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Twins blanked by Fister in 8-0 loss to Tigers

Associated Press Published: September 22, 2012
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DETROIT (AP) — Samuel Deduno is known to be wild, so he tried to reign in his control against the Detroit Tigers.

It didn't work out very well.

Deduno matched a career high by giving up seven runs in his shortest start of the season and Detroit took advantage in an 8-0 win over the Minnesota Twins on Saturday.

"Everything I was throwing, they were hitting," Deduno said.

Miguel Cabrera hit his 42nd homer, putting him in Triple Crown position, and Doug Fister pitched his first career shutout to help the Tigers keep their hopes high in the AL Central race.

Detroit began the day 1 1-2 games behind the division-leading Chicago White Sox, who were scheduled to play later on the road against the Los Angeles Angels.

Deduno (6-5) allowed seven hits and three walks in just 2 1-3 innings, losing for the fifth time in seven outings.

"I'm worried a little bit, but I know I'm going to be OK," he said.

Cabrera's solo shot in the fourth inning tied him with Texas star Josh Hamilton for the most homers in the AL.

"Looked like a golf ball that he hit," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He's incredible."

Cabrera has a relatively comfortable league lead with a .332 batting average and 131 RBIs. Hamilton is sidelined for this weekend's series at Seattle because of a sinus condition that has caused blurred vision.

Carl Yastrzemski won the last Triple Crown in 1967. He took the batting and RBIs title, and tied Harmon Killebrew for the AL homer lead.

Austin Jackson hit a leadoff home run in the first inning and Delmon Young hit a three-run homer in a five-run third that gave Fister more than enough support.

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