Johnson City native Daniel Norris strikes out 11, Tigers beat Twins

Daniel Norris
FILE- In this Sept. 29, 2015, file photo, Detroit Tigers pitcher Daniel Norris (44) throws to the Texas Rangers in the first inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas. Norris said he kept pitching last season after finding out he had a cancerous growth on his thyroid. In a message on Twitter and Instagram on Monday, Oct. 19, the 22-year-old Norris said he found out the growth was malignant but was told by a doctor that he could wait until the end of the season to have it removed. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)

DETROIT — Daniel Norris struck out a career-high 11 batters and the Detroit Tigers scored twice on dramatic plays at the plate in a 4-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins Monday night at Comerica Park.

The Tigers (77-66) gained on the Baltimore Orioles, who they now trail by only one game in the American League wild card race.

Norris gave up two solo home runs but otherwise kept the Twins waving at his fastballs. He was strong throughout the night, peaking at 96.2 mph on his 94th pitch.

The Tigers struggled to score against Twins starter Ervin Santana, but used aggressive base running to plate two in the seventh.

Andrew Romine walked and came all the way around to score on a Jose Iglesias double down the left-field line.

The throw beat Romine, but guided by Ian Kinsler, he slid to the inside part of the plate and narrowly beat the tag.

In the next at-bat, Kinsler hit a medium-depth fly ball to center field and Iglesias decided to test Twins center fielder Byron Buxton. Buxton made a great throw, but Iglesias used a head-first slide to get his hand in just before the tag.

The Tigers have now beaten the Twins 11 of 13 times this season. At 53-91, Minnesota has the worst record in baseball.

THREE STARS

* Daniel Norris — The Twins were swinging freely, and Norris took advantage of it by ringing up 11 batters in just six innings.

 

BY EVAN WOODBERRY

 

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