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Shane Greene dominates as Detroit Tigers crush Minnesota Twins 7-1

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In his debut for the Detroit Tigers Shane Greene impressed everybody. The young hurler tossed eight innings without allowing a single run. It was only because of a fielding error on Yoenis Cespedes that the Minnesota Twins managed to score a run. Kyle Gibson took the hill for the Twins and got absolutely rocked, giving up six earned runs over 3.2 innings of work.

Greene struck out the first two batters he faced, getting Danny Santana and Brian Dozier to both go down swinging. Joe Mauer then grounded out to Nick Castellanos for the third out.

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Detroit’s offense also got off to a hot start as Anthony Gose, making his second straight start in CF, doubled off of Minnesota’s Kyle Gibson to get things going. Ian Kinsler followed up Gose with a walk, which was then followed by a Miguel Cabrera sacrifice fly, moving Gose to third base. Victor Martinez was then walked, loading the bases.

Things really picked up for Detroit’s lineup at this point as J.D. Martinez and Yoenis Cespedes hit back-to-back singles which scored Gose and Kinsler. The inning ended after Catellanos and Alex Avila hit a fly-out and ground-out, respectively.

Detroit now had a 2-0 lead for their young pitcher.

Greene continued to own Minnesota’s batters, getting Torii Hunter to fly-out in the top of the second inning. That was then followed by a Kenny Vargas punchout. After Vargas’ strikeout Green allowed his first hit of the day to Trevor Plouffe, but the Twins threat quickly ended once Eduardo Escobar flew-out to end the inning.

The top of the Tigers batting order kept causing Kyle Gibson havoc as Gose lined a soft single to third baseman Trevor Plouffe. Victor Martinez then drove Gose home a couple of batters later with a line-drive single to CF.

Shane Greene kept in the groove, not allowing a run through seven innings. Greene’s dominance was matched with offense throughout the game, which was topped off by a J.D. Martinez two-run home run in the bottom of the fourth inning. Alex Avila then drove in the seventh and final run of the day with a  single to RF, scoring Castellanos.

Tom Gorzelonny then came in to close things out, earning the save without giving up a run.

The Tigers are set to face the Cleveland Indians beginning Friday.

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