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Tigers 3, Twins 2: Roamin’ Romine ruins everything

Damn you, Romine.

Detroit Tigersv Kansas City Royals
“Who do you think you are?? I AM!”
Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images

The Twins dropped a close one to the Tigers on Saturday night, outhitting Detroit but failing to bring runners in against Buck Farmer and the Motor City bullpen.

The Twins would jump out to an early lead, with Max Kepler taking a bases-loaded walk into the bottom of the 1st. Unfortunately, the bases would be left full — and the Tigers would pounce right back in the next inning, as Bryan Holaday grounded in Efren Navarro on a fielder’s choice.

The game cruised along to the 5th, when poor fielding set the Twins back a hair. Jeimer Candelario singled in JaCoby Jones, then rounded first to try to take an extra base on the throw. After failing to tag out Jones coming home, catcher Jason Castro misfired to second base, allowing Candelario to take third for himself.

Alex Presley then grounded to short, and Jorge Polanco threw home — but the throw never made it cleanly into Jason Castro’s glove, and Presley scored to make it a 3-1 Tigers lead.

The Twins threatened in the 7th inning. Ehire Adrianza laced a double off the glove of a diving JaCoby Jones, and ran home on a Zack Granite single. Joe Mauer walked to put two men on, but Blaine Hardy entered and induced two flyouts to squelch the threat.

Meanwhile, Andrew Romine. Despite mixed feelings in the broadcast booth, Romine did what he (and skipper Brad Ausmus) set out to do, becoming the fifth player in major-league history to play all nine positions in the same ballgame. The order went as follows: left field, center field, right field, third base, shortstop, second base, catcher, second base again (he wasn’t a very good catcher), pitcher, and first base.

This tour of the diamond included a shaky 7th at catcher (a passed ball put the tying run in scoring position), as well as an appearance on the mound against Miguel Sano (he grounded out to third.) Romine ended his night at first base; Ausmus walked out to the mound holding a first baseman’s glove when he replaced Romine as the pitcher in the 8th.

With two gone in the top of the 9th, Glen Perkins entered for what may have been his final appearance as a Minnesota Twin — maybe his final appearance in the MLB. He got his man to pop out, then sat down in the dugout and covered his eyes with a towel in an emotional display.

Zack Granite fittingly grounded out to Andrew Romine, and the Tigers took the penultimate game of the 2017 season.

Tomorrow, the season concludes with a 2:10 first pitch. Be there or be square! (Or you can skip it and show up on Tuesday night instead. I don’t care. I’m not your mom.)


1B Joe Mauer (0-for-1, 1 R, 3 BB)

Glen Perkins and the Relief Corps (4.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 4 K)


RF Max Kepler (0-for-3, 3 K)

3B Eduardo Escobar (0-for-4, 3 LOB)

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