MINNEAPOLIS, MN (Detroit Free press) -- It was déjà vu all over again for the Detroit Tigers.
For the second consecutive day, manager Brad Ausmus had to pull his starting pitcher in the bottom of the second inning, trailing 6-1. This time, it was Buck Farmer, not Robbie Ray, who couldn't eat up precious innings for Detroit.
This time, it resulted in a 12-4 loss, rather than 20-6 like Friday, at Target Field. But these days, with the Kansas City Royals building upon their AL Central lead, losses are the last thing the Tigers need, especially against last-place division foes.
Farmer's final line in his second major-league start: 11⁄3 innings, seven runs, five hits, two walks, three strikeouts. Earlier this week, in a Triple-A Toledo start, he surrendered seven earned runs in just 1⁄3 of an inning.
Pat McCoy relieved Farmer and went one inning before lefty Kyle Lobstein, called up along with McCoy in place of Ray and Ian Krol, who also got shelled Friday night, finished the afternoon with 52⁄3 innings, three runs on four hits and four walks.
The Twins have now scored 32 runs in the past two games of this 4-game series with Detroit. The Tigers drop to 68-59 with another game tonight. Justin Verlander, who's coming off a skipped start because of shoulder inflammation, will return at 8 tonight.
The Tigers' offense this afternoon consisted of a Nick Castellanos RBI double, an Ian Kinsler RBI single, an Ezequiel Carrera RBI single and a Miguel Cabrera RBI single. The latter three came in the fifth inning after the Twins had already built a 9-1 lead.