Twins pound Tigers again

By NOAH TRISTER AP Baseball Writer DETROIT — Minnesota’s postseason hopes may depend on how often the Twins can beat a rebuilding Detroit team. So far, they’ve had a pretty easy time of it this week. Max Kepler and Brian Dozier homered, Byron Buxton had three hits and the playoff-chasing Twins beat the Tigers 7-3 on Friday night. Minnesota has taken the first two games of this four-game set, and the Twins finish the regular season next week with three more against Detroit. “We know that we’re in for a fight. These guys have played us tough the last few years,” Minnesota manager Paul Molitor said. “They’ve semi-dominated us in some regards. Obviously, there’s a lot on the line.” The Detroit team of the past few years looked nothing like the Tigers do now. They’re 4-18 in September, and they announced before Friday’s game that manager Brad Ausmus will not be back in 2018. Kyle Gibson (12-10) allowed three runs and five hits in seven innings for the Twins. He struck out six and walked two. Daniel Norris (4-8) allowed five runs and seven hits in 4 2/3 innings. Nicholas Castellanos and Kinsler homered for Detroit. The Twins trailed 2-1 when Buxton came up with men on first and second and one out in the fourth. His line drive looked catchable, but it slipped past third baseman Jeimer Candelario and down the line for a double, scoring both runners. Buxton later came home on a single by Kepler.