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Twins Rally Past Tigers In 9th For 3-2 Win

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN - APRIL 3: Trevor Plouffe #24 of the Minnesota Twins tags out Torii Hunter #48 of the Detroit Tigers at third base as umpire Jim Joyce #66 looks on during the fifth inning of the game on April 3, 2013 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – APRIL 3: Trevor Plouffe #24 of the Minnesota Twins tags out Torii Hunter #48 of the Detroit Tigers at third base as umpire Jim Joyce #66 looks on during the fifth inning of the game on April 3, 2013 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

DAVE CAMPBELL,AP Sports Writer


MINNEAPOLIS (AP)
— Eduardo Escobar’s two-run double with one out in the ninth inning lifted the Minnesota Twins to a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday.

After Joaquin Benoit issued a leadoff walk to Trevor Plouffe, reliever Phil Coke took over. Coke got the first out, but Brian Dozier’s single advanced pinch-runner Jamey Carroll to third. Then Escobar drove the first pitch Coke to the deepest part of the park in front of the bullpens in left-center field.

The ball bounced between outfielders Andy Dirks and Austin Jackson and both runners scored easily. The rebuilding Twins enjoyed their first on-field celebration of the season and spoiled another strong performance by a Tigers starter.

The AL Central champion Tigers began the season without a set closer after Jose Valverde wasn’t brought back.

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