Detroit Tigers defeat Minnesota Twins, 11-6

DETROIT - Twins manager Ron Gardenhire played a hunch when he gave Luke Hughes his first major league start Wednesday.

Gardenhire knew Tigers starter Max Scherzer was a hard thrower and said, "Luke normally turns on a fastball pretty good."

Sure enough, Hughes stepped in for his first major league at-bat in the third inning, Scherzer challenged him with a fastball on a 2-2 count, and Hughes hit an opposite-field homer into the first row of the right field seats.


DETROIT - Denard Span said he caught the ball, umpire Paul Emmel said that wasn't the case, and Twins manager Ron Gardenhire couldn't get the umpires to change their minds.

The Twins had a one-run lead in the sixth inning when this controversial play happened Wednesday night, and they were still dwelling on it after their 11-6 loss to the Tigers at Comerica Park.

Whether the call was right or not, however, shouldn't obscure the bigger issue: Twins pitchers Scott Bake...