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Castellanos busts out with 5 hits, 5 RBIs in win

Outfielder hits homer, 2 doubles after entering game in 13-for-75 rut
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DETROIT -- Nicholas Castellanos is working to be a leader in an increasingly young Tigers clubhouse, and he has made a point to keep teammates loose and relaxed as the season unfolds. But even he admits he's been feeling the weight of the Tigers' struggles through his second-half slump.

Castellanos felt the burden of a cold streak that had followed him since the All-Star break heading into Monday night's game against the White Sox, a team he has tormented all season. With his first career five-hit game, including a go-ahead two-run homer in the seventh and a two-run single in the eighth, that feeling of a first half that warranted All-Star consideration had returned in a 9-5 Tigers victory at Comerica Park.

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DETROIT -- Nicholas Castellanos is working to be a leader in an increasingly young Tigers clubhouse, and he has made a point to keep teammates loose and relaxed as the season unfolds. But even he admits he's been feeling the weight of the Tigers' struggles through his second-half slump.

Castellanos felt the burden of a cold streak that had followed him since the All-Star break heading into Monday night's game against the White Sox, a team he has tormented all season. With his first career five-hit game, including a go-ahead two-run homer in the seventh and a two-run single in the eighth, that feeling of a first half that warranted All-Star consideration had returned in a 9-5 Tigers victory at Comerica Park.

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Video: CWS@DET: Castellanos laces a 2-run single for 5th hit

"If I said that I never put extra pressure on myself, I'd be lying," he said, "because I want to do good for everybody. But I also have been in this game long enough [to know] that you go through streaks like that. It is what it is."

Not since Ian Kinsler at Wrigley Field three years ago had a Tiger posted five hits. Not since Justin Upton on Aug. 18, in his final weeks as a Tiger, had a Detroit player racked up 10 total bases in a game. But what Castellanos was seeking was beyond the stats -- that sense that he had at the plate earlier in the year.

"I knew once I kind of had the feeling that I was looking for and felt it," Castellanos said, "like, 'Oh, OK, that's it.' Just hold it."

That's always the tricky part for a hitter. But Castellanos has shown a knack for holding that feeling when he steps to the plate against White Sox pitching.

Mahtook ready to seize opportunity

"He's pretty much a laid-back guy. He goes about his business, and he believes he can hit," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "Tonight, he was on the baseball. He really had a big night."

Video: CWS@DET: Gardenhire on win, Castellanos

Castellanos stepped into the box in the seventh -- an inning after Omar Narvaez hit a game-tying solo homer off Drew VerHagen -- with a runner on first and Jeanmar Gomez (0-1) searching for outs with his sinker. Gomez, having seen Castellanos post two doubles and a 103-mph single off White Sox starter Reynaldo Lopez, stayed away from the strike zone for three pitches before his 2-1 offering wandered over the middle of the plate.

Castellanos drove the pitch on a line over the left-field fence, hit with a 108.7-mph exit velocity according to Statcast™, his second-hardest hit homer this season. It gave the Tigers a 6-4 lead with an exclamation point.

Video: CWS@DET: Castellanos belts a go-ahead 2-run HR in 7th

Though Adam Engel's fourth home run of the year cut the gap to a run in the eighth, Victor Reyes' RBI double added an insurance tally before back-to-back two-out walks loaded the bases for Castellanos. Needing a triple for the cycle, he took a two-run single, lacing a 2-0 pitch back through the middle off Juan Minaya.

Castellanos also doubled in a fifth-inning run and scored another after a leadoff double in the fourth. His home run and five RBIs mirrored his total output since the All-Star break, part of a .173 (13-for-75) second-half slump. Fittingly, he broke out of it off White Sox pitching. Castellanos has feasted to the tune of a .419 (18-for-43) average with four homers and 14 RBIs against the Sox this season -- including his last five-RBI game on June 16 in Chicago.

Video: CWS@DET: Castellanos plates Reyes with double in 5th

"Today was a really good day," Castellanos said. "They're fun when they happen."

James McCann added three hits and three runs scored.

"Hitting's contagious," McCann said. "I don't care whether you're hitting in the three-hole or the nine-hole. You saw what happened when Nick got going."

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Sidearming righty gets lefty slugger: Narvaez had been hitting right-handed pitching all year, before his game-tying homer off VerHagen. With no lefty in the Tigers' bullpen, that created some nervousness when Narvaez stepped to the plate an inning later with runners at the corners and two outs against Louis Coleman. The sidearming reliever pounded the outside corner against Narvaez, who fouled off a changeup, fastball and slider to extend the at-bat. With a 2-2 count, Coleman went back over the middle with a fastball, surprising Narvaez into a groundout to short to keep it a 4-4 game.

Video: CWS@DET: Coleman gets Navarez to end 7th

SOUND SMART
The Tigers are 9-1 against the White Sox this season, including 3-1 at Comerica Park. They need one more win to take the season series for the eighth time in the last nine seasons.

HE SAID IT
"It's been a while since I sat down on the bench and watched a baseball game. Kind of take a step back every now and again and slow yourself down. It's not a bad thing to do." -- Castellanos, on the benefit of being out of the lineup on Sunday with a sore foot

UP NEXT
Blaine Hardy (4-4, 3.63 ERA) hopes to rebound from one of his rougher starts of the season last week when he takes the mound Tuesday for the middle game of the series. Hardy is 3-1 with a 3.62 ERA at home. Lucas Giolito (7-9, 6.23) is scheduled to start for the White Sox. First pitch is at 7:10 p.m. ET.

Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and Facebook.

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Mahtook ready to seize latest opportunity

Fulmer set for first rehab start; Turner outrighted to Triple-A
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DETROIT -- The 60-mile stretch of I-75 that links Detroit and Toledo has been well traveled by Mikie Mahtook this season. After Mahtook began the season in the Tigers' Opening Day lineup, the 28-year-old outfielder has been optioned to and recalled from Triple-A Toledo three times.

