Minnesota Twins defeat Detroit Tigers, 6-5

Twins outfielder Delmon Young has left the team to be with his ailing mother, and the club is preparing to have catcher Jose Morales replace him on the roster.

As the Twins left for New York following their 6-5 victory over Detroit on Thursday, Young left for California to join his family.

The Twins are waiting for approval from the league to officially place Young on the family medical emergency list (formerly the bereavement list). Players can be placed on the list...

Not many hours after he hit a game-winning grand slam in the 13th inning late Wednesday night, Joe Crede slunk groggily into the clubhouse to prepare for a Thursday matinée.

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire, cautious about overworking Crede's surgically repaired back, approached Crede at his locker and asked if he could play. Crede nodded and said something in his soft-as-sea-foam voice. Gardenhire laughed, walked away, and typed Crede's name into the lineup.

"His answer...

Detroit righthander Justin Verlander struck out three Twins in the first inning Thursday, throwing a 95-miles-per-hour fastball with movement and looking as unhittable as ever.

Yet, in that inning, the wheels began turning for the Twins, setting up their comeback from five runs down to beat Detroit 6-5 for a three-game series sweep.

Verlander faced four batters in the first, giving up a two-out single to Joe Mauer (who doesn't these days?). But he needed 23 pitches t...