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Hunter hits and runs to help Tigers beat Twins 7-1

Aug 22nd, 2013 - Sports News

DETROIT (AP) — Torii Hunter hit a go-ahead, two-run double in the seventh inning and scored from second base on a passed ball to help the Detroit Tigers beat the Minnesota Twins 7-1 on Wednesday night.

Drew Smyly struck out two in a perfect inning in relief of Anibal Sanchez.

Jose Veras entered with two outs in the eighth inning and closed the game for his first save with the Tigers.

Kevin Correia allowed four runs — two earned — and nine hits over 6 2-3 innings.

The Twins let Detroit score four runs with two outs in the seventh.

Miguel Cabrera felt healthy enough to stay in the lineup, giving the Detroit Tigers a big sense of relief.

The Tigers batted Cabrera third and played him in his usual spot at third base Wednesday night against the Minnesota Twins. He was replaced by pinch-runner Ramon Santiago after hitting a three-run double in the eighth inning to give the Tigers a six-run lead.

Cabrera aggravated a strain in his groin, abdominal and hip area when he swung and missed on a pitch Tuesday night. He walked off the field gingerly after his game-ending strikeout in a 6-3 loss to Minnesota.

Tigers athletic trainer Kevin Rand said before the game that Cabrera was feeling much better Wednesday afternoon than he did Tuesday night.

The reigning Triple Crown winner has been playing through a series of injuries lately, including a banged-up left knee and shin. Cabrera leads the majors in batting average and RBIs, and his 40 homers trail only Baltimore's Chris Davis.

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