Tigers looking for the sweep of KC today. Justin Verlander vs. Bruce Chen. Score is 0-0 going into the bottom of the 2nd.
While most of us have been thinking Spring Football today, the undefeated Tigers have been doing their thing this afternoon in Detroit. As I type this, the game is going into the top of the 9th, with a 7-1 lead for the Tigers. Brad Ausmus looks to be bringing in Phil Coke for the 9th in a non-save situation. Rick Porcello started and was outstanding in his first start of the new season, giving up 1 run on just 3 hits over 6 2/3 innings. Don Kelly leads the Tigers today with a 3-for-4 day, including a triple. Torii Hunter has added a homer and double to the offensive mix in a 13-hit Tiger attack.
Right now, it's still 7-2, one down in the 9th for the O's after a single and triple plate a run.
If the Tigers lose a game or two this season, it's likely gonna be due to the bullpen...
Most here probably missed it, but the LA Dodgers took the NL West divisional lead overnight by beating the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-1, Clayton Kershaw getting the "W" in a game played 'down under' in Australia.
The two teams play again tonight, this one at a more normal time for us to watch west coast teams play, at 10pm EDT. It'll again be broadcast on MLB Network, in case anyone needs a break from wall-to-wall NCAA Tournament action.
(edited @ 3:38pm to fix thread title)
With the general mood around here today being just "slightly" down, due to the bad news involving things like Jake Butt's ACL injury and the latest bad winter weather, let me spread a bit of cheer, a veritable "light at the end of the tunnel", if you will:
Doesn't matter, either, if you're a fan of some team other than the Tigers (gasp), as most other clubs likewise have or will have their pitchers and catchers report by the end of this week and full squads in Florida or Arizona next week. The Dodgers and Diamondbacks have already been at work for several days now, getting ready for an early start to the regular season with a trip down under for a pair of games on March 22nd and 23rd:
while most of the rest of MLB starts playing games that count (and no, NOT the All Star Game)on or around March 31st.
Go Get 'Em, Tigers!
(edited title @ 9:57 pm)
A long time coming but Selig et all have finally come around to fully implementing instant replay starting in 2014, and it looks like it will be using a combination of the NFL/NHL replay systems with challenges and a centralized center for overruling, or keeping the umpires original rulings.
EDIT: Apparently the MLBPA and Umpire's Union still have to approve before this can actually be accepted but you'd think they'd want to get the calls right anyway so this looks like it will go through unscathed.