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Tigers' Casey Mize ends encouraging rookie year with 5-2 loss against Twins

Minneapolis — Not bad for a guy who very nearly didn’t make the squad out of spring training.

Casey Mize put a bow on a 30-start rookie season Wednesday night, going four innings in the Tigers' 5-2 loss to the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. He retired 12 of the last 13 hitters he faced after a rough first inning and ended his year by blowing a 95-mph fastball past Jake Cave.

“Yeah, just remember how close he was to not making the team out of camp,” manager AJ Hinch said. “There was a lot of talk in spring training that he wouldn’t.