Snap Reaction: Still out of sync. The Tigers' limit the Twins to four runs, but can only score three. Go figure.
A lot of pregame celebration occurred with Tigers starter Doug Fister taking the mound. He's one of the reliable ones. Yet ... not so much against the Twins. He got into trouble several times, but was finally burned when he gave up a pair of home runs in the third inning. Morneau added a third RBI on the day in the fifth inning, when he grounded out to score a run. Just for fun, Detroit's corner infielders, Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder, each contributed an error. His fifth-inning error made one run unearned.
Fister allowed nine hits and two walks in six innings. The Tigers' bullpen of Phil Coke and Brayan Villarreal combined for three innings of scoreless relief.
So the starting pitching gave up a few too many runs, but was serviceable. The bullpen did its job well.
The Tigers lost, anyway. They were no hit until Brennan Boesch homered in the fifth inning. Andy Dirks homered in the sixth, and Prince Fielder followed two batters later.
But that was it for Detroit. Four hits, three left the park.
They threatened in the eighth. Glen Perkins couldn't find the strike zone. The first two batters walked. Then Fielder struck out and Delmon Young hit into a double play.
So the Tigers were swept at home in a two-game series by the Twins. Oh, Tigers. Not what the home fans wanted to see. Detroit is now two games under .500 at 18-20.
The Pirates come to town Friday for an interleague series.