"It's been rough," Mahtook said at his locker in Detroit. "It wasn't ideal. It's not what I planned going into the season. I had high expectations for myself in the beginning of the season [and it hasn't worked] out that way."

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DETROIT -- The 60-mile stretch of I-75 that links Detroit and Toledo has been well traveled by Mikie Mahtook this season. After Mahtook began the season in the Tigers' Opening Day lineup, the 28-year-old outfielder has been optioned to and recalled from Triple-A Toledo three times.

"It's been rough," Mahtook said at his locker in Detroit. "It wasn't ideal. It's not what I planned going into the season. I had high expectations for myself in the beginning of the season [and it hasn't worked] out that way."

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Mahtook was recalled Monday to replace JaCoby Jones, who went on the 10-day disabled list with right hamstring tightness. Mahtook was in the lineup, playing left field and batting seventh for Monday's series opener against the White Sox.

In 10 games this month with the Mud Hens, Mahtook is batting .270 with two triples and seven RBIs. This is the latest surge in a season that has seen Mahtook's production fluctuate in cycles. He's hitting .200 in 105 at-bats with the Tigers, but Mahtook said he has made improvements to his swing since his last stint with Detroit from July 2-13.

"He told me when he got here, he thinks he knows what he needs to do now," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "Now let's carry it over to the games up here. Get your chance again. It's about carrying it into the games here and staying with what you think you've figured out."

After watching Mahtook take batting practice Monday, Gardenhire said his swing looked different and that he appeared to be driving through the ball better than before. Mahtook, who is eligible for arbitration after this season, says he doesn't have the mindset that there is something to be salvaged this season, but this is another opportunity to demonstrate his value to a team in its first year of a rebuild.

"You have to play baseball no matter where you're at," Mahtook said, "whether it's in the big leagues, Triple-A, Double-A, [Class A], independent ball, wherever you're at. If you're playing baseball, that's your job."

Castellanos talks to kids for PLAY event

Tigers right fielder Nicholas Castellanos joined the team's athletic training, strength and conditioning staff Monday morning at Comerica Park as part of the national PLAY Campaign, which promotes the importance of children living a healthy lifestyle and disability inclusion.

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Children from the National Down Syndrome Society took part in the event with the support of the Ruderman Family Foundation.

"It's always good to get out there and talk to kids about their hope and dreams," Castellanos said.

The PLAY campaign stands for Promoting a Lifetime of Activity for Youth. It began in 2004 through the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society, and has since conducted more than 300 events across all 30 Major League parks, reaching tens of thousands of young people with positive messages about living a more active and healthy lifestyle.

Worth noting

• Gardenhire said Michael Fulmer will make his first rehab start with Clas A Advanced Lakeland "in a day or two." Fulmer has been on the DL since Jul 20 with a left oblique strain he sustained in a bullpen session after the All-Star break.

• The Tigers announced Monday that right-hander Jacob Turner has cleared waivers and has been outrighted to Triple-A Toledo. Turner has appeared in five games for the Tigers this season, including one start, and he has a 20.25 ERA.

• The only permanent Tigers outfielder for the time being will likely be Castellanos in right field. Between Mahtook, Victor Reyes and Mike Gerber, Gardenhire said he wants to mix and match in the outfield.

"We're gonna mix them all in," Gardenhire said. "They're all gonna play."

Tyler Fenwick is a reporter for MLB.com based in Detroit.

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Jones goes on DL with right hamstring tightness

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DETROIT -- JaCoby Jones became the latest Tiger to join the disabled list after leaving Sunday's 4-2 win over the Twins with a right hamstring strain.

The Tigers placed the outfielder on the 10-day DL on Monday, and called up outfielder Mikie Mahtook to replace him.

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DETROIT -- JaCoby Jones became the latest Tiger to join the disabled list after leaving Sunday's 4-2 win over the Twins with a right hamstring strain.

The Tigers placed the outfielder on the 10-day DL on Monday, and called up outfielder Mikie Mahtook to replace him.

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Manager Ron Gardenhire said an MRI showed what they expected to see.

"[Jones has] been fighting a stiff back off and on, and his hammy has been bothering him a little bit," Gardenhire said Monday. "You know what, it's time to give him a few days here, 10 days to try to figure this thing out. We're too thin to have him go on the field and come back off like this, and he knows it."

The speedy center fielder made a long run to try to track Mitch Garver's second-inning drive, getting a glove on it as it carried to the depths of center for a leadoff triple. Then in the bottom of the inning, Jones hit an infield single and ran into the Twins' Tyler Austin as the first baseman reached for a high throw from second baseman Logan Forsythe.

Gardenhire believed the earlier play was the one in which Jones tweaked the hamstring.

Jones stayed in the game through the third inning, then was replaced before the top of the fourth. Victor Reyes moved from right field to center and Niko Goodrum from second base to right, with Ronny Rodriguez entering the game at second.

The Tigers have been playing without their full lineup for most of the year, ever since Miguel Cabrera's season-ending biceps surgery in June. Cabrera's replacement at first base, John Hicks, is on the 10-day DL with a right groin strain and has a visit with a specialist scheduled for Wednesday. Pitchers Michael Fulmer and Daniel Norris are also on the DL.

Jones has served as Detroit's primary center fielder since Leonys Martin was traded to Cleveland at the July 31 Trade Deadline. Those duties could now fall on rookie Mike Gerber, currently 4-for-25 with a double and four walks since his return, and the switch-hitting Reyes, batting .223 (29-for-130).

Mahtook, batting .200 (21-for-105) after an encouraging first season with Detroit last year, could also be an option.

Right-hander Jacob Turner, who started last Tuesday against the Angels and took the loss with a seven-run first inning, has cleared waivers and been outrighted to Toledo.

Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and Facebook.

