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MINNEAPOLIS -- A Minnesota Twins season that appears headed toward 100 losses has seen plenty of its down moments and being swept at home by the Detroit in the season series is among the top disappointments. Logan Ryan Womens Jersey .Justin Verlander (15-8) tied a season-high with 11 strikeouts, while Minnesota struck out 17 times in a 4-2 loss in the second game of Thursdays doubleheader as the Tigers moved into the second AL wild-card spot.Erick Aybar drove in two runs for Detroit, which went 9-0 at Minnesota this year and outscored the Twins 65-25 at Target Field.The way Verlander and those guys arent giving in, you can just tell, especially when you face a team like these guys and Cleveland enough, second baseman Brian Dozier said. They do the little things right 100 percent of the time in order to win games. I hope theyre observing this, a lot of people in here.Ervin Santana (7-11) gave up four runs -- two earned -- five hits and four walks in six innings for the Twins. Juan Centeno and Byron Buxton hit solo homers in the evening loss.The nightcap was another sloppy game for Minnesota, which committed two errors, had two wild pitches and one passed ball. The Twins had three errors and five wild pitches in the doubleheader, scheduled to make up Wednesdays rainout.Minnesota has lost six straight games and 98 overall, reaching 96 for the fourth time in six seasons and three short of their 2011 total.Its kind of been typical for us to hang in games and then not be able to finish, manager Paul Molitor said. Thats part of what were hoping were developing here is these guys are understanding the fine line when you get down to the end, whether its making a pitch or making a play or getting a hit. It can be small when youre losing these close games, especially when theyre low-scoring like that.In the first game, Pat Dean made a spot start and pitched five innings while giving up just one run.Detroits Justin Upton hit a tiebreaking homer off Alex Wimmers (1-3) and Victor Martinez added a pinch-hit, three-run homer in a six-run ninth against Pat Light.AMONG SECONDSDoziers first-inning homer in the first game was his 42nd of the season and 40th while playing second base, establishing a new AL record for homers in a season by a second baseman. Dozier passed Alfonso Sorianos total in 2002. Only Rogers Hornsby (42 in 1922), Davey Johnson (42 in 1973) and Ryne Sandberg (40 in 1990) have hit more.Its just another number, Dozier said. But at the same time, I know the fans are enjoying it, so you come out and you play for them. To get a chance to do that here at home is pretty cool.Dozier had his 24-game hitting streak snapped in the second game.TRAINERS ROOMTwins: DH/3B Miguel Sano (lower back tightness) was back in the lineup for the first time since Sept. 12. Molitor said Sano was still sore but was anxious to return. . Molitor confirmed RHP Trevor May has a stress fracture in his back. May was 2-2 with a 5.27 ERA in 44 relief appearances. He made three trips to the DL with the injury, which hadnt been detected in previous exams. . RF Max Kepler left the second game with a mild neck strain after hitting the wall awkwardly.UP NEXTTwins: RHP Kyle Gibson (6-10) is slated to make his final home start of the season on Friday against Seattle, which will start LHP James Paxton (4-7). John Hannah Youth Jersey . 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The 36-year-old American also turned in the top time in Thursdays opening training session.PHILADELPHIA -- Sam Hinkie wants the 76ers to use the Moneyball-type of thinking popularized in baseball to build a championship team in Philadelphia. Hinkie can crunch the numbers using any formula hed like -- hed find the Sixers were pretty awful this season. But thats why Hinkie was hired away from Houston, to build the 34-win Sixers into title contenders, not just by using traditional player statistics like rebounds and points, but through alternative -- and complex -- ways of calculating a players value that often clash with old-school, front-office thinking. Considered an innovator in the Rockets cutting edge analytic efforts, the Sixers named Hinkie team president and general manager on Tuesday. "Im just trying to use information to make decisions," Hinkie said. "I think some people move along quickly and others dont. Thats OK." Hinkie replaced president Rod Thorn, who moved into a consulting role, and GM Tony DiLeo, fired after one year on the job and 23 years total in the front office. Hinkie spent the last eight years in Houston and was the executive vice-president of basketball operations for the Rockets. A year after he was passed over for the GM job, Hinkie was the top choice this time by owner Joshua Harris to oversee the rebuilding of this beleaguered franchise. Hinkie must now hire a coach after Doug Collins resigned following three seasons. Collins and Thorn are officially consultants for the team, but are now in the background of a major reconstruction project that Harris, Hinkie and a new coach will tackle. The Sixers have a short list of coaching candidates but have not interviewed anyone. In looking for a coach, Hinkie said all philosophies would be blended into a successful organization, not just analytics. "I think its all too-often overstated about how analytically minded a head coach needs to be," Hinkie said. "I think every head coach in the NBA is analytically minded. I think they all want to win. I think more and more, as they meet organizations that have really invested in this, they say this is helpful." Hinkie replaces DiLeo, who was widely credited -- and now blamed -- for orchestrating the botched deal for injury-prone centre Andrew Bynum. Harris said some of the roster decisions made, like the Bynum deal and giving multi-year deals to Spencer Hawes and Kwame Brown, were not made with "good process. They werent good decisions." Philadelphia went to the playoffs in Collins first two seasons, and advanced to the Eastern Conference semifinals last season. But with Bynum injured all season, the 76ers stumbled to a 34-48 record this season, finishing 20 games behind division-champion New York. Theyll have a first-round pick in the NBA draft lottery and about $11--$12 million in salary cap room. LeGarrette Blount Youth Jersey. Hes off this week to Chicago for the pre-draft camp. Jrue Holiday was an All-Star in his third full season and joined Wilt Chamberlain as the two players in the franchises 50-year history to average more than 17 points and eight assists for an entire season. Thaddeus Young and Evan Turner are solid assets. But those two standouts -- along with Holiday -- werent enough to help lead the Sixers back to the post-season. Along the way, Bynum never played for the Sixers because of bone bruises in both knees. He insisted from training camp he would play this season, only to shut it down for good on March 18. He then underwent season-ending arthroscopic surgery on both knees. Bynum earned $16.5 million this season and is set to become an unrestricted free agent. Bynum is one of six free agents for the Sixers, who are devoid of any real assets outside of Holiday. Without playing a game for the Sixers, Bynum said at his introductory press conference he wanted to make Philadelphia his home -- and the team was ready to commit. "Where do I sign?" Harris said last August. "Show me the contract." There were no enthusiastic endorsements at the Sixers practice facility on Tuesday. "I think of Andrew like the thousands of other young men walking around the world that are unrestricted free agents that have potential to play NBA basketball," Hinkie said. "He is one of those. Im duty bound to consider them and look at them. All of them." And from Harris? "Were going to look into it." The Rockets became the first NBA team to manage the basketball operations of its D-League team. Likely as a sign of whats ahead, the 76ers last month acquired a team to compete in the NBAs developmental league in Delaware. It was that kind of thinking that impressed the Rockets -- and the Sixers. "His valuable insight regarding players and the NBA, whether building around Yao Ming or taking the multiple strategic steps necessary to acquire James Harden, has provided the Rockets with an unmatched advantage over the years," Houston GM Daryl Morey said. "Philadelphia will realize over time what an important acquisition they have made." The Sixers hope they realize it if they can celebrate their first championship since 1983. ------ NOTES: Harris is Managing Partner of Apollo Management, which he co-founded in 1990. Apollos investments include the fast-food chains Hardees and Carls Jr. In March, Hostess Brands Inc. sold Twinkies, Ding Dongs, Ho Hos and other brands to Apollo Global Management and Metropoulos & Co. for $410 million. "We try to buy good franchises at low prices and we were able to do that with Hostess," Harris said. 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