LaMarre in, Hughes out as Twins prepare for Tigers

Twins win series opener behind Berrios

May 22, 2018 - 5:32 am
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The Twins Tuesday recalled outfielder Ryan LaMarre from Class AAA Rochester after pitcher Phil Hughes was designated for assignment.  Hughes is still owed about $22 million dollars through next season, which will likely keep any team from picking him up.

Hughes started the season on the disabled list and made two starts and five relief appearances, posting a 6.45 earned run average with eight strikeouts and five walks in 12 innings.  

In 20 games this season with the Twins, LaMarre is batting .324 with three runs batted in. 

The move was made after Jose Berrios pitched the Twins to a 4-2 win Monday night over the Detroit Tigers at Target Field.

The righthander struck out nine batters in eight solid innings, allowing two runs on three hits to win for the third time in four starts.

If it wasn't for Nicholas Castellanos, Berrios would have had even better numbers.  Castellanos staked the Tigers to a 2-0 lead on a first-inning homer and a run-scoring single in the third.

Both hits came on first-pitch fastballs from Berrios (5-4).

"The homer, I thought it was as decent pitch, but a little up in the zone," said Twins catcher Mitch Garver. "That second at-bat, it was more middle of the plate than it needed to be. Really, (Berrios) did a good job bouncing back."

Max Kepler tied the score with a two-run double high off the right field wall in the fifth.  Kepler tried to score on a single by Eduardo Escobar but was ruled out at the plate after a video review reversed the original call.

The Twins finally broke through for the go-ahead run in the eighth on a bases-loaded walk to Logan Morrison, with Eddie Rosario later using a nifty stop-and-start move off third base to scamper home on a short fly ball to center.

"I remember one time, he wasn't being particularly aggressive on the bases, and we had a little talk about it," said Twins manager Paul Molitor. "He took it to heart. If it makes sense, and there's some way you can justify it, I'm going to support it for the most part." 

Fernando Rodney had a 1-2-3 ninth for his tenth save, with Rosario making a leaping catch at the wall on a driver by John Hicks to end the game.

"He's one of those don't blink players," said Molitor about Rosario. "He showed it with the bat, he showed it with his legs, and then he showed it with his defense."

Relief pitcher Daniel Stumpf (1-3) was tagged with the loss for the Tigers.

The game marked the first time Ron Gardenhire has managed against the Twins since his dismissal in 2014. He returned to Target Field last season as a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks coaching staff, and is in his first season as Tigers manager.

The middle game of the three-game set between the Twins and Tigers on Tuesday has Lance Lynn facing Detroit's Matthew Boyd.

Despite a 3-3 start to the current home stand, the Twins remain a game behind Cleveland in the AL Central. The Indians open a two-game series against the Cubs at Wrigley Field after having Monday off.

No team in the AL Central has a winning record.