The Tigers lost outfielder J.D. Martinez to a back injury. The team announced he had lower back tightness and is day-to-day.
The Tigers ended the night with a half-game lead over the second-place Royals, who beat the Chicago White Sox 6-2.
The Twins took advantage of poor defense by the Tigers in the late innings.
In their first 20 games, the Tigers’ staff had walked an American League-low 52 batters. They hadn’t had more than five in any single game.
Detroit led 2-0 before starter Anibal Sanchez left in the third with a blister on his middle finger on his throwing hand, forcing newly recalled Jose Ortega (0-1) into action.
In this week’s That Thing You Missed watch the Twins pull an epic March Madness prank on Mike Pelfrey, Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg’s lack of dancing prowess go viral and what just might be the worst answer to a sports question ever.
The fans that stuck around rose to their feet only to go home disappointed when the reigning AL MVP swung and missed on a third strike.
For the third time in his career, Mauer broke up a no-hitter in the ninth inning.
Doug Fister pitched his first career shutout helping the Detroit Tigers to victory over the Minnesota Twins 8-0 on Saturday.
The Detroit Tigers have gotten steady performances lately from one player they acquired last month, but they could use some better efforts from the other player who came over in the same deal.