Minnesota Twins defeat Detroit Tigers, 3-2

DETROIT -- After 10 hours at Comerica Park and 19 innings of piano-wire-taut baseball on Tuesday, the Twins could look back at their doubleheader with the Tigers and realize that what seemed like the most innocuous move of the day kept them alive another day.

The Tigers won the nightcap behind ace Justin Verlander 6-5. As the Twins grinded through the first game, they knew Verlander awaited; they knew losing the opener would leave them on the brink of elimination.


DETROIT - The biggest start of Carl Pavano's season comes tonight against Detroit, a team he has dominated all season. He also has had discussions about his next assignment.

Pavano, who is 4-0 with a 1.69 ERA in five starts against the Tigers this year, said he has talked to pitching coach Rick Anderson about returning to pitch Sunday against Kansas City on three day's rest.

"I'd be all for it," Pavano said. "That's going to be a do-or-die situation, so that's defini...