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  • 16 Apr
    MINNEAPOLIS -- A Minnesota Twins season that appears headed toward 100 losses has seen plenty of its down moments and being swept at home by the Detroit in the season series is among the top disappointments.Justin Verlander (15-8) tied a season-high with 11 strikeouts, while Minnesota struck out 17 times in a 4-2 loss in the second game of Thursdays doubleheader as the Tigers moved into the second AL wild-card spot.Erick Aybar drove in two runs for Detroit, which went 9-0 at Minnesota this year and outscored the Twins 65-25 at Target Field.The way Verlander and those guys arent giving in, you can just tell, especially when you face a team like these guys and Cleveland enough, second baseman Brian Dozier said. They do the little things right 100 percent of the time in order to win games. I hope theyre observing this, a lot of people in here.Ervin Santana (7-11) gave up four runs -- two earned -- five hits and four walks in six innings for the Twins. Juan Centeno and Byron Buxton hit solo homers in the evening loss.The nightcap was another sloppy game for Minnesota, which committed two errors, had two wild pitches and one passed ball. The Twins had three errors and five wild pitches in the doubleheader, scheduled to make up Wednesdays rainout.Minnesota has lost six straight games and 98 overall, reaching 96 for the fourth time in six seasons and three short of their 2011 total.Its kind of been typical for us to hang in games and then not be able to finish, manager Paul Molitor said. Thats part of what were hoping were developing here is these guys are understanding the fine line when you get down to the end, whether its making a pitch or making a play or getting a hit. It can be small when youre losing these close games, especially when theyre low-scoring like that.In the first game, Pat Dean made a spot start and pitched five innings while giving up just one run.Detroits Justin Upton hit a tiebreaking homer off Alex Wimmers (1-3) and Victor Martinez added a pinch-hit, three-run homer in a six-run ninth against Pat Light.AMONG SECONDSDoziers first-inning homer in the first game was his 42nd of the season and 40th while playing second base, establishing a new AL record for homers in a season by a second baseman. Dozier passed Alfonso Sorianos total in 2002. Only Rogers Hornsby (42 in 1922), Davey Johnson (42 in 1973) and Ryne Sandberg (40 in 1990) have hit more.Its just another number, Dozier said. But at the same time, I know the fans are enjoying it, so you come out and you play for them. To get a chance to do that here at home is pretty cool.Dozier had his 24-game hitting streak snapped in the second game.TRAINERS ROOMTwins: DH/3B Miguel Sano (lower back tightness) was back in the lineup for the first time since Sept. 12. Molitor said Sano was still sore but was anxious to return. . Molitor confirmed RHP Trevor May has a stress fracture in his back. May was 2-2 with a 5.27 ERA in 44 relief appearances. He made three trips to the DL with the injury, which hadnt been detected in previous exams. . RF Max Kepler left the second game with a mild neck strain after hitting the wall awkwardly.UP NEXTTwins: RHP Kyle Gibson (6-10) is slated to make his final home start of the season on Friday against Seattle, which will start LHP James Paxton (4-7). Saucony Shoes Outlet . -- Matt Kuchar and Harris English ran away with the Franklin Templeton Shootout, shooting a 14-under 58 on Sunday in the final-round scramble to break the tournament course record. Cheap Saucony Originals .com) - The Pittsburgh Penguins placed forward James Neal on injured reserve Tuesday. http://www.cheapsaucony.us/ . After Mondays hard-fought loss, the wait seemed longer than usual. Getting set to go their separate ways for a short Christmas break, the Raptors coach credited his team for their effort on a seemingly impossible three-game road trip, urging them to build on that success when they get back to work at the end of the week. Saucony Shoes Clearance . General manager Jarmo Kekalainen told Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch on Friday that he wants to see Gaboriks contributions go beyond the scoresheet before considering a long-term deal for the soon-to-be unrestricted free agent. Cheap Saucony Shoes Online . Fred Couples, captain of the U.S. side, put it all into perspective. "We know whos in charge," he said. As Tony Romo read his six-minute statement?last month accepting the job as the backup quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys, you could tell he understood his career was at a crossroads.When healthy, Romo is arguably one of the top eight quarterbacks in the NFL. He is 78-49 as a starter, and the Cowboys have averaged 25.4 points per game in those starts -- one of the best marks among active quarterbacks.But Romo is?36 years old, and he has only played four games over the past two seasons due to back and collarbone injuries. Now, after rookie?Dak Prescott won the starting job, Romo and the Cowboys face an interesting decision after the season.The Cowboys could try to get Romo to take a pay cut and stay in Dallas as the backup. They could also try to offload his hefty contract in a trade -- or rellease him outright, which will hurt the Cowboys salary cap.ddddddddddddBefore we get into Romos potential destinations,?lets take a look at which option is most likely, based on my discussions with people around the NFL.First, though, we have to mention his contract. Romo is scheduled to make $14 million next year and $40 million more over the final two years of his current contract, which expires in 2019. While $14 million might not be a lot in a quarterback market that now pays in the range of $20 million per year, that number severely hurts the Cowboys market for Romo in a trade. Not many teams have a need for a starting quarterback and can take on his salary. ' ' '