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Rogers wins for fourth time; Thames hits fourth homer

DETROIT (AP) -- Kenny Rogers was happy to see Minnesota while the
Twins are struggling and Detroit is playing well.

Rogers and Todd Jones combined on a two-hitter and Vance Wilson
hit a three-run double to help the Tigers beat the Twins 6-0 on
Sunday.

Marcus Thames also hit a two-run homer for the Tigers, who
completed a three-game sweep of the Twins for the first time since
April 2002. Detroit outscored Minnesota 33-1 over the weekend.

"You can't forget Minnesota has been a great team for the last
few years," Rogers said. "We might have caught them at a good
time."

It also gave Detroit 16 wins in April, the most since 1993,
which was the last year it finished over .500. The Tigers also
finished April with five shutouts.

The Twins have lost eight of their last 10. The last time they
scored one run in a three-game series was June 5-7, 1981, in
Detroit, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

"It was a disappointing series," Minnesota manager Ron
Gardenhire said. "They just killed us."

Rogers (4-2) walked one and struck out four. He is 7-3 against
Minnesota since 1998.

"He led us with his fastball and kept us off balance with his
changeup," Twins designated hitter Rondell White said. "He did
what he had to do."

Rogers' only trouble came in the second when Joe Mauer walked to
lead off the inning and Torii Hunter followed with a single. But
Rogers rebounded to strike out Justin Morneau and second baseman
Placido Polanco made a nice play on White's grounder to get the
forceout at second.

He dove behind the base and flipped a blind throw over his
shoulder to shortstop Carlos Guillen.

"I saw the bag, I knew he (Guillen) was there somewhere,"
Polanco said. "At the same time, I didn't want to throw the ball
too hard."

Juan Castro then drove a pitch deep to right-center, but Magglio
Ordonez ran it down.

"Vintage pitching and defense today," Tigers manager Jim
Leyland said.

Kyle Lohse (1-2) got the loss for Minnesota, allowing six runs
and eight hits in 5 2-3 innings. He walked two, struck out one and
hit three batters.

"I threw like I needed to throw. I didn't think I made any bad
pitches," Lohse said. "One good hit for a homer and a couple of
hit batters and you look up and you're six runs down."

After a leadoff single by Craig Monroe in the fifth, Thames hit
Lohse's first pitch out to left-center for his fourth homer of the
season.

The Tigers put it away with four runs in the seventh on Wilson's
bases-loaded double and Polanco's RBI single.

Game notes
Minnesota placed DH Ruben Sierra on the 15-day disabled
list with a strained left biceps. To replace Sierra on the roster,
Minnesota recalled LHP Dennys Reyes from Triple-A Rochester. ...
Monroe went 2-for-4 to stretch his hitting streak to five games
(9-for-20).