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Morris jerseys available for eligible fans

Vouchers from Sunday's game can be redeemed for giveaway jersey
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DETROIT -- Tigers fans who attended Sunday's game hoping to get a Jack Morris replica jersey as part of ceremonies retiring his No. 47 won't have to wait long. The jerseys arrived at Comerica Park on Monday, the team announced, and are available for pickup.

Fans who received vouchers for jerseys on Sunday have three ways to redeem them:

DETROIT -- Tigers fans who attended Sunday's game hoping to get a Jack Morris replica jersey as part of ceremonies retiring his No. 47 won't have to wait long. The jerseys arrived at Comerica Park on Monday, the team announced, and are available for pickup.

Fans who received vouchers for jerseys on Sunday have three ways to redeem them:

1. They can visit the guest services kiosk near section 130 at Comerica Park during any remaining Tigers game this season.

2. They can visit the Comerica Park box office during normal business hours.

3. They can mail the voucher with their size preference (large or extra large) to Detroit Tigers Promotions Department, 2100 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48201

Fans can redeem their vouchers for jerseys anytime between now and Oct. 1.

As a token of appreciation for fans' patience, the Tigers are also giving all fans who redeem a jersey voucher an additional voucher, good for two tickets to a future Tigers home game. Fans can choose from any remaining game this season aside from Alan Trammell's No. 3 retirement on Aug. 26, or the 1968 World Series anniversary celebration on Sept. 8. Fans can also select a game in April or May of next season, not including Opening Day.

The ticket vouchers can be redeemed at the box office.

"After the unfortunate delay of the arrival for yesterday's promotional giveaway item, all of us in the Tigers' organization felt it was important to show fans how appreciative we are of their continued support and loyalty," Tigers executive vice president of business operations Duane McLean said in a release. "We're proud to have some of the best fans in all of sports, and we are committed to treating them as such. Giving those who showed up early to show their support for Jack Morris a complimentary chance to see Tigers baseball in the near future is the least we could do."

Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and Facebook.

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Tigers retire Jack Morris' uniform No. 47

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DETROIT -- Among the many examples of Jack Morris' fiery competitiveness as a Tiger was his flash of temper when manager Sparky Anderson would walk to the mound to pull Morris from a game, with Morris slamming the ball into his manager's hand before he made the march back to the dugout.

Fitting, then, that the Tigers set up sparklers for Morris' walk from the dugout to the stage behind the mound at Comerica Park on Sunday, when the team celebrated Morris' induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame by retiring his uniform No. 47 prior to the Tigers' 4-2 victory over the Twins.

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DETROIT -- Among the many examples of Jack Morris' fiery competitiveness as a Tiger was his flash of temper when manager Sparky Anderson would walk to the mound to pull Morris from a game, with Morris slamming the ball into his manager's hand before he made the march back to the dugout.

Fitting, then, that the Tigers set up sparklers for Morris' walk from the dugout to the stage behind the mound at Comerica Park on Sunday, when the team celebrated Morris' induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame by retiring his uniform No. 47 prior to the Tigers' 4-2 victory over the Twins.

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"Whenever any Tigers fan walks into this stadium and sees that number on the wall, they can explain to whoever they're with the story of the great Jack Morris," Morris' longtime catcher, Lance Parrish, said.

The emotions Morris expressed as he addressed the crowd and several of his teammates Sunday, however, were on the other end of the spectrum.

"It wasn't always easy," he told them. "There were ups and downs. There was a lot of failure, but the desire to succeed was much stronger. That desire came from the support of you fans. I can't thank you enough for what you did for me."

Video: MIN@DET: Morris on his number being retired

Though no Tiger had worn 47 since Morris left in 1990, something longtime clubhouse manager Jim Schmakel no doubt oversaw, Sunday's ceremony made it official. He became the seventh Tiger to have his number formally retired, and the first since Anderson in 2011.

While a video tribute chronicled his feats, including his status as the winningest pitcher of the 1980s, teammates Parrish and Dan Petry spoke beyond the numbers to what Morris meant for a team that grew up together and won Detroit's most recent World Series title in 1984. Morris and Alan Trammell became the first players from that team to be inducted into the Hall of Fame when the Modern Era Committee elected them last winter.

"I wanted to get on that podium and say, 'Finally somebody is getting recognized as part of that era and as part of that team,'" Parrish said. "We all felt like we had a pretty special group, and obviously we felt that we had some guys that were qualified to be in the Hall of Fame. So, for him to be in there, and for Trammell to be in there, I always felt like Trammell was destined to be in the Hall of Fame anyway. And I always felt like after catching Jack for a couple years, that it was only a matter of time before he got in."

That era included a fair number of workhorse pitchers, but none more than Morris. His 175 complete games are the most for any pitcher since 1975, including seven in a row in his 20-win season of 1983 and six shutouts in his 21-win season of 1986. His 10-inning shutout of the Braves for the Twins in Game 7 of the 1991 World Series remains one of the best pitching performances in postseason history.

"Jack didn't pitch for a low ERA. He just simply won baseball games," Petry said. "He was just going to find a way to win. There was just no surrender in him."

Though Morris joked that he could talk for an hour and a half, he kept his remarks relatively short, thanking his teammates and especially the fans.

"Detroit means so much to me, and the state of Michigan," he said afterwards. "What Detroit baseball means to this community is beyond words. To know that I was part of a team that helped kindle that love, we're looking for the next round. So, to be there with my teammates meant the world to me. I wouldn't want it any other way. It's meaningless without sharing it. So many fans showed up."

Morris proudly noted that he did not cry during the speech, challenging Tigers manager and former Twins teammate Ron Gardenhire. What followed, however, got him teared up. At the end of the ceremony, the Tigers unveiled Morris' No. 47 on the brick wall, tucked between fellow Hall of Famers Hank Greenberg and Charlie Gehringer.

Video: MIN@DET: Jack Morris' retired 47 is unveiled

"When they unveiled it out there, I could see [a tear] trickling down," Gardenhire said.

