Minnesota Twins defeat Detroit Tigers, 4-3

Twins righththander Nick Blackburn's sinkerfest on Tuesday got him through the eighth inning with 85 pitches thrown.

Despite a one-run lead, he was sent out to pitch the ninth, and received a standing ovation from the Target Field crowd and he climbed the hill.

He ended up with his complete-game victory -- the hard way.

A solo homer by Brennan Boesch tied the game in the ninth. Moments later, J.J. Hardy capped a nutty ninth by scoring on a wild pitch, lifting the Twi...

Twins catcher Joe Mauer might have landed on the disabled list on Tuesday if he had received bad news following an exam of his bruised left heel. But a magnetic resonance imaging exam revealed a deep soft tissue bruise, not a bone bruise, which made everyone feel better.

A bone bruise takes longer to heal than a soft tissue bruise. While the Twins aren't sure when Mauer will be ready to play, they don't believe he will be out for an extended period of time.

"We neede...