Tigers beat Twins, take over AL Central leadZumaya leaves game with arm injury
By: Dave Campbell, Associated Press
MINNEAPOLIS - Reliever Joel Zumaya's painful right arm injury marred Detroit's move into first place, after the Tigers used four first-inning runs against Francisco Liriano to beat the Minnesota Twins 7-5 on Monday night.
Brennan Boesch and Miguel Cabrera hit two-run doubles in the first off Liriano, who surrendered a season-high six runs in six-plus innings while the Tigers passed the Twins for a half-game lead in the AL Central.
That took the background to Zumaya's health, though, when the hard-throwing right-hander squirmed and winced around on the mound in obvious pain after throwing a pitch with one out in the eighth inning.
Zumaya missed large chunks of the last two seasons because of shoulder problems.
Jim Thome drove in two runs for the Twins with a home run and a triple. It was Thome's first triple since 2004. Thome now has 571 career home runs, two behind former Twin Harmon Killebrew, who is tenth on the all-time list.