Jeffers, Sanó hit homers, lead Happ, Twins over Tigers 5-3

Jeffers, Sanó hit homers, lead Happ, Twins over Tigers 5-3
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Ryan Jeffers and Miguel Sanó homered, leading J.A. Happ and the Minnesota Twins over the Detroit Tigers 5-3 on Thursday night.

Jeffers’ homer with one out in the fifth inning marked Minnesota’s first runner against Tigers starter Tarik Skubal.

Sanó started the seventh with his 15th homer of the season, connecting against off Skubal (5-8) to tie the game at 3.

Max Kepler beat out an infield single and Gilberto Celestino followed with another grounder. Detroit tried to turn a double play, but Kepler was called safe at second and Celestino beat the relay throw to first.

The Tigers requested a replay review, and it showed second baseman Willi Castro pulled his foot off the bag too quickly, keeping Kepler safe.

After a sacrifice bunt, reliever José Cisnero unleashed a wild pitch that scored Kepler with the go-ahead run. Jorge Polanco added a sacrifice fly.

Happ (5-4) allowed three runs and eight hits in seven innings. Tyler Duffey pitched a perfect eighth and Taylor Rogers secured his eighth save in 10 chances.

Eric Haase hit a two-run homer for Detroit, which had won four of five.


Tigers: RHP Spencer Turnbull (right forearm strain) was evaluated by Dr. Keith Meister, who recommended the pitcher shut down his throwing program after he had a recurrence of pain when he started to throw again after a period of rest. … LHP Matthew Boyd (left arm discomfort) has reported feeling good during his throwing program. Boyd is doing long-toss but hasn’t advanced to mound work. … OF Robbie Grossman was out of the lineup with a jammed finger. ... OF Victor Reyes (intercostal strain) was activated from the injured list and optioned to Triple-A Toledo, where he was on a rehab assignment.

Minnesota Twins pitcher J.A. Happ throws to a Detroit Tigers batter during the first inning of a baseball game Thursday, July 8, 2021, in Minneapolis.

Twins: 3B Josh Donaldson returned to the lineup after missing four games with a strained right hamstring. … Manager Rocco Baldelli said RHPs Luke Farrell (right oblique strain) and Randy Dobnak (right middle finger strain) are taking it slow in their rehab. Farrell went for an additional series of images that confirmed the oblique issue. Dobnak tried throwing but reported feeling the issue in his finger still. Baldelli said both will continue rest and treatment and could return to baseball activity next week.


RHP Kenta Maeda (4-3, 5.03 ERA) starts Friday night for Minnesota, and Detroit counters with rookie RHP Matt Manning (1-2, 7.94). Maeda bounced back from one of his worst starts of the season against the Chicago White Sox with his best outing in his last start. He threw six scoreless innings with a season-high 10 strikeouts to beat the Kansas City Royals. Manning will be making his fifth career start and first against the Twins. Manning lasted just 2 2/3 innings in his last start, giving up two runs to the White Sox.
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