So when he stepped to the plate in the 10th inning Friday night
with the winning run on third base, he was "going on pure
adrenaline. I was running out of gas fast."
He had just enough left.
Tyner's RBI single lifted the Twins to a 3-2 victory over the
Torii Hunter got things going in the 10th with a one-out single
off Edward Mujica (0-1). He advanced to third on a single by Jason
Kubel, and Tyner followed with a rope to right field that scored
Hunter, who had three hits in the game.
Tyner, who was just recalled from Triple-A Rochester the night
before to replace the injured Lew Ford, had two hits and two RBI
and got a big bear hug from teammate Justin Morneau before he
reached the pitcher's mound after the winning hit.
"It's a great way to start," said Tyner, who was seeing his
first action with the Twins since signing as a free agent after the
Now, maybe, he can get some sleep.
On Wednesday, Tyner was in Toledo, Ohio, for a minor league
All-Star game. In typical minor league fashion, his flight to meet
his teammates for Thursday night's double-header in Ottawa took him
from Toledo to Cleveland to Washington D.C. before finally crossing
the Canadian border.
Tyner couldn't play in those games because the airline lost his
luggage, and all his equipment. But none of that mattered 24 hours
later, when he was mobbed by his major league teammates.
"Pretty impressive," Twins starter Brad Radke said.
Joe Nathan (6-0) pitched a perfect 10th for the win.
Jason Michaels homered for the Indians, who had a rare off night
"Both sides were outstanding on the mound tonight," Cleveland
manager Eric Wedge said. "We just weren't able to get anything
going with the exception of Michaels hitting that home run."
Tyner gave the Twins a 1-0 lead in the second with a single up
the middle off Paul Byrd to drive in Morneau.
The Twins added another run in the fifth when Castillo hit a
two-out triple and Nick Punto followed with a bloop double.
Radke was coming off an awful start against Kansas City. He gave
up three runs and 11 hits in five innings of a no-decision against
the lowly Royals. Shortly after, Radke revealed he had been having
discomfort in his throwing shoulder since May, and he took a
cortisone shot over the All-Star break.
Pitching for the first time in nine days, he seemed rejuvenated
on Friday night, and the Twins certainly needed him.
"Radke, for us, was super," said manager Ron Gardenhire, who
was ejected in the seventh inning along with Punto after Punto was
called out trying to steal third base. "I guess all the concerns
about how he was going to do ... those are out the window."
Radke's pitches were lively, and his trademark changeup was as
good as ever. He retired 10 straight from the end of the second
through the fifth inning, but the Indians finally got to him in the
Radke walked No. 9 hitter Joe Inglett and Michaels followed one
batter later with his seventh homer of the season to tie the score
But Radke was able to keep the high-powered Indians at bay, one
night after they bashed three home runs off rookie Francisco
Liriano in a 6-4 win.
"It was nice to have rest, a little break," Radke said. "I
have to come out strong for the second half. We're going to need a
great second half to catch up."
The Indians entered the night second in the major leagues in
runs, but Radke held them to two and four hits and struck out six
in seven innings. Cleveland fell to 19½ games behind Detroit in the
"It's been an unusual year for the team," Byrd said. "I wish
I could put my finger on it. It's just, the wins seem to somehow
Indians C Victor Martinez fouled a pitch off his right leg
in the fourth inning and was examined by team trainers. He remained
in the game and went 0-for-4, ending his hitting streak at 14
games. ... Indians DH Travis Hafner's single in the ninth extended
his hitting streak to a career-high nine games. ... The Twins
assigned LHP Dave Gassner to a rehab assignment with their Gulf
Coast League affiliate. He has missed the entire season after
straining his left elbow in spring training.