By Dave Hart
Tigers 9, Twins 2 – The Tigers opened their three-game series against the Minnesota Twins with a victory on Friday night.
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.
Detroit will look to pick up its fourth straight win with a victory over the Twins on Saturday afternoon.
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.