Fittingly, they left plenty of space nearby for Trammell, who will have his number formally retired in two weeks.

"I guess part of me seriously always wondered what it would look like, if it ever happened," Morris said. "It's been a long time coming. I never played at this ballpark, but ever since it was made, and I saw all the other Hall of Famers up there, I thought, 'Jeez, someday, wouldn't that be the neatest?' And now, here it is."

" ... I don't know. I think it'll have more meaning down the road. When I come back, and my grandkids are a little older, and they'll say, 'Grandpa, your number is up there.' It's just going to be cool."

Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and Facebook.

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Tigers' nicknames for Players' Weekend

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For the second consecutive year, Major Leaguers will put their personalities and passions on the field when Players' Weekend takes center stage during all games from Friday, Aug. 24, through Sunday, Aug. 26.

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2018 Players' Weekend nicknames
Best nickname for every team
All you need to know about Players' Weekend

For the second consecutive year, Major Leaguers will put their personalities and passions on the field when Players' Weekend takes center stage during all games from Friday, Aug. 24, through Sunday, Aug. 26.

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2018 Players' Weekend nicknames
Best nickname for every team
All you need to know about Players' Weekend

Here are the nicknames big leaguers will wear on their backs while sporting colorful, non-traditional uniforms featuring alternate designs inspired by youth-league uniforms:

Video: Get ready, 2018 Players' Weekend is August 24-26

:: Players' Weekend presented by Valspar Stain ::

Jim Adduci: "DEUCE"
Victor Alcantara: "V"
Matthew Boyd: "MATTY B"
Jeimer Candelario: "CANDY"
Miguel Cabrera: "MIGGY"
Nicholas Castellanos: "NICK"
Louis Coleman: "HAROLD"
Buck Farmer: "GEORGE"
Michael Fulmer: "THE PLUMBER"
Mike Gerber: "GERBS"
Niko Goodrum: "J.J MUMFORD"
Shane Greene: "SHANER"
Grayson Greiner: "GARY"
Blaine Hardy: "HARDY BOY"
John Hicks: "JAZZ"
Jose Iglesias: "CANDELITA"
Joe Jimenez: "JO JO"
JaCoby Jones: "JUICY J"
Artie Lewicki: :"LOU"
Francisco Liriano: "LIRI"
Victor Martinez: "PAPICHO"
James McCann: "McCANNON"
Daniel Norris: "D. NO"
Victor Reyes: "VIC"
Ronny Rodriguez: "EL FELINO"
Jacob Turner: "JET"
Drew VerHagen: "VERGY"
Alex Wilson: "WILLY"
Jordan Zimmermann: "J Z"

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Boyd's strong start helps Tigers claim series win

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DETROIT -- Matthew Boyd credits a talk with Hall of Famer Jack Morris on the Tigers' Winter Caravan with helping his aggressive approach to hitters. On the day the Tigers honored Morris by retiring his No. 47, Boyd tried to pay tribute with his performance.

"He probably doesn't like me going six," Boyd joked after his one-run outing in Sunday's 4-2 win over the Twins at Comerica Park.

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DETROIT -- Matthew Boyd credits a talk with Hall of Famer Jack Morris on the Tigers' Winter Caravan with helping his aggressive approach to hitters. On the day the Tigers honored Morris by retiring his No. 47, Boyd tried to pay tribute with his performance.

"He probably doesn't like me going six," Boyd joked after his one-run outing in Sunday's 4-2 win over the Twins at Comerica Park.

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He was kidding, he emphasized. Well, probably.

"I know Jack's yelling at me because I took him out after six," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "I wanted to do that just to irritate him on his day."

Morris, author of 175 complete games in his big league career, talked Sunday about slamming the ball in Sparky Anderson's hand when he came out with the hook for him. He talked with Boyd on Sunday morning, something pitchers don't often do on start days.

Morris might have at least been touched by the reaction Boyd gave when Gardenhire pulled him after six innings of one-run, two-hit ball.

"I can't even tell you what he told me," Gardenhire said. "It was great, one of the greatest lines ever. It was beautiful. That's exactly what you want as a manager. You want a guy to fight for staying out there."

He had a case. Minutes after Morris' pregame ceremony and the unveiling of his retired number on Comerica Park's brick wall, Boyd (7-10) took the mound with a quick first inning before Mitch Garver's triple just out of JaCoby Jones' reach set up a Johnny Field sacrifice fly in the second. Boyd retired 15 of his final 16 batters from there, including 13 in a row before Logan Forsythe drew a sixth-inning walk.

Boyd kept it there, finishing the sixth at 88 pitches. He went into the seventh with the same count two starts ago against the Reds, finishing at 105 pitches over eight scoreless innings. At that point, Gardenhire said he'd rather give his bullpen a clean inning to work with than have them enter with a leadoff man on.

Boyd wasn't giving the details of what he said, either. But it fit into the Morris mindset he picked up during their talk in January.

"The biggest thing, the theme around everything was compete," Boyd explained. "You go out there and you take the ball and you compete every single pitch. You don't get pushed around. You don't get disrespected. You go out there and you put your team in a position to win every single time. You be that presence out there. That's what he was.

"It stuck with me. He was the ultimate competitor. That's why his plaque is now on the wall in Cooperstown. I'm just grateful for everything I learned from him."

That message was reinforced when they talked Sunday morning.

"Getting to talk to him before the game was really special," said Boyd, who has won three of his last four starts. "He told me he's going to get me in line every year. Every offseason, he's going to have to get me in line. I said I'm all ears for that."

Detroit's offense had similar frustrations against Twins starter Kohl Stewart in his Major League debut before stringing together four singles and a bases-loaded walk for a three-run fifth inning. Victor Martinez's sacrifice fly on an 0-2 pitch from lefty reliever Taylor Rogers provided a key run.

