Minnesota Twins defeat Detroit Tigers, 10-4

The playoffs weren't on the line Monday.

Extra innings weren't needed. Brandon Inge didn't have to argue he was hit by a pitch.

It was Detroit's first visit to the Twin Cities since Game 163 last season. New stadium. Less drama. But the Tigers still lost as the Twins cruised to a 10-4 victory at Target Field.

The Twins erased all doubt in this one early, as they jumped out to a 7-0 lead after two innings and coasted behind seven innings from righthander Scott Baker, ...

Most major league teams carry seven relievers. Pittsburgh entered Monday with eight.

The Twins, after placing reliever Pat Neshek on the 15-day disabled list and calling up catcher Wilson Ramos, are expected to carry a six-man bullpen until catcher Joe Mauer recovers from a bruised left heel and Ramos is returned to the minors. It will be interesting to see how manager Ron Gardenhire runs his bullpen until then.

For instance, after coming off an extra-inning game Sat...