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MINNEAPOLIS -- Miguel Cabrera has been just what the Detroit Tigers expect in the middle of the order. Wholesale Shoes Ireland Free Shipping . Justin Upton is getting back to the player they hoped would deepen their lineup.Cabrera had four hits, including his 28th home run, and Upton added a three-run homer as Detroit beat the Minnesota Twins 9-4 on Wednesday night.Cabrera had his fifth four-hit game of the season and was a triple shy of the cycle. He opened the scoring with a deep blast to straightaway center field in the first inning.Upton had two hits for the fourth straight game after he didnt start for three games in a row as Tigers manager Brad Ausmus gave the struggling outfielder a break.It lengthens the lineup, Ausmus said of Upton. Hes got power, as you saw tonight. He can hit the ball as far as anyone in the lineup, so its good to see him swing the bat. We want to keep him rolling.Matt Boyd (5-2) tied his career-high with seven strikeouts in six innings to win his fifth straight decision. Since being recalled to start on July 9, Boyd is 5-0 with a 2.39 ERA.Upton was in the midst of a 1-for-30 stretch and had seen his average dip to .226 when Ausmus backed off him. Upton is 8 for 16 the past four games, and has three three-run home runs in that span after going 17 straight games without a homer.Sometimes thats needed, Upton said. A mental break and back at it now.With Upton back contributing, Detroit has scored 27 runs in the past three games.Cabrera doubled deep off the right field wall for an RBI to start a five-run third. J.D. Martinez extended his AL-leading hitting streak to 14 games with an RBI single that scored Cabrera. Upton followed with a hard-hit liner off the facing of the second deck in left field for his 16th home run.Cabrera was awarded a single following a review in the fifth when he hit a ball that was originally ruled foul down the left field line. He added a double in the ninth.Man, Ive been watching that all year, on ESPN for a long time, so its no surprise, Upton said of Cabrera. But its fun. Its fun to watch.Brian Dozier hit his career-high 30th homer for Minnesota, but starter Tyler Duffey (8-10) allowed six runs in three innings as the Twins lost their sixth straight.Dozier became the first Twin since Josh Willingham in 2012 to reach the 30-homer plateau, and he leads the majors with 22 home runs since June 25.I dont know if a lot of people projected him to be a 30-home run guy anywhere along the way in his development, Minnesota manager Paul Molitor said. But its been incredible to watch him put together a season especially after his slow start.PARKING ITA tough first season for Byung Ho Park in North America came to a frustrating early finish.Park, who has been in the minor leagues since late June, will undergo right wrist surgery on Thursday. Park, 30, had been dealing with an injured wrist through much of the season and it recently has worsened. The injury is to a tendon in the back of his hand, Molitor said.Park, a two-time MVP in the Korean Baseball Organization, hit .191 with 12 home runs and 24 RBI in 62 games for the Twins after signing a four-year, $12 million contract in December.TRAINERS ROOMTigers: RHP Jordan Zimmermann (re-aggravation of a neck injury) threw in the bullpen before Wednesdays game and will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Toledo on Friday. He is scheduled to make three rehab starts before returning to the rotation. Zimmermann had returned from a previous injury on Aug. 4 only to be shut down again. ... RHP Mike Pelfrey (lower back strain) threw a 50-pitch simulated game on Wednesday.Twins: LHP Hector Santiago will have his next turn in the rotation delayed because of a bruised thumb on his left hand. Santiago is 0-4 with a 10.89 ERA in four starts with Minnesota after being acquired at the trade deadline from the Los Angeles Angels for Ricky Nolasco. LHP Pat Dean will take Santiagos spot and start Friday at Toronto.UP NEXTThe series concludes with LHP Daniel Norris (1-2, 3.81) taking the mound for Detroit against RHP Jose Berrios (2-3, 9.28). Norris has made three starts since coming off the DL with a strained right oblique, losing to Boston in his last start. Berrios has allowed at least four runs in each of his last three starts, surrendering 14 earned runs in 11 innings. Shoes Ireland Outlet . -- Timbers coach Caleb Porter didnt stray from his business-like approach to the season even after Portland downed the two-time defending league champion Los Angeles Galaxy to gain crucial playoff position. Discount Shoes Ireland .C. United of Major League Soccer. United chose the defender in the second round of the 2013 MLS re-entry draft. http://www.shoesoutletireland.com/ . "It doesnt get any better than that," Giambi said. "Im speechless." The Indians are roaring toward October. Giambi belted a two-run, pinch-hit homer with two outs in the ninth inning to give Cleveland a shocking 5-4 win over the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night, keeping the Indians up with the lead pack in the AL wild-card race.PITTSBURGH -- A classic sinkerballer, Charlie Morton has gotten out of countless jams by inducing a ground ball. On Wednesday, one turned his entire outing around. Morton shook off a shaky beginning to retire his final 11 batters over seven strong innings and the Pittsburgh Pirates maintained the best record in the majors with a 4-2 victory over the Miami Marlins. Morton (4-3) beat Miami for the second time in an 11-day span despite allowing six hits over his first three-plus innings. "Hes got pitches to get outs and to get on a roll," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. "Weve seen it in the past. The challenge in front of Charlie is consistency." The Marlins had a single during each of the first three innings against Morton, and they took a 2-0 lead when they opened the fourth inning with three consecutive hits. Donovan Solano drove in Giancarlo Stanton with a bloop single over Neil Walkers head for the games first run. But conceding Miamis second run was a trade-off Morton and the Pirates were willing to make. Logan Morrison scored when Adeiny Hechavarria followed by grounding into a double play. "Hes capable of getting two outs with one pitch with somebody on base more than anyone we have," Hurdle said. "I do think that did give him a boost of confidence going into the rest of the game." Morton did not allow any of the remaining hitters he faced to reach base. "Initially, I give up two runs, and I dont want to give up runs," Morton said. "I dont want to put anything on the shoulders of anyone else -- I want to do my job. So when I dont and I give up runs, thats frustrating. But I have trust and faith in the guys in this clubhouse; theyve been amazing all year. Its a lot of fun to watch." Morton, who also had an RBI single, did not walk a batter and had five strikeouts in allowing two runs on six hits. Justin Wilson pitched a perfect eighth, and Mark Melancon was aided by Walkers catch on Stantons line drive in earning his seventh save. Second baseman Walker went to his right to stab a ball that was heading up the middle, then in one motion quickly threw to first to double up Ed Lucas. Andrew McCutchen homered for the Pirates (69-44), who have won four straight and are a season-high 25 games over .500. Chriistian Yelich had two hits for Miami, which has lost four in a row and scored eight runs in that span. Wholesale Shoes Ireland. "Weve had some good at-bats but were not stringing them together," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. "Were piecing together one run here or one run there. Believe me, its very frustrating. I know our guys our frustrated. Youve got to keep plugging along and hopefully have that day where we string a bunch of hits together." The go-ahead run came sprinting home in the Pittsburgh fifth when Tom Koehlers pitch to Starling Marte almost struck Marte in the face as he squared around to bunt on a safety squeeze. Marte went down hard, and as the ball went to the backstop he jumped up to get out of the way as Jordy Mercer ran in from third. That was one of two wild pitches by Koehler (3-7), who also hit a batter and allowed four hits and a walk in five innings. The rookie was the losing pitcher the previous time Morton beat Miami less than two weeks prior. "Im still a little aggravated about the fifth, to allow two runs and make the team fight back," Koehler said. "Youve got to be able to shut it down, slam the door there. You give them a chance and theyre going to capitalize on it. They didnt necessarily score their two runs as much as I gave them to them." With one out and no one on in the fourth, McCutchen took a 3-1 pitch to right-centre for his 16th home run, the second homer allowed by Koehler in his past seven starts. McCutchen added an infield single in the eighth, and Pedro Alvarez followed with a sacrifice fly to pad the Pirates lead. McCutchen, who is batting .359 at home this season, has a streak of five straight multihit games. NOTES: The start of the game was delayed by rain for 36 minutes. ... Pirates LHP Wandy Rodriguez, on the disabled list since June 11 because of left forearm tightness, threw off a mound for the first time in his rehabilitation Tuesday. ... The Marlins have lost five straight at PNC Park, dating to last season. ... Two of the top rookie starters in the National League will pitch the series finale Thursday -- Pittsburghs Gerrit Cole (5-5, 3.69) and Miamis Jose Fernandez (8-5, 2.54). They faced each other July 28 at Marlins Park, when Fernandez had 13 strikeouts in a 3-2 victory. ' ' ' 
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