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|Ron Gardenhire didn’t mind getting a beer shower from his players Wednesday night.
He just didn’t know why it was happening.
”They ambushed me http://www.packerscheapstore.com/rashan-gary-jersey-cheap , and they really got me,” he said after his Detroit Tigers beat the Minnesota Twins 5-2. ”I wasn’t expecting it, and now I’m dripping all over the place.”
While Gardenhire didn’t realize he had just won his 1,100th game as a manager, someone – he suspects bench coach Steve Liddle – tipped off James McCann. McCann rounded up his teammates and raided the cooler.
”We soaked him,” Tigers third baseman Nicholas Castellanos said. ”He didn’t know what hit him.”
The milestone had a little extra meaning for Gardenhire because it came against the Twins, the team he managed from 2002-14.
”I have this big D on my chest now, and it was the Tigers who won this one, but an awful lot of them came with the team on the other side of the diamond tonight,” he said.
For most of the night, it appeared the Tigers weren’t going to get the win. Playing for the first time since Miguel Cabrera’s season-ending biceps injury, they stranded eight batters in the first seven innings and trailed 2-1.
The Twins then failed to add an insurance run in the eighth, stranding Eduardo Escobar after a one-out triple, and it came back to haunt them.
With one out in the bottom of the inning, John Hicks Darnell Savage Jr. Jersey , Niko Goodrum and Grayson Greiner hit consecutive singles off Addison Reed (1-5) to tie the game. Jose Iglesias popped out, but Victor Reyes grounded an RBI single to left.
”I had everyone where I wanted them – 0-1 or 0-2 – but I wasn’t finishing the job,” Reed said. ”Jose (Berrios) threw a hell of a game, and I let him down. That’s the worst part of this.”
Reyes, a Rule 5 pick, started the night hitting .196 with four RBIs in 30 games. Used mainly as a pinch runner, he has only accumulated 50 plate appearances.
”We were going to be thrilled no matter who got the hit, but everyone feels great for Victor,” Hicks said. ”He’s in a really tough situation because he doesn’t get many at-bats, but he never complains and works harder than anyone. There are nights where he’s getting swings in during the game.”
Leonys Martin followed with an RBI single and Reyes scored on right fielder Robbie Grossman’s throwing error to make it 5-2.
”I didn’t contribute anything and Miggy can’t help us right now, but we still won the game,” Castellanos said. ”That’s how you can tell this team is good. Every guy in this room is picking up the slack.”
Joe Jimenez (3-0) got the win with a scoreless eighth. Shane Greene, Detroit’s fifth pitcher, threw a perfect ninth for his 16th save.
Berrios allowed one run on seven hits and a walk in six innings. Detroit’s Matthew Boyd gave up two runs on three hits and two walks in five innings.
The Twins scored twice before Detroit recorded an out in the first inning. Boyd hit Brian Dozier, Eddie Rosario doubled and Escobar hit a two-run single.
The Twins http://www.packerscheapstore.com/elgton-jenkins-jersey-cheap , though, only got two more hits in the game.
”When it’s 2-0 that fast, I can’t afford to get mad at myself,” Boyd said. ”I’ve just got to get the next guy out and start posting zeroes.”
Goodrum made it 2-1 with a second-inning homer off Berrios, his friend from their minor league days in the Twins system.
”It’s just part of the game,” Berrios said. ”We’re still friends, but now we’re competing. He got me that time.”
Like Boyd, though, Berrios settled in to keep Detroit off the board for the rest of his outing. The Tigers had runners on second and third with one out in the third before he struck out Castellanos and Jeimer Candelario.
Dozier appeared to make a spectacular play with one out in the fifth, using his glove to scoop Reyes’ drag bunt to Logan Morrison at first. The Tigers, though, challenged the call and it was overturned after a lengthy review. Martin followed with an infield single, and after Castellanos struck out, Berrios hit Candelario to load the bases.
Victor Martinez fell behind 0-2 and grounded out to end the inning with the Twins still up 2-1.
The Tigers missed another opportunity in the sixth. Hicks started the inning with a single and took third on Goodrum’s ground-rule double, but Berrios struck out Greiner and Iglesias before retiring Reyes.
