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  • July 5, 2019
    DETROIT -- Miguel Cabrera isnt a big fan of social media in September.Shortly after his seventh-inning homer broke a tie and led his Detroit Tigers to a crucial 9-6 victory over the Minnesota Twins, Cabrera talked about keeping negative energy out of the clubhouse.This is dangerous, he said, holding up his cell phone.Even with a $200 million payroll, the Tigers have had an inconsistent season and are in danger of missing the playoffs for a second straight year. They trail the Blue Jays by one game for the second AL wild card, with the Yankees and Mariners only one game back.We hear a lot of bad things about how were not going to make it, Cabrera said. Ive been here a lot of years and Ive been through this, but weve got a lot of new guys who think about it and read stuff. I tell them not to worry.This is fun. Weve got a chance to make the playoffs. Thats what you play for.The Tigers trailed 5-2 in the fourth inning, but put together the offensive performance theyve been missing while losing five of seven. Ian Kinsler had four hits, finishing a homer short of the cycle, and drove in three runs while scoring two.We had a tough loss last night, so we knew we had to come back and win this one, Cabrera said. We did it, and now we have to do it tomorrow.Brian Dozier and Kurt Suzuki homered for the Twins.Both starting pitchers made early exits. Minnesotas Tyler Duffey allowed six runs in 3 2/3 innings, while Anibal Sanchez gave up six in four-plus.Shane Greene (5-4) got the win, while Ryan Pressly (6-7) took the loss after surrendering Cabreras homer.Bruce Rondon pitched the eighth for Detroit, while Francisco Rodriguez put up a perfect ninth for his 42nd save.After Sanchez struck out the side in the first, Kinsler and Cameron Maybin gave the Tigers the lead with back-to-back doubles in the bottom of the inning. Kinslers RBI single in the second doubled the lead.Sanchez retired the first nine batters in order, but Dozier launched his first pitch of the fourth into the left-field stands for his 41st homer. The next three batters singled, with Kennys Vargas driving home Jorge Polanco to tie the game.Suzuki then made it 5-2 with a homer down the left-field line, but the Tigers came back in the bottom of the inning.Justin Upton walked and scored on Andrew Romines RBI single before Kinsler and Maybin hit back-to-back triples to tie the game.We scored enough runs in the top of the fourth to win the game, and I gave it right back, Duffey said. When you are facing that offense, when you miss, they dont. They got rolling, and I couldnt stop it.Twins manager Paul Molitor knew his team was in trouble after the walk to Upton. The Tigers leftfielder only has a .296 on-base percentage this year, with 40 walks against 165 strikeouts.When you get a big inning and get a lead, you want your pitcher to go out there and shut them down, Molitor said. That walk was a bad sign, but he still had two outs and could have gotten off the field if he gets Kinsler or Maybin.J.T. Chargois replaced Duffey and allowed a tiebreaking single to Cabrera, but Sanchez couldnt hold the lead. He walked Byron Buxton to start the fifth and Dozier followed with a double to make it 6-6.Alex Wilson got out of the inning without further damage, and the two bullpens were able to settle the game down until Cabreras homer off Pressly with one out in the seventh.The Tigers added two more runs in the eighth on Kinslers second RBI single and a wild pitch.TRAINERS ROOMTwins: 3B Miguel Sano missed his second straight game with back stiffness. Hes expected back for Minnesotas weekend series against the Mets. . Suzuki left the game in the eighth injury with a lacerated chin after being hit in the mask by a foul tip. Molitor said hes day-to-day, but might see action at DH while the injury heals.Tigers: RHP Jordan Zimmermann threw an 80-pitch simulated game Wednesday afternoon in an attempt to fix his mechanics and get back into the rotation. Due to assorted injuries, Zimmermann has only started twice since June and didnt escape the second inning either time. ... 