Video: MIN@DET: Martinez lifts a sacrifice fly to right

Max Kepler's eighth-inning home run off Joe Jimenez, his first homer allowed at Comerica Park this season, cut the lead to one before Ronny Rodriguez's RBI double in the bottom of the eighth restored a two-run gap for Shane Greene's 25th save.

Video: MIN@DET: Greene K's Garver to pick up 25th save

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Iglesias beats out single: Jose Iglesias' 18th infield hit of the year proved to be a crucial catalyst in the Tigers' rally. He battled out of an 0-2 count for a 10-pitch at-bat before hitting a chopper to third that Ehire Adrianza sat back on, giving Iglesias the split second he needed to beat the throw and load the bases ahead of Niko Goodrum's go-ahead walk.

Video: MIN@DET: Iglesias reaches on infield single

"That was a really good battle," Stewart said. "Me and Garver were thinking about what route to go there. He just wasn't squaring up my sinker. He was fouling it off into his foot. He's either gonna swing and miss there, or he's gonna hit a ground ball to third or short. Ten-pitch at-bat, we probably threw seven or eight sinkers. Maybe we can go back, hindsight is 20-20, and maybe we can throw a different pitch there."

INJURY REPORT
Jones, who took a tumble trying to run down Garver's line-drive triple, left the game after three innings with right hamstring tightness, according to the Tigers. He underwent an MRI later Sunday as the Tigers pondered whether to put him on the 10-day disabled list.

YOU GOTTA SEE THIS
Moments after Boyd gave way to the Tigers bullpen for the seventh inning, Iglesias gave reliever Alex Wilson a big first out when made a backhanded lunge at Tyler Austin's line drive. The ranging catch corralled a line drive with a 107.9 mph exit velocity, the second-hardest ball hit all day, with a 79 percent hit probability.

Video: MIN@DET: Iglesias makes a nice snag on a frozen rope

UP NEXT
The Tigers continue their 10-game stretch of divisional play on Monday, when they open a three-game series against the White Sox with a 7:10 p.m. ET game at Comerica Park. Artie Lewicki (0-2, 4.76 ERA) will make his fourth career Major League start opposite Reynaldo Lopez (4-9, 4.30).

Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and Facebook.

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Each team's jersey number likely to be retired next

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Over the weekend, the Giants retired the No. 25 worn by Barry Bonds and the Tigers retired Jack Morris' No. 47. Bonds became the 12th Giant and Morris the seventh Tiger so honored (along with Jackie Robinson's No. 42 for both teams, of course). Bonds played for the Giants for 15 seasons and Morris pitched for the Tigers for 14 years and was just inducted into the Hall of Fame: It was a no-brainer for the Tigers once he was in.

This whole exercise got us thinking: Which active players might end up with their own jerseys retired? Who potentially has that immortality in their future? Thus, this week at The Thirty, in honor of Bonds and Morris, we take a look at the most likely active player to someday have their number retired for every team. Note the wording there, by the way: The player has to be active, but he does not have to be actively playing for the team that will retire his number at this specific moment.

Over the weekend, the Giants retired the No. 25 worn by Barry Bonds and the Tigers retired Jack Morris' No. 47. Bonds became the 12th Giant and Morris the seventh Tiger so honored (along with Jackie Robinson's No. 42 for both teams, of course). Bonds played for the Giants for 15 seasons and Morris pitched for the Tigers for 14 years and was just inducted into the Hall of Fame: It was a no-brainer for the Tigers once he was in.

This whole exercise got us thinking: Which active players might end up with their own jerseys retired? Who potentially has that immortality in their future? Thus, this week at The Thirty, in honor of Bonds and Morris, we take a look at the most likely active player to someday have their number retired for every team. Note the wording there, by the way: The player has to be active, but he does not have to be actively playing for the team that will retire his number at this specific moment.

Now, some of these teams have a rule that they won't retire anyone's number who wasn't elected to the Hall of Fame. In this case, if there is no obvious Hall of Fame candidate, when necessary, we'll pick the player most likely to be inducted into the team's Hall of Fame. But the general principle remains: Who's the active player most likely to go down in history for each specific franchise? Here's our list.

AMERICAN LEAGUE EAST

Blue Jays
19: Jose Bautista

This is probably the last year for Bautista, who is peddling his wares for the Mets, his second team this season. This jersey retirement probably won't end up happening, so they may just have to do a statue of his bat flip.

Video: MLB Tonight uses Statcast™ on Bautista's bat flip

Orioles
10: Adam Jones

Jones may be traded in August, but he'll be forever an Oriole. He's Captain America for crying out loud.

Rays
3: Evan Longoria

He's the best player in franchise history by a wide, wide margin.

Red Sox
15: Dustin Pedroia

Pedroia is already one of the franchise's 10 best players by WAR (per Baseball Reference) in history, and if he ever gets healthy again, he'll pass David Ortiz (whose No. 34 is already retired) in a matter of weeks. Also, those two World Series championships don't hurt.

Video: 2007 WS Gm1: Dustin Pedroia leads off with homer
Yankees
99: Aaron Judge

It's obviously early, but it's not like anyone else is clamoring for the number.

AL CENTRAL

Indians
12: Francisco Lindor

This is a tough call: Corey Kluber (28) is right there, too, but Lindor could be here for decades to come as a franchise icon.

Royals
13: Salvador Perez

Anybody else get the feeling that come 2028 we're going to be having the same Hall of Fame arguments about Perez that we're having about Yadier Molina right now?

Video: Perez receives World Series MVP Award in presentation

Tigers
24: Miguel Cabrera

Cabrera will end up having been a Tiger for 16 years by the time his contract is over … and heck, maybe even longer.

Video: WS2012 Gm3: Miggy receives trophy for Triple Crown

Twins
7: Joe Mauer

Remember, Kent Hrbek has a statue outside Target Field. If he has a statue, they should probably just name the stadium after Mauer.

