UPDATE: Brad Ausmus went to his pen again. It didn’t work. Again.

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3:24 PM: I’m putting this up now so it doesn’t look like I was second guessing later. Or hey, maybe to give Brad Ausmus credit for having guts. I don’t know.

What I do know is that when Justin Verlander ran out of gas in the sixth, Ausmus went to Anibal Sanchez out of the pen. Sanchez, usually a starter, threw thirty pitches over the rest of the sixth and through the seventh and didn’t allow a thing. He looked good. Now, entering the eighth, Ausmus decided to take Sanchez out and start the inning with Joba Chamberlain, who was horrifyingly bad last night.

I can’t say I’d go back to that well. Not after last night and not while Sanchez looked so darn good in his two innings today. The Tigers have a 6-3 lead.

But I guess we’ll see how it goes.

UPDATE: Chamberlain faced four dudes. He retired one. Then he plunked Adam Jones and gave up two singles. The Orioles scored and it’s now 6-4. Ausmus just yanked Chamberlain for Joakim Soria with runners on first and second. Soria walked J.J. Hardy. One out. This is ridiculous.

UPDATE: Delmon Young comes up as a pinch hitter and on the first pitch clears the bases with a double. It’s now 7-6 Baltimore. This is unreal.

Nelson Cruz hits 400th career home run

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Twins DH Nelson Cruz hit his 400th career home run, a solo home run in the fourth inning of Sunday’s game against the Royals. The blast padded the Twins’ lead to 8-6, and was also No. 40 on the season for Cruz.

Cruz, 39, is the 57th member of the 400-homer club. He was previously tied with Andres Galarraga and Al Kaline at 399. Cruz has hit 163 of his homers with the Mariners, 157 with the Rangers, and 40 each with the Orioles and Twins.

Cruz entered Sunday batting .300/.383/.624 with 104 RBI in 500 plate appearances. Pretty good production for the Twins from a slugger on a one-year, $14.3 million contract. The Twins hold a $12 million club option for 2020 as well.