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MLB: Game One-Minnesota Twins at Detroit Tigers Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

If it’s possible to jinx a game any harder, I’d love to see it.

After detailing Boyd’s miserable season and Dobnak’s take-no-prisoners ascension through the ranks, the two decided to swap bodies for a day. Randy Dobnak got smacked around for four innings, and Matthew Boyd turned in his best start of 2020.

It just wasn’t Dobnak’s day. The Tigers tagged him for 12 hits through 4.1 innings, and added six earned runs to his previously sparkling ledger. (His new mark of 3.12 isn’t all that bad, either - but both those numbers were career-highs.) It was a combo platter of unfortunate results: Randy allowed 12 hard-hit outcomes to the Detroit lineup, who also cashed in multiple singles with xBAs under the .100 mark.

Boyd gave up his share of solid contact, but was able to limit the damage. With a half-dozen strikeouts on his side, he made his way through six full innings without much in the way of mistakes. The Twins got their first run without recording a hit, and a Nelson Cruz homer — a significant drive to straightaway center field — was Minnesota’s only other tally.

Detroit scored in each inning but the first. Christin Stewart and Jorge Bonifacio each had a pair of RBI, and leadoff man Victor Reyes went 4-for-4 without reaching home. All nine Tigers - plus a pinch-hitter, to boot - had a hit today.

Notably, Miguel Cabrera became the 16th player in MLB history to reach the top 50 in hits, homers, and RBI. He now has 2,839 career hits - as many as lifelong Tiger and Hall of Fame second sacker Charlie Gehringer.

Lewis Thorpe wore it again today, as he’s getting accustomed to doing. His contribution means that the rest of the bullpen was spared for the “nightcap” - though, as a straight doubleheader, the sun will still be up for it.

STUDS:

DH Nelson Cruz (1-for-3, HR)

DUDS:

SP Randy Dobnak (4.1 IP, 12 H, 6 ER, 2 BB, K)

1B Miguel Sano (0-for-3, 2 K)

ROBOT ROLL CALL: