Baker beats Verlander in matchup of touted prospects

DETROIT (AP) -- Scott Baker looks like he is ready, but Justin Verlander needs a little more time.

Baker allowed five hits in seven innings and Justin Morneau
homered and drove in two runs as the Minnesota Twins beat the Detroit Tigers 5-2 on Saturday night in the second game of a day-night doubleheader.

Mike Redmond also had two RBI for Minnesota.

After Detroit won the opener 2-1, Baker outpitched Verlander in a matchup of top pitching prospects who were making their second major-league starts.

Baker (1-1) walked one and struck out five.

He improved on his first major-league start, which came against the Los Angeles Angels on July 5. He allowed two runs and five hits in five innings of that game.

"Things are starting to slow down a little more," Baker said. "That's a good thing. You start to pitch your game."

Baker was brought up from Triple-A Rochester to make the start and was sent back down after the game -- but probably not for too long.

"He came up and did a heck of a job for us," Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire said. "That's what we wanted to see ... he'll be here."

Jesse Crain pitched a scoreless eighth and Joe Nathan worked the ninth for his 27th save in 30 chances, completing the six-hitter.

Verlander (0-2) gave up five runs and eight hits in six innings, walking two and striking out three. He was Detroit's first-round pick in the 2004 draft.

"I haven't brought my A-game to the majors," Verlander said. "I'm going to do what the organization wants. Go back to [Double-A] Erie and work on my game and maybe I'll get another chance."

His first big-league start was July 4 at Cleveland. He allowed four runs and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings.

Vance Wilson caught Verlander in both games.

"He pitched better this time out," Wilson said. "He was able to throw off-speed pitches for strikes. Right now, he's a thrower. When he learns to be a pitcher, he'll be something."

The Twins' Torii Hunter said Verlander hit 99 mph on one of his pitches.

Minnesota broke a 1-all tie with three runs in the fourth. Morneau doubled in a run and Redmond drove in two with a single.

Morneau added his 12th home run leading off the sixth inning. He was only 4-for-31 coming into the game.

"I just got tired of looking bad," Morneau said. "I got mad."

Omar Infante singled in a run for the Tigers in the seventh.

Minnesota took a 1-0 lead in the first on Joe Mauer's RBI double into the left field corner. It scored Nick Punto, who walked with one out.

Detroit tied it at 1 in its half of the inning on Magglio Ordonez's two-out double. It scored Curtis Granderson, who had singled with one out.

Game notes
Ordonez got hits in both contests to extend his hitting streak to 16 games. ... Both teams made roster moves between games to move their second-game starters onto the roster. The Tigers sent utility infielder Kevin Hooper to Triple-A Toledo, while the Twins sent outfielder Michael Ryan to Triple-A Rochester. ... Minnesota recalled third baseman Terry Tiffee from Triple-A Rochester after the game and Detroit recalled left-hander Vic Darensbourg from Triple-A Toledo after the contest.