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Greene wins Tigers debut, closes out sweep of Twins

Shane Greene goes 8 innings in first game

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DETROIT – The Detroit Tigers completed a dominant three-game sweep over the Minnesota Twins Thursday, closing with a 7-1 win in the series finale.

Shane Greene kept the Tigers' shutout streak alive through six innings, allowing just three hits and striking out four.  In his debut with the team, Greene threw 48 of his first 61 pitches for strikes.

In the seventh inning the Twins scored a run with help from a Yoenis Cespedes fielding error. The Tigers' 24 2/3 scoreless innings pitched to start the season is an American League record.

Greene finished the game with eight innings pitched, allowing just four hits, one walk and no earned runs. He threw 85 pitches and struck out five batters.

J.D. Martinez got the scoring started for the second time in three games, plating Anthony Gose with a single to center field. Martinez struck again in the fourth inning, hitting his second opposite field blast of the year to bring home two more runs and give Detroit a 6-0 lead.

The two-run blast knocked Twins starter Kyle Gibson out of the game. He finished with just 3.2 innings pitched and gave up eight hits, five walks and six earned runs. He failed to strike out a Tiger batter.

Gose recorded his second straight three-hit game to start the season after sitting out Opening Day. The first-year Tiger hit two singles, a double, and scored three times.

Jose Iglesias, who went six for seven in the first two games, went 0-4 in Thursday's game. Miguel Cabrera went 0-2 with two walks, dropping his series average to .182. Ian Kinsler went 0-3 but drew two walks and scored twice.

Tom Gorzelanny got his first action of the season, pitching a scoreless ninth inning. He gave up one single on nine pitches.

After the 22-1 overall three-game sweep of the Twins, the Tigers will battle the Cleveland Indians on the road Friday. Cleveland is coming off two straight wins over the Houston Astros to bounce back from an Opening Day loss.