Detroit Tigers defeat Minnesota Twins, 7-2

DETROIT - After toying with the Twins for six months, keeping an unrelenting grip on first place yet refusing to run away with the American League Central, the Tigers finally delivered a dagger Wednesday night at Comerica Park.

The moment restless Detroit fans have waited for all season came in the fifth inning, when Magglio Ordonez lined a three-run double off Twins starter Carl Pavano, stretching Detroit's lead to five runs in a game the Twins couldn't afford to lose....

DETROIT - Even during their inexplicably successful September, every Twins victory has felt like a miracle, every loss an imposition of reality, like a scientist telling your kids that cars really don't turn into robots as you buy tickets to "Transformers.''

Wednesday night, Carl Pavano tried to continue his transformation from second-division journeyman to pennant-race ace in the Twins' latest biggest game of the season.

If his pitches had stayed as low during the g...