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Twins play spoiler in Garner's return
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The return of manager Phil Garner and third baseman Dean Palmer didn't help the Detroit Tigers.
The strong performance of Mark Redman may help Twins manager Tom Kelly decide on his fifth starter.
"Redman certainly set a good tone for us," said Kelly, who has been searching for a fifth starter since spring training. "I can't say enough about him. He was very impressive. Maybe he wants to step up to be a starter. That would certainly make me look smart."
Garner and Palmer were penalized by the commissioner's office for their roles in a bench-clearing brawl against the Chicago White Sox on April 22.
"I'm glad to be back, but as bad as sitting out was, losing's worse," Garner said.
Palmer went 1-for-4 and committed a two-out error on Cristian Guzman's routine grounder in the fourth, leading to the Twins' third run.
Detroit's Juan Encarnacion extended his major league-leading hitting streak to 18 games with an infield single in the sixth inning.
"I can't complain about it," Encarnacion said. "I get one hit at least every day and if I can help my team, I'm happy."
Redman (2-0), making his first start this season and the second of his career, allowed one run and eight hits, striking out six and walking none.
"I was glad to go out and pitch seven strong innings," said Redman, who made his only other big league start last July 24 against Seattle. "If you can do that, you give your team a chance to win. My job today was to fill that fifth position as a starter and I was glad TK gave me the opportunity."
He recovered in time to throw out Encarnacion at the plate, preserving a 3-1 lead. One batter later, Bobby Higginson hit a sharp liner over shortstop, but Guzman leaped high to nab the ball and catch Palmer off second for an inning-ending double play.
Instead of a possible 3-3 game, it was still 3-1. Lawton followed with a two-run double one inning later.
"If he doesn't throw me out, we have a run and two guys on with no outs," Encarnacion said. "That's the key to the game right there."
Detroit starter C.J. Nitkowski (1-6), winless in four starts since April 14, allowed six runs -- five earned -- seven hits and four walks in 6 1-3 innings.
He balked home Minnesota's first run in the second with Huskey on third. Jason Maxwell's RBI single and Palmer's error made it 3-0 in the fourth.
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