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Tigers post biggest blowout victory in 13 years

DETROIT (ESPN.com news services) -- The Detroit Tigers now have one thing in common
with their 1993 counterparts -- a 17-run victory.

They hope to add a second item to that list by becoming the
first Tigers team since that year to finish the season with a
winning record.

Carlos Guillen homered twice and drove in five runs, leading
Detroit to its biggest blowout in more than 13 years with an 18-1
rout of the Minnesota Twins on Saturday.

Magglio Ordonez and Curtis Granderson also connected for
Detroit, which outscored the Twins 27-1 in a span of less than 24
hours. The Tigers' 18 runs Saturday were their most since Aug. 8,
2001, when they got 13 in the ninth inning to win 19-6 at Texas.


The Brewers, Tigers and Yankees all scored 16 or more runs Saturday. The last time three teams scored 16 or more runs on the same day was on Sept. 15, 2000 -- Angels (16) at the Twins; A's (17) at the Devil Rays; Astros (16) versus the Pirates.

The last time Detroit won by 17 was a 20-3 victory over Seattle
on April 17, 1993.

"We're having fun right now," Craig Monroe said. "It has been
one of those things where everything goes right. It's great to do
this against a team like that."

Minnesota hadn't lost by 17 runs since a 17-0 defeat against the
Angels on April 23, 1980, when Kenny Landreaux broke up Bruce
Kison's no-hit bid with one out in the ninth.

"That was a very bad game," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said.
"We had a nice series in Kansas City, and now we've had two ugly
games in a row."

Gardenhire held a brief team meeting after the game, but
wouldn't comment on what he said.

"I hate this, because we aren't a sloppy team," he said. "But
that's how we've been playing."

Guillen had four RBI in Friday night's 9-0 win over the Twins,
giving him nine in less than 24 hours.

Justin Verlander (3-2) cruised to the easy win, allowing one run
and six hits in seven innings. The victory was the rookie's first
at Comerica Park in three career starts.

"It's nice to get all those runs -- it makes things a lot
easier," Verlander said. "It's just tough to keep your mind in
the game with that kind of lead."

Carlos Silva (1-4) continued his season-long struggles, giving
up nine runs and nine hits in just 2 2-3 innings. Silva has an
10.31 ERA, having allowed at least five runs in each of his five
starts.

Granderson, Ordonez, Guillen and Monroe each had three of
Detroit's 23 hits. Granderson also drove in three runs.

"He tried to come after us, but we were able to attack back and
hit the ball hard," Granderson said. "He kept getting the ball
up."

Minnesota put two runners on in the first, but Ivan Rodriguez
threw out Luis Castillo trying to steal third and the Twins were
never in the game again.

"The disappointing thing about this is that we're a good
fundamental team," Michael Cuddyer said. "We didn't play like
that today, though."

Guillen started the scoring with a three-run homer off Silva in
the first, and Granderson added a two-run shot in the second.

With one out in the third, Guillen hit his second homer of the
game, making it 7-0. Chris Shelton doubled and scored on Alexis
Gomez's single, and Granderson added an RBI double to give the
Tigers a nine-run lead after three innings.

It was 11-0 after Ordonez's homer and Monroe's run-scoring
double in the fourth. Castillo's RBI double got the Twins on the
scoreboard in the fifth, but Detroit added four more off Francisco
Liriano and Jesse Crain in the sixth.

Ordonez hit an RBI single, then scored on Liriano's third wild
pitch of the inning before Brandon Inge made it 15-1 with a two-run
double.

Detroit made it 17-1 in the seventh, scoring two runs on Juan
Castro's bases-loaded throwing error. Rodriguez added an RBI single
in the eighth.

Game notes
Ten Tigers had hits, including all nine starters, and nine
scored runs. ... The Tigers scored 24 runs April 5-6, beating
Kansas City 14-3 and 10-6. ... In Minnesota's last 13 games, Twins
starting pitchers are 1-8 with an 8.01 ERA. "I'm baffled,"
Gardenhire said. "I know we have good pitchers." ... Ordonez's
homer in the fourth was the 200th of his career. ... Guillen had
more RBI in 21 hours (nine) than he had in the season's first 22
games. ... Twins DH Ruben Sierra left in the eighth with a strained
left biceps. He appeared to get hurt while swinging at a pitch and
was scheduled to have an MRI. Mike Redmond entered with a 3-2 count
and struck out, which was credited to Sierra.