3B Nick Castellanos (broken hand) batted once against Zimmermann before taking himself out of the lineup. He hopes to be back before the end of the regular season.ODD DEFENSIVE LINEUPZimmermann, who mostly faced September call-ups in his simulated game, didnt get a lot of help from his defense. Instead of one of baseballs best double-play combinations in Ian Kinsler and Jose Iglesias, Zimmermann had his fellow pitchers backing him up. Rookie of the Year favorite Michael Fulmer made a nice running catch on a pop up into shallow right, but Mike Pelfrey, Mark Lowe and Justin Verlander werent impressive as infielders.OLYMPIC WEEK CONTINUESFor the third straight day, an Olympic medalist from Rio threw out the first pitch. On Wednesday, it was New Zealands Nick Willis, who won the bronze medal in the 1,500-meter run. Willis spent his college career at the University of Michigan, and still lives in Ann Arbor.UP NEXTThe teams conclude their four-game series with the Tigers Mike Pelfrey (4-9, 4.76) facing the Twins Hector Santiago (11-8, 4.75). Pelfrey hasnt pitched in a big-league game since July 30 due to a back injury, and is expected to be on a 60-pitch limit. Kaleb McGary Womens Jersey . Burke is expected to miss two to three months after breaking a finger in the teams third preseason game. Tinsley, a 10-year veteran, spent the last two seasons in Utah, where the point guard averaged 3. Takkarist McKinley Youth Jersey .Y. -- Paul Byron and Matt Stajan scored as the Calgary Flames started a five-game road trip with a 2-1 overtime win over the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday afternoon. . Artturi Lehkonen, Joni Nikko and Ville Leskinen had the other goals for Finland (1-0) while Juuse Saros stopped 28 shots. Tim Robin Johnsgard had the lone goal for Norway (0-2). Qadree Ollison Falcons Jersey . The Hall of Fame defenceman told Landsberg that he believes fighting still has a place in todays game, but thinks staged fighting needs be outlawed. Takkarist McKinley Falcons Jersey .Y. -- Jayna Hefford scored the winning goal Friday as Canada survived a scare with a 4-3 win over Sweden at the Four Nations womens hockey tournament. CHASKA, Minn. -- Finally getting a W does not necessarily mean you earn a perfect grade. Sundays results weigh heavily in the equation, but the total score matters, too, with the final grades from the Ryder Cup.-(Find Team Europes Day 3 grades here.)Rickie FowlerGrade: B 2016 Record: Foursomes 1-1-0; Four-Ball 0-0-0; Singles 1-0-0; Overall: 2-1-0 Career record, including 2016: Foursomes 1-2-2; Four-Ball 0-1-2; Singles: 1-1-1; Overall: 2-4-5 Ryder Cup appearances: 3 (2010, 2014, 2016) Note: Captains pickRickie went out early and dealt a blow to one of Europes emotional leaders in Justin Rose, giving him his first outright win in a singles match in the Ryder Cup.J.B. HolmesGrade: D+ 2016 Record: Foursomes 0-0-0; Four-Ball 1-1-0; Singles 0-1-0; Overall: 1-2-0 Career record, including 2016: Foursomes 0-0-0; Four-Ball 2-1-1; Singles: 1-1-0; Overall: 3-2-1 Ryder Cup appearances: 2 (2008, 2016) Note: Captains pickOne of two U.S. players with an overall losing record, Holmes defeat to Thomas Pieters in the singles wont have dampened the party spirit Sunday night. He was beaten by the Euros mega rookie, no shame in that.Dustin JohnsonGrade: C 2016 Record: Foursomes 1-0-0; Four-Ball 0-2-0; Singles 1-0-0; Overall: 2-2-0 Career record, including 2016: Foursomes 1-1-0; Four-Ball 2-4-0; Singles: 3-0-0; Overall: 6-5-0 Ryder Cup appearances: 3 (2010, 2012, 2016)Strange that DJs other win came in alternate shot (foursomes) and his losses came in four-ball. Even though he fell behind in the singles early on, his victory against Chris Wood was expected.Zach JohnsonGrade: B- 2016 