first baseman Morneau were activated from the disabled list Thursday.

Silva, a 14-game winner last season, takes the mound after a knee injury put his season in doubt.

An MRI revealed a lateral meniscus tear in his right knee, and initially the Twins believed he would be out until at least after the All-Star break—if not the entire year. But examinations by two more doctors suggested the right-hander could pitch through the injury and delay surgery until after the season.

“Everything was fantastic,” Twins general manager Terry Ryan said of Silva’s start for Class A Beloit on Sunday. “He pitched well.”

Morneau, who missed time because of a concussion, will be back in his cleanup spot. The 23-year-old had 19 home runs and 58 RBIs in 280 at-bats last season.

Lew Ford hit a one-out single with the bases loaded in the 10th inning that lifted the Twins past the Kansas City Royals 10-9 on Thursday.

Torii Hunter hit a two-run homer for Minnesota in the first, and Matthew LeCroy followed him with a solo shot. Hunter drove in three runs, giving him 15 this season. He is 5-for-8 with five runs in his last two games, and ranks among the major league leaders with nine steals.

Detroit lost its third straight Thursday, 4-3 to the surging Chicago White Sox.

Detroit had a chance to tie it in the eighth, putting its first two runners on, but Ivan Rodriguez flied out and Dmitri Young grounded into an inning-ending double play.

The Tigers have been held to a total of eight runs in their losing streak after scoring 26 to win their previous three games.

Detroit outfielder Magglio Ordonez missed his ninth straight game with a suspected hernia. Tests are trying to determine the exact injury.

“We don’t know when we will hear anything,” Tigers manager Alan Trammell said. “It’s up in the air.”

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Starting Pitchers

C. Silva Bos vs. M. Maroth Min
9-8 Record 14-14
3.44 ERA 4.74
71 K 115
9 BB 51
1.17 WHIP 1.37