White Sox
49: Chris Sale

Probably pushing it here, but if he ends up spending longer than seven years -- the amount of time he spent with the White Sox -- with any other team, we'll be surprised.

AL WEST

Angels
27: Mike Trout

Sorry, Vlad.

Astros
27: Jose Altuve

The jersey might be retired before the player is.

Video: Watch Jose Altuve's top 10 moments of the 2017 season

Athletics
26: Matt Chapman

Without question the toughest call on the board, but we'll just imagine a theoretical future where he turns into Brooks Robinson and plays with the A's for the next 15 years.

Mariners
51: Ichiro Suzuki

He's not technically retired yet, remember.

Video: A look at Ichiro's first and last hits in the Majors

Rangers
29: Adrian Beltre

If only he could have won one of those World Series…

NATIONAL LEAGUE EAST

Braves
5: Freddie Freeman

He's still only 28 years old. The guy the Braves didn't trade years ago may end up being an Atlanta lifer … and perhaps someday a champion.

Marlins
27: Giancarlo Stanton

He's the Marlins' all-time leader in bWAR, by a significant margin. But by the time he retires, will anyone remember he ever played here?

Video: Stanton caps off historic 2017 with NL MVP Award

Mets
5: David Wright

Oh, what could have been.

Nationals
31: Max Scherzer

He's under contract with the Nationals through 2021, which gives him a lot of time to win some more Cy Young Awards.

Video: BOS@WSH: Scherzer records 1,000th K with Nationals

Phillies
26: Chase Utley

We've got five years to debate his Hall of Fame case. OK, probably 10, at least.

NL CENTRAL

Brewers
8: Ryan Braun

Is this crazy? This is probably crazy. But we might feel a lot differently about Braun's offense in 20 years than we do now.

Cardinals
5: Albert Pujols

Molina might end up having his jersey retired as well, but the Cardinals haven't given out No. 5 since Pujols left and surely won't ever again.

Video: WS2011 Gm3: Pujols' trio of homers ties Series record

Cubs
17: Kris Bryant

Incredibly tough call between Bryant and Anthony Rizzo here, but we'll go with the guy with the MVP Award and maybe some more coming.

Video: Bryant continues magical year with NL MVP Award

Pirates
22: Andrew McCutchen

Still pretty strange that his old team has a better record than his new one does.

Reds
19: Joey Votto

At this point, Votto will probably retire a Red, and maybe as the best Red since the Big Red Machine.

NL WEST

D-backs
44: Paul Goldschmidt

Goldschmidt might have gotten started too late in his career to have much of a shot at the Hall of Fame, but he'll be beloved in Phoenix forever.

Dodgers
22: Clayton Kershaw

We'll see what happens this offseason, but 11 years of brilliance so far is plenty.

Video: Kershaw sets Dodgers, MLB record with strikeout mark

Giants
28: Buster Posey

Barely edging out Madison Bumgarner, if just because Posey is less likely to ever play anywhere else.

Padres
23: Fernando Tatis Jr.

Heck, why not?

Rockies
28: Nolan Arenado

The question, as with many Rockies: How long will he remain a Rockie?

Video: Must C Cycle: Arenado gets cycle with walk-off homer

Will Leitch is a columnist for MLB.com.

Liriano falters vs. Twins as Tigers can't rally late

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DETROIT -- Francisco Liriano's first start against his old team as a Tiger turned out to be a throwback to the growing pains he endured coming up with the Twins. With three runs on six hits and four walks over five innings, Liriano's outing in Saturday's 4-3 Tigers loss at Comerica Park reinforces the belief he'll remain a Tiger past the postseason roster deadline at the end of the month.

It's somewhat surprising, given the need for veteran left-handed pitching in various roles among contending teams. But between Liriano's allergy scare at the end of July, and his struggles with walks for much of the summer, the market has been relatively quiet on the 34-year-old southpaw. Though the Tigers rallied late in his latest start, nearly tying the game with a ninth-inning rally, it would take a similar pickup in interest for Liriano to head to a contender in time for a potential postseason run.

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DETROIT -- Francisco Liriano's first start against his old team as a Tiger turned out to be a throwback to the growing pains he endured coming up with the Twins. With three runs on six hits and four walks over five innings, Liriano's outing in Saturday's 4-3 Tigers loss at Comerica Park reinforces the belief he'll remain a Tiger past the postseason roster deadline at the end of the month.

It's somewhat surprising, given the need for veteran left-handed pitching in various roles among contending teams. But between Liriano's allergy scare at the end of July, and his struggles with walks for much of the summer, the market has been relatively quiet on the 34-year-old southpaw. Though the Tigers rallied late in his latest start, nearly tying the game with a ninth-inning rally, it would take a similar pickup in interest for Liriano to head to a contender in time for a potential postseason run.

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"I haven't had a good rhythm the last couple starts, not making pitches and walking a lot of guys," Liriano said. "That's been the whole problem for me."

His manager has some ideas.

"He's getting so rushed, it's like he's trying to throw a ball through a brick wall," Tigers skipper Ron Gardenhire said. "And when he does that, that's when he really misfires. He's gotta slow down, and it starts in his delivery. He'll have that pause every once in a while and then he's really jumping at them. He doesn't really need to do that with his stuff. That causes the ball to go all over the place.

"To me it's just all about slowing down. But he's always been a pitcher that's gonna have a pitch count. He does that, throws a lot of balls off the plate, and he can come back and throw three right down the middle. I've seen him for a long time. That's what he does."

Twins hitters didn't chase, especially early, and made it a rather wild ride for Liriano. He retired his first two batters on groundouts and had a 2-2 count on Miguel Sano in the first before missing the strike zone with his next nine pitches.

"Everything happened so quick," Liriano said. "Next thing you know, it's bases loaded, it's a 3-1 count."

It was actually a 3-0 count on Jorge Polanco before he took a called strike and hit a 3-1 pitch for a flyball out.