Record: Foursomes 1-1-0; Four-Ball 0-0-0; Singles 1-0-0; Overall: 2-1-0 Career record, including 2016: Foursomes 4-5-1; Four-Ball 1-1-0; Singles: 3-1-1; Overall: 8-7-2 Ryder Cup appearances: 5 (2006, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016)Zach did what Zach does: play smart, solid golf and wait until you beat yourself. A loss on Saturday morning wasnt for lack of effort but did show how Zachs style of game isnt always built for a comeback.Brooks KoepkaGrade: A- 2016 Record: Foursomes 1-0-0; Four-Ball 1-1-0; Singles 1-0-0; Overall: 3-1-0 Career record, including 2016: Foursomes 1-0-0; Four-Ball 1-1-0; Singles: 1-0-0; Overall: 3-1-0 Ryder Cup appearances: 1 (2016)With a rookie like this on the U.S. team, it should be good for a long while. His performance vs. Danny Willett on Sunday was dominant and his only loss was not down to bad play.Matt KucharGrade: C 2016 Record: Foursomes 1-0-0; Four-Ball 1-1-0; Singles 0-1-0; Overall: 2-2-0 Career record, including 2016: Foursomes 2-2-0; Four-Ball 3-2-2; Singles: 1-3-0; Overall: 6-7-2 Ryder Cup appearances: 4 (2010, 2012, 2014, 2016) Note: Captains pickBlowing a 3-up lead is not something to be proud of, but there was only one bogey as he lost the lead and thee match.dddddddddddd Kuchar played well enough on a course that he definitely couldnt overpower.Phil MickelsonGrade: A 2016 Record: Foursomes 1-1-0; Four-Ball 1-0-0; Singles 0-0-1; Overall: 2-1-1 Career record, including 2016: Foursomes 5-7-4; Four-Ball 8-8-2; Singles: 5-5-1; Overall: 18-20-7 Ryder Cup appearances: 11 (1995, 1997, 1999, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016)Phil wanted this team to have his stamp on it. Lefty accomplished that and more with his phenomenal play on Sunday afternoon.Ryan MooreGrade: B 2016 Record: Foursomes 0-0-0; Four-Ball 1-1-0; Singles 1-0-0; Overall: 2-1-0 Career record, including 2016: Foursomes 0-0-0; Four-Ball 1-1-0; Singles: 1-0-0; Overall: 2-1-0 Ryder Cup appearances: 1 (2016) Note: Captains pickRyan Moore has such deep resolve. Winning a full point after being 2 down with four holes to play is like something from a movie, and being the man who wins the point that brings home the Ryder Cup like a dream.Patrick ReedGrade: A+ 2016 Record: Foursomes 1-0-1; Four-Ball 1-1-0; Singles 1-0-0; Overall: 3-1-1 Career record, including 2016: Foursomes 1-0-2; Four-Ball 3-1-0; Singles: 2-0-0; Overall: 6-1-2 Ryder Cup appearances: 2 (2014, 2016)The most important thing you want on your team is a guy who wants the ball. Wants to be in the spotlight. Wants to beat the other teams best guy. Reed was that guy this last week and became the golfing bad boy America loves.Brandt SnedekerGrade: A+ 2016 Record: Foursomes 1-0-0; Four-Ball 1-0-0; Singles 1-0-0; Overall: 3-0-0 Career record, including 2016: Foursomes 2-1-0; Four-Ball 1-0-0; Singles: 1-1-0; Overall: 4-2-0 Ryder Cup appearances: 2 (2012, 2016)The only player on the U.S. team to go undefeated. He played each format and in Sunday singles showed emotion like Ive never seen from him.Jordan SpiethGrade: C+ 2016 Record: Foursomes 1-0-1; Four-Ball 1-1-0; Singles 0-1-0; Overall: 2-2-1 Career record, including 2016: Foursomes 1-0-2; Four-Ball 3-1-0; Singles: 0-2-0; Overall: 4-3-2 Ryder Cup appearances: 2 (2014, 2016)While its hard to beat someone who makes seven birdies and an eagle, as Henrik Stenson did Sunday, there were times when Spieths frustration seemed to carry over from one hole to the next when he should have let it go.Jimmy WalkerGrade: D+ 2016 Record: Foursomes 1-1-0; Four-Ball 0-0-0; Singles 0-1-0; Overall: 1-2-0 Career record, including 2016: Foursomes 1-2-1; Four-Ball 0-0-2; Singles: 1-1-0; Overall: 2-3-3 Ryder Cup appearances: 2 (2014, 2106)Four bogeys in match play is just not good, especially playing against a Ryder Cup rookie. That is not the way to win. Regardless, he was a good teammate and won a foursomes match. 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