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Tigers Beat Twins, Blackburn Optioned

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The Twins lost 5-1 at Detroit Wednesday night after both teams endured a 2 hour and 26 minute rain delay.  Justin Verlander threw all 9 innings with 4 hits and 1 earned run allowed with 7 strikeouts to get the win for the Tigers.  Chris Parmelee homered to account for the lone Twins run and Denard Span was 2-4 for the Twins.

Brian Duensing threw 4 1/3 innings with 4 hits and 2 earned runs allowed to take the loss and drop to 1-5.  Duensing left the game in the 5th inning when he took a line drive off his left ankle.  X-rays were negative and Duensing has a bruised left ankle.

The Twins are 35-46 and will play at Detroit again today at 12:05, pregame on WJON at 11:35.  Lefthander Scott Diamond (7-3) gets the start on the mound for the Twins and righthander Rick Porcello (6-5) toes the rubber for the Tigers.

The Twins before the game Wednesday optioned righthanded starting pitcher Nick Blackburn to triple-A Rochester.  Blackburn is 4-5 with a 8.10 ERA in 13 starts this season for Minnesota.  The Twins called up reliever Casey Fien from triple-A Rochester.  He has a 4.30 ERA and 9 saves in 12 save chances at triple-A this season.

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