”In a situation like that Jace Sternberger Jersey , you just hope that someone is eventually going to get the big hit,” Gardenhire said. ”It took a while, but they finally came through.”
Twins: OF Byron Buxton (toe) took batting practice on Wednesday, while Joe Mauer (neck and head) played for Triple-A Rochester on his rehab assignment.
Tigers: With McCann still sidelined by the flu and Hicks moving to first base in the wake of Cabrera’s injury, Greiner was the starting catcher. McCann was feeling well enough to warm up pitchers between innings and could be back on Thursday.
The teams finish their three-game series on Thursday afternoon, with Minnesota’s Lance Lynn (4-4, 5.0 facing Detroit’s Michael Fulmer (2-5, 4.40).
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Defensive tackle Chris Jones chose to skip the beginning of the Kansas City Chiefs‘ mandatory three-day minicamp Tuesday, the latest step in the growing discord over his looming contract situation.Jones is hoping to parlay the finest season of his career into a massive payday as he enters the final year of his rookie contract. But with negotiations seemingly going nowhere, the affable 24-year-old defensive tackle opted against participating in the Chiefs’ voluntary workouts.Now that they are mandatory, Jones is risking a fine for being absent this week.Chiefs coach Andy Reid is only planning to speak with reporters on Thursday, when the minicamp wraps up. But his viewpoint is unlikely to have changed from a couple weeks ago, when he said: “We just go. If you’re here, you get better. If you’re not http://www.packerscheapstore.com/dexter-williams-jersey-cheap , you don’t.”It’s hard to imagine Jones being a whole lot better than last season.He appeared in all 16 games and had career highs in just about every meaningful category: 40 total tackles, 29 quarterback hits, 19 tackles for loss and a whopping 15 1/2 sacks.That last number was the most important for a team that desperately needed any pressure it could generate on the quarterback. The Chiefs had arguably the league’s best offense, anchored by quarterback Patrick Mahomes, but they also had perhaps the league’s worst defense.It was that unit that failed so miserably in the playoffs, when the Chiefs were unable to stop Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in their overtime loss in the AFC championship game.The Chiefs made major moves to address the defense this offseason, firing coordinator Bob Sutton and hiring Steve Spagnuolo as his replacement. They also jettisoned longtime stalwarts such as Eric Berry and Justin Houston, brought in big names Frank Clark and Tyrann Mathieu, and began the difficult task of changing from a 3-4 system to a 4-3 defensive set.And while Jones’ unique set of abilities should allow him to flourish no matter the system, there is still a learning curve that takes place, and participating in the offseason would be helpful.“We don’t really talk about it,” said Chiefs cornerback Kendall Fuller, when asked about Jones’ absence. “We just focus on our position groups. We mow our own lawn.”To be sure, the guys who showed up at minicamp Tuesday have enough to mow.The Chiefs have a handful of newcomers on offense, including wide receiver Mecole Hardman Josh Allen Jersey , their top draft pick. They also are working around missing wide receiver Tyreek Hill, suspended from all team activities while the NFL investigates his domestic violence situation.It is likely that Hill will miss at least part of the upcoming season.But the bulk of the pressure facing the Chiefs is centered on the defense. Clark and Mathieu are among a dozen newcomers who will be counted on to shore up the sieve-like unit this season, and minicamp is the last chance to work together before training camp in late July.“It’s a long process,” Spagnuolo said. “What I look for right now is building a foundation. I’ve talked extensively with the guys about that. It’s been all about building a foundation of fundamentals.“That goes to communication and to believing in the system,” he added. “I’ve talked extensively about mastering the things that take very little talent. It doesn’t take a lot of talent to communicate or to call out an under route or get aligned. Those little things we need to get taken care of, otherwise it creates holes and then we have problems. So I’m more focused on that.”The rest of the guys? Forgive them for letting their focus wander just a bit, especially given how close the Chiefs came to returning to the Super Bowl for the first time in nearly five decades.“We can be really good. If you’re talking about No. 1 in the league across all of the boards, I feel like that’s the potential we have,” Clark said. “This is a hard league, every game is hard. You think we are going to have the same things happen as last year? No, it’s going to be a little different. You want more success than just runner-up, but you just have to work. It’s a work atmosphere here. I’m just thankful to be a part of it.”