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Guardado sets franchise record for saves in year

9/19/2002

DETROIT (AP) -- When Eddie Guardado first joined the Minnesota Twins in 1993, Rick Aguilera was one of the first players to help
Guardado adjust to life in the big leagues.

Guardado is fitting in fine now. He set a Twins record Wednesday
night with his 43rd save, preserving Minnesota's 2-0 victory over
the Detroit Tigers.

Guardado tied the record set by Jeff Reardon (1988) and Rick
Aguilera (1991) the previous night.

"Aggie was right there with me and he showed me the ropes and
what to expect in the big leagues,'' Guardado said.

"Everyday Eddie'' saved the victory for Joe Mays who allowed
three hits in six innings.

"I've been with Eddie for a long time,'' said Minnesota manager
Ron Gardenhire, a coach for the team from 1991 until last season.
"I saw him when he first came up as a kid. I liked his attitude. I
liked the way he has no fear. Just, 'Give me the ball.'''

Mays (4-7), a native of nearby Flint, struck out two and walked
one as he continued his dominance of the team from his home state.

The righthander is now 9-3 against the Tigers with a 2.24 ERA.
He's also 7-0 in his last nine starts against Detroit.

"I got lucky tonight,'' Mays said. "Just tried to sink the
ball.''
Mays missed three months because of inflammation in his right
elbow. In his first start after coming off the disabled list on
July 20, he beat Detroit 14-4.

"He's one of those pitchers who knows how to pitch,'' Detroit
first baseman Carlos Pena said. "He uses his stuff to his advantage and he makes the right pitch.''

Steve Sparks (8-16) allowed two runs on eight hits in eight
innings.

Minnesota scored in the first inning on Matthew LeCroy's RBI
single and on Luis Rivas' RBI double in the eighth.

The Tigers' best chance to score came when Pena walked and
Robert Fick singled to lead off the seventh, but Hiram Bocachica
fouled out to first attempting to bunt and Eric Munson and Chris
Truby both struck out.

Detroit loaded the bases with two outs in the eighth, but Fick
ended the inning by popping to short.

Game notes
Pena stretched his hitting streak to a career-high 10
games ... LeCroy is 7-for-52, but was intentionally walked in the
eighth. ... Detroit's Brandon Inge is in a 1-for-28 slump.