Minnesota (73-69) at Detroit (65-76)

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  • Game info: 7:05 pm EDT Mon Sep 12, 2005
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Kyle Lohse makes his first start since his tirade with manager Ron Gardenhire when the Minnesota Twins start a three-game series against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park.

Lohse was upset after he surrendered five runs and four hits over two innings and was pulled by Gardenhire in a 10-7 loss to Texas last Tuesday. Lohse damaged the door to Gardenhire’s office with a baseball bat after the game and blasted his manager in his comments to the media.

The two met on Friday and settled their differences. Lohse is 0-1 with a 5.57 ERA over his last four outings.

“I’m glad we sat down and talked, cleared the air, and we are all ready to just get back to playing baseball,” Lohse said. “Gardy and I are just fine.”

Lohse reportedly injured a finger in the tirade, but threw a bullpen session on Friday and indicated he was OK to make Monday’s start.

“Kyle was apologetic and that’s all I cared about,” Gardenhire said Friday. “Things were not handled very good in this situation by all parties involved, but there’s been a lot of stress trying to stay in the race.”

Minnesota has fallen virtually out of contention after being swept in a weekend three-game series at Cleveland. The Twins could have pulled within 2 1/2 games of the Indians with a sweep, but instead fell 8 1/2 games behind the AL wild card leaders after a 12-4 loss on Sunday.

Detroit has won two straight on the heels of a nine-game losing streak after routing Kansas City, 14-4 on Sunday. Chris Shelton and Brandon Inge each hit his 13th homer of the season as part of an 18-hit attack that matched a season high for the Tigers.

Placido Polanco notched his second straight four-hit effort on Sunday, including his fourth homer of the season with Detroit. Polanco has hit safely in seven straight games.

“The balls have just been falling in,” Polanco said. “Sometimes you hit ‘em and they get caught.”

Tigers outfielder Craig Monroe has been a tough out for Twins pitchers this season. Monroe is batting .455 (20-for-44) with 12 RBIs in the teams’ first 13 meetings.

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K. Lohse Mil vs. R. Colon KC
9-13 Record 2-6
4.18 ERA 5.58
86 K 47
44 BB 21
1.43 WHIP 1.49