Liriano (3-7) was less fortunate in the third inning, when a leadoff walk and wild pitch put Eddie Rosario on and brought him in to tie the game. Tyler Austin's two-run homer in his first game as a Twin put Minnesota up for good in the fifth.

Video: MIN@DET: Austin crushes a 2-run homer in Twins debut

"He hung in there," Gardenhire said. "Give him credit for that. He hung in there and didn't let it blow wide open, but it was a lot of pitches."

Saturday's outing was the fifth consecutive start in which Liriano did not pitch into the sixth. He walked three batters in three of those, and at least three batters for the 10th time in his last 12 starts.

"One of my problems is getting a little too excited early," Liriano said. "Instead of just facing one hitter at a time, one pitch at a time and locating my pitches and let the guys behind me make some plays, I missed my spot a lot. I was trying too hard, I think."

By contrast, Twins starter Kyle Gibson (6-9) held down Detroit's offense after Jim Adduci's second-inning triple and James McCann's ensuing ground ball RBI single against the shift. With seven hits allowed over as many innings, Gibson rebounded from back-to-back losses against the Indians and beat the Tigers for the first time since last September.

Video: MIN@DET: Gibson strikes out 4 in 7 innings

"We didn't do too much for a lot of those middle innings because Gibby threw the ball really well," Gardenhire said. "I had him for a while over there on the other team, and he's found out what pitching's all about now. He's throwing strikes and he has good stuff."

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Tigers rally in ninth: Niko Goodrum's second home run off his old team in as many nights, a two-run drive to right field, whittled what had been a 4-1 lead to a one-run game in the ninth.

Video: MIN@DET: Goodrum drills a 2-run home run to right

However, Trevor Hildenberger -- pitching the Twins' first save situation since trading Fernando Rodney to Oakland on Thursday -- left the potential tying run on base by retiring his final three batters in order, including McCann on a called third strike and JaCoby Jones swinging to end the game.

Video: MIN@DET: Hildenberger fans Jones and gets the save

SOUND SMART
With three strikeouts Saturday, Liriano has amassed 1,718 career strikeouts, two shy of tying Ubaldo Jimenez for sixth-most by a Dominican-born pitcher. Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez tops the list at 3,154.

YOU GOTTA SEE THIS
The Tigers had a surprise guest throw out the ceremonial first pitch when Victor Jose Martinez took the mound to throw to his father, Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez. The younger Martinez threw a strike, then met his dad between the mound and home plate for a big hug.

Tweet from @tigers: Un momento especial entre Padre e Hijo. pic.twitter.com/DRcc1ywmR5

VICTOR HIGHLIGHT PART II
Left fielder Victor Reyes found himself on the other side of the wall during the first at-bat of the game. Chasing down a fly ball during Joe Mauer's leadoff at-bat, Reyes flipped over the wall and got caught in the protective netting but suffered no ill effects. He finished the game and went 1-for-4.

Video: MIN@DET: Reyes caught in the netting in left field

HE SAID IT
"It says that we need to score a couple more runs a game." -- Gardenhire, when asked about the Tigers' 59 games this season decided by two runs or less

MITEL REPLAY OF THE DAY
The Tigers tried to spark their offense with a double steal in the fourth inning and thought they had it when Goodrum seemingly slid in ahead of Sano's tag. After a Twins challenge, however, a review overturned the call, turning what would've been runners at second and third with one out into a runner on second and two outs. Gibson retired McCann on the next pitch to end the threat.

Video: MIN@DET: Twins challenge tag at third in the 4th

"They challenged it," said Gardenhire, who avoided a question about his surprise at the overturn. "Ron says nothing. I'm not getting in trouble anymore."

UP NEXT
After the Tigers retire Jack Morris' No. 47 at Comerica Park on Sunday, they'll send Matthew Boyd (6-10, 4.33 ERA) to the mound for the finale of their three-game series against the Twins. Kohl Stewart starts for the Twins in his Major League debut. Pregame ceremonies for Morris begin around 12:30 p.m. ET, with first pitch scheduled for 1:10.

Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and Facebook.

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Norris back on hill, makes first rehab appearance

Hicks to visit specialist; Fulmer on track for rehab assignment
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DETROIT -- The Tigers aren't sure yet whether Daniel Norris will make it back to the mound at Comerica Park again this season after surgery on his groin in early May. But the young left-hander is at least pitching again, starting a Minor League rehab assignment that puts him on schedule for a potential September callup.

Norris threw two innings Saturday morning in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League at Tigertown, allowing an unearned run on one hit with a walk and two strikeouts. His fastball sat around 90-91 mph, according to manager Ron Gardenhire.

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DETROIT -- The Tigers aren't sure yet whether Daniel Norris will make it back to the mound at Comerica Park again this season after surgery on his groin in early May. But the young left-hander is at least pitching again, starting a Minor League rehab assignment that puts him on schedule for a potential September callup.

Norris threw two innings Saturday morning in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League at Tigertown, allowing an unearned run on one hit with a walk and two strikeouts. His fastball sat around 90-91 mph, according to manager Ron Gardenhire.

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The appearance marked Norris' first game action since April 29, when he left his start at Baltimore in the third inning with left groin tightness. A few days later, he underwent surgery to correct the issue once and for all, having dealt with groin and core muscle issues for the past few years.

Video: DET@BAL: Norris leaves game in the 3rd with injury

Since then, Norris' rehab process has had its share of stops and starts as he works through lingering tightness and scar tissue. He felt "a little tight" at one point in his outing Saturday, Gardenhire said, but worked through it.

"It's just part of the process," Gardenhire said. "He has to get stretched out innings-wise, get away from Lakeland and see how his legs do. It's progress."

Norris can spend up to 20 days on rehab assignment, which would end just before rosters can expand Sept. 1. But the Tigers want to make sure he's feeling good and can throw pain-free at full effort before bringing him back to pitch.

