By Dave Hart

Tigers 9, Twins 2 – The Tigers opened their three-game series against the Minnesota Twins with a victory on Friday night.

LSJ Logo incertMichael Fulmer pitched a win in his first career start for the Tigers, allowing two runs on seven hits while striking out four batters in five innings.

Detroit jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning and finished strong with three runs in the eighth and two in the ninth.

The Tigers were led by Nick Castellanos with a home run and three RBIs while Victor Martinez and Miguel Cabrera each hit solo home runs.

The Twins were led by Miguel Sano with a double and an RBI while Eduardo Escobar chipped in with a run batted in.Eye on the D

Detroit will look to pick up its fourth straight win with a victory over the Twins on Saturday afternoon.

Record: 12-10

3rd Place in AL Central Division (3 games behind Chicago)

1/2 game behind Boston for last playoff spot

Magic # to clinch a playoff spot: 143

Magic # to clinch an AL Central Division title: 146

Next Game: 04/30/2016 @ Minnesota Twins 2:10 p.m. @ Target Field

Hitting stats: Nick Castellanos HR (3) 3 RBI (14), Victor Martinez HR (5) 2 RBI (17), Miguel Cabrera HR (4) RBI (12), J.D. Martinez 2B (5) RBI (11), Bobby Wilson RBI (2), Anthony Gose RBI (6), Ian Kinsler SB (2).

Pitching stats: Michael Fulmer W (1-0) 5 IP 7 H 2 R 2 ER 1 BB 4 K.