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Tigers pound out 18 hits against Twins

DETROIT (AP) -- Craig Monroe learned you can't always judge the
kind of game you're going to have by batting practice.

He had a career-high five hits and tied his career best with six
RBI, leading the Detroit Tigers past the Minnesota Twins 12-6 on
Friday night.

Detroit had a season-high 18 hits, including three doubles by
Monroe, and combined to score nine runs in the fifth and sixth
innings. Monroe had a three-run double in the fifth and doubled in
two more runs in the sixth.

"I had the worst batting practice that I could ever think
about," Monroe said. "And I came in here (the clubhouse)
pouting."

He said he talked to hitting coach Kirk Gibson and looked at
tapes of himself from 2003 and 2004.

Monroe, who leads the Tigers with 63 RBI, also stopped worrying
so much about his technique.

"I just focused on trying to see the ball," he said. "I get
caught up, sometimes, in my mechanics."

Juan Castro homered and drove in a career-high four runs, and
Jacque Jones homered for Minnesota.

Mike Maroth (8-10) got the win despite allowing six runs and
eight hits in six innings. He walked two and struck out seven.

"It didn't take much on my part, with all of the offense we
had," Maroth said.

Joe Mays (5-5) gave up a season-high eight runs -- seven earned --
and 10 hits in four-plus innings. He walked two and struck out two.

"I just didn't do my job, that's the bottom line," Mays said.

He was chased in the fifth when the Tigers broke a 3-all tie
with five runs.

Dmitri Young's RBI single scored Chris Shelton to make it 4-3.
After an error by second baseman Bret Boone allowed Ivan Rodriguez
to reach base and load the bases, Monroe hit a double to center
field to score all three runners.

Mays was then replaced by Terry Mulholland, who balked Monroe to
third and allowed Omar Infante's RBI single.

Minnesota got within 8-6 on a three-run double by Castro, but
Detroit added four more in the sixth on Rodriguez's sacrifice fly,
Monroe's two-run double and Curtis Granderson's RBI triple.

"At 8-6, we've got ourselves a ballgame," Detroit manager Alan
Trammell said. "But we added four more and that took the wind out
of their sails."

The Tigers tied a season high with six hits in the inning.

"It was a tough game," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "We
didn't pitch well, we made one big error and they made some big
hits."

Minnesota took a 1-0 lead in the first on Torii Hunter's
run-scoring double. Detroit tied it in its half on Magglio
Ordonez's sacrifice fly.

Castro's two-out homer in the second put the Twins back up by
one, before Brandon Inge's sacrifice fly tied it again. Detroit
went ahead 3-2 on Monroe's two-out RBI single in the third.

Jones tied it at 3 with a home run leading off the third.

Game notes
The Tigers acquired INF John McDonald from the Toronto Blue
Jays for a player to be named. ... Detroit placed 2B Placido
Polanco on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 12, with a
strained left hamstring tendon. ... Detroit recalled OF Granderson
from Triple-A Toledo and designated LHP Doug Creek for assignment.
... Detroit transferred RHP Troy Percival from the 15-day to the
60-day disabled list. ... Minnesota 1B Justin Morneau is 1-for-26.
... Shelton was 2-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to 14 games
(25-for-61, .409). ... Ordonez went 2-for-4 to extend his hitting
streak to 14 games (24-for-57, .421).