"That's going to be up to the club if they want to do something like that," Gardenhire said. "It all depends on how he goes through the rehab."

It's a tricky balance the Tigers are trying to strike. Gardenhire doesn't want to bring Norris back to Detroit just to get a token appearance before season's end. At the same time, he and the Tigers need Norris to go into the offseason feeling confident about his health and his ability to pitch before heading into next Spring Training competing for a role with the club.

Hicks to see specialist about groin injury

Speaking of groin injuries, catcher/first baseman John Hicks will visit the same specialist who operated on Norris. The appointment with Dr. William Meyers is scheduled for next Wednesday at Meyers' office in Philadelphia, where Hicks will undergo a second MRI exam on his right groin strain.

"The initial MRI just showed a sprained groin," Hicks said. "He wanted to see me and take another MRI just to kind of see it a little better. This is his area of expertise."

Meyers is one of the top specialists in the country in the core muscle area. He also operated on Miguel Cabrera and former Tiger Justin Verlander in previous years. The fact that Hicks is taking the trip and getting another MRI, rather than just having another MRI locally and sending over the results, suggests at least some level of concern, even if just as a precaution. But if it is something worse, Hicks said he wants to get it fixed as soon as possible so it doesn't cost him time next season.

Hicks said he had been playing through discomfort since before the All-Star break, wincing while running hard to first base Monday night.

Fulmer nearing rehab assignment

Michael Fulmer, currently on the 10-day DL with a left oblique strain, threw a 50-pitch bullpen session Saturday morning as he draws closer to a rehab assignment.

Video: MIN@DET: Fulmer tosses 7 innings of 1-run ball

"Everything has been fine. He hasn't felt anything," Gardenhire said. "He's already trying to change his program, which we knew he would do. He's texting [pitching coach Rick Anderson], he's texting the trainers. We're just trying to back him off. Everything's going just like we want it to, and we'll just try to keep going."

Quick hits

• The Tigers put Jack Morris' Hall of Fame plaque on display in the team's clubhouse for players to admire and examine. The team will hold a special pregame ceremony Sunday for Morris, when his number 47 will be formally retired. Former teammates Lance Parrish and Dan Petry will speak about Morris as part of the ceremony.

• Triple-A Toledo athletic trainer Chris McDonald and Class A Connecticut trainer Sean McFarland have been named the athletic trainers of the year for the International League and NY-Penn League, respectively, by the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society.

Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and Facebook.

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Reyes gets caught in netting pursuing popup

The protective netting installed in ballparks around MLB has definitely affected some on-the-field moments since it was introduced.

Look no further than Comerica Park, where left fielder Victor Reyes found out firsthand what it's like to experience the netting up close and personal during Saturday's game with the Twins

Goodrum, Iglesias crank HRs to pace Tigers

Zimmermann picks up win, allows 2 unearned runs in 6 1/3 innings
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DETROIT -- Maybe Friday was karma smiling on the Tigers for all the hard-luck outs on their West Coast trip. Maybe it was Niko Goodrum providing another reminder for the team that let him go at the end of last season. Maybe it was just the Tigers playing well back home at Comerica Park, where they still own a winning record.

Whatever it is, after eight runs on their just-finished six-game road trip, they'll take the 5-3 win over the Twins, who outhit the Tigers by a wide margin but didn't get the ball over the fence.

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DETROIT -- Maybe Friday was karma smiling on the Tigers for all the hard-luck outs on their West Coast trip. Maybe it was Niko Goodrum providing another reminder for the team that let him go at the end of last season. Maybe it was just the Tigers playing well back home at Comerica Park, where they still own a winning record.

Whatever it is, after eight runs on their just-finished six-game road trip, they'll take the 5-3 win over the Twins, who outhit the Tigers by a wide margin but didn't get the ball over the fence.

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It's the first time the Tigers have scored five runs or more with three hits or less in nearly a decade, and the first time that they won a game that way since Brandon Inge and Marcus Thames homered to beat the Blue Jays in Toronto on June 10, 2006. And to the Tigers, considering their West Coast nightmare, it was about time.

"To hit the ball hard and get rewarded for it is always good," said Goodrum, who hit one of a pair of two-run homers to power Detroit's offense Friday and haunt his former team once more.

Goodrum pays tribute on Players' Weekend

Though the Twins more than tripled the Tigers' hit total, 10-3, the combination of Ervin Santana walks and home runs made the hits count, sending Santana to his first loss at Comerica Park since 2012. He had been unbeaten in six visits since then.

The last time Santana lost in Detroit, Goodrum was in Rookie ball in the Twins' farm system. Minnesota used a second-round pick on him out of high school in 2010, then progressed him up the developmental ladder, ultimately leading to his Major League debut at Target Field last September. After 11 Major League games and 18 plate appearances, the Twins let him go, dropping him from their 40-man roster at season's end and making him a Minor League free agent.

He has had his ups and downs in Detroit since making the Opening Day roster, but he has carved out an everyday role.

"I have nothing towards the Twins," Goodrum insisted. "They drafted me, gave me my opportunity to play in the big leagues, so I'm thankful for that. So now it's just another opponent in the dugout. There's nothing more than that, just me going out there and playing another game."

Goodrum was just looking to clear his head after the road trip; he entered the night hitting 8-for-57 (.140) over his last 15 games. He went swinging at a 3-0 pitch and drove a ball to the foot of the center-field wall in the second inning, where Jake Cave ran it down and crashed into the padding to convert a 419-foot out.

Video: MIN@DET: Cave runs 107 feet for outstanding catch

By contrast, Goodrum's fourth-inning loft traveled just a projected 375 feet, per Statcast™, but toward the right-field seats for a two-out drive that broke a 1-1 tie with his 11th homer of the season.

"He's not missing mistakes," Twins manager Paul Molitor said. "We've attacked him at times pretty well. I don't know if he's extra motivated or what against us, but he's had a lot of big hits in the games that we've played him thus far."