Domingo, 17 Febrero, 2019

Jones hit in face by pitch, Tigers and Twins scrap on field

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Typifying the sloppy day for the Twins, the Tigers scored three runs in the sixth inning despite striking out four times.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Not long after Detroit outfielder JaCoby Jones got hit in the face by a pitch, the Tigers and Minnesota Twins were nose-to-nose on the field.

Detroit starter Matthew Boyd was ejected two innings later Saturday when he threw behind Twins slugger Miguel Sano, who pointed his finger at Boyd and yelled out toward the mound.

Jones was later taken to the hospital. However, the rest of Detroit's set up relievers kept the Twins scoreless.

The Minnesota Twins and Detroit Tigers end their weekend series in Major League Baseball action on Sunday afternoon. Max Kepler and Eddie Rosario homered for the Twins, but Minnesota lost for the sixth time in seven games. "This was more like I got punched in the face".

The gaffe occurred in the third inning against Minnesota, when Jones was drilled in the left side of his mouth by a 90 miles per hour fastball from Twins reliever Justin Haley. "When I saw the blood I knew it was bad". Jones went down but sprang to his feet, tossed his helmet away and ran up the third base line in the direction of the Tigers' dugout. "So I just wanted to step in between and prevent anything from happening".

The Tigers placed Jones on the 10-day disabled list, still pending the CT scan. Hicks led off the inning with a single off reliever Michael Tonkin, who followed by walking Andrew Romine.

Jones was batting.150 with one homer and four RBIs for the Tigers. They're also 10-2 in Fulmer's last 12 starts after scoring five runs or more in their previous game and are 13-5 in their last 18 road games when playing a team with a losing home record. Meanwhile, Boyd walked three batters in the first two innings before settling down to retire eight of the next nine Twins. Miguel Cabrera, JD Martinez and JaCoby Jones could all miss significant time moving forward and Detroit is going to have to find a way to hang around in the standings and not let Cleveland get too far ahead of them.

It's not the first time he's taken a fastball to the head area. I can't play in the games, so I don't exactly know what I'm allowed to do when I am on the DL.

Alex Avila added a two-run homer for the Tigers.