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MLB: Minnesota 4, Detroit 1

July 23, 2011 at 7:51 PM   |   Comments

MINNEAPOLIS, July 23 (UPI) -- Scott Baker came off the disabled list to hurl five scoreless innings Saturday and the Minnesota Twins posted a 4-1 victory over Detroit.

Baker, making his first start since July 5 due to elbow soreness, didn't miss a beat in his return, holding Detroit to three hits while walking one and striking out five.

Anthony Swarzak gave up a run after Baker left the game but Phil Dumatrait and Glen Perkins each tossed a scoreless inning in relief and Joe Nathan racked up his seventh save as Minnesota broke an 11-game losing streak to the Tigers.

Danny Valencia clouted a solo homer in the second inning and Delmon Young added a two-run double in Minnesota's victory.

Tigers starter Brad Penny (7-7) yielded four runs on seven hits in a seven-inning effort.

Miguel Cabrera drove in the only run for Detroit, which entered the game with a 1 1/2-game lead in the American League Central.

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