Apr 3, 2013 8:36 PM by Andrew Masuda

Former Mustang Correia strong in AL debut, Twins rally to beat Tigers

Former Cal Poly star Kevin Correia enjoyed a fine American League debut on Wednesday. Eduardo Escobar's two-run double with one out in the ninth inning lifted the Minnesota Twins to a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers.

After Joaquin Benoit issued a leadoff walk to Trevor Plouffe, reliever Phil Coke took over. Coke got the first out, but Brian Dozier's single advanced pinch-runner Jamey Carroll to third. Then Escobar drove the first pitch Coke to the deepest part of the park in front of the bullpens in left-center field. The ball bounced between outfielders Andy Dirks and Austin Jackson and both runners scored easily. The rebuilding Twins enjoyed their first on-field celebration of the season and spoiled another strong performance by a Tigers starter.

Correia, who signed as a free agent with Minnesota after spending the previous two years with the Pittsburgh Pirates, earned a no decision. He allowed 2 runs and 7 hits in 7 innings. He walked 1 and struck out 2.

The 32 year old former Mustang is entering his 11th year in the Major Leagues and first in the AL. He owns a career 60-65 record and is coming off a 12-11 season in 2012 with the Pirates.



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