Pitcher Matthew Boyd leads Detroit Tigers past Minnesota Twins on Hall of Famer Jack Morris Day
By DAVE HOGG
DETROIT — Matthew Boyd pitched well on Jack Morris Day, but he was still worried about disappointing one of his idols.
“I think he might be mad at me for only pitching six innings,” Boyd joked after the Detroit Tigers beat the Minnesota Twins 4-2 Sunday to win the series.
The game started 20 minutes late because of the ceremony to retire Morris’ No. 47 jersey. Morris and longtime teammate Alan Trammell were inducted into the Hall of Fame earlier this month.
“I think it was great for all of our players to be able to watch that ceremony,” Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said. “There was a lot of franchise history on that field.”
Boyd (7-10) won for the third time in four starts, giving up one run on two hits and a walk in six innings. He struck out three.
Boyd has talked to Morris several times for pitching advice, even though as a finesse lefty, he’s not much like the famed righty.
“The theme of every conversation we’ve had is competing,” Boyd said. “Compete on every pitch, don’t get pushed around or intimidated and give your team a chance to win.
“It was special to be able to go out there and pitch like that on his day,” he said.
Shane Greene pitched the ninth for his 25th save.
Kohl Stewart (0-1) took the loss in his major league debut, allowing three runs on eight hits and a walk in 4 1/3 innings. He started his career with four scoreless innings, but after he got the first out in the fifth, the next five batters reached base.
The Twins took a 1-0 lead in the second when Mitch Garver tripled over JaCoby Jones’ head in center field and scored on Johnny Field’s sacrifice fly.
Grayson Greiner, Victor Reyes and Jeimer Candelario hit three straight singles with one out in the fifth to tie the score.
Jose Iglesias beat out an infield single on the 10th pitch of his at-bat, loading the bases, and Niko Goodrum walked to give the Tigers the lead and end Stewart’s debut.