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Tigers 5, Twins 2: Bats Silent as Fister Rolls, Hunter Hits 300th Career Home Run

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The Twins struggled as P.J. Walters was off his game and, once again, the offense struggled to get hits.

Hannah Foslien

P.J. Walters had trouble hitting his spots for most of the afternoon. It felt like whenever he was in the zone the ball was right down the middle, and if he wasn't in the zone then the batters weren't fooled enough to lift the bat off of their shoulders. Such is the way of the world when your favorite team is forced to start replacement-level talent.

We did get to see Torii Hunter hit the 300th home run of his remarkably long and accomplished career. Austin Jackson's two-run shot in the fourth gave the Tigers all the help they'd need. But the Tigers managed to tally nine hits off of Walters, and it probably could have been more. Even when he came out for the sixth, the out that Walters recorded was off of a line drive.

The Twins, meanwhile, couldn't return the favor. Brian Dozier collected a pair of hits on the afternoon, including his fourth homer, but the only other player to get on the board with a hit was Clete Thomas - who also made a rangey catch in center off of a deep fly from Prince Fielder. Hunter was only kept from a three-hit day by a diving catch from Chris Parmelee, who was 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.

Today's highlight, really, was Hunter's 300th homer. He hit his first against the Tigers in Detroit; his 300th came against the Twins in Minneapolis. Not a bad bookend.

Studs

Brian Dozier
Anthony Swarzak
Clete Thomas

Duds

P.J. Walters
Chris Parmelee
Brian Duensing
Josh Roenicke