Detroit just took a 1-0 lead over Cleveland in a very big mid-September game at Comerica, as JD Martinez continues to assault Cleveland pitching. The 22nd homer of the season for JD (I believe that 7 of them have been vs. the Indians) came with two out in the 4th. Justin Verlander has been pitching well so far, no serious threats by Cleveland so far. Verlander's pitch count after 4 is 65, it would be great to get 7 solid innings out of him before handing it to the bullpen.
Did anyone catch the game last night? Fun game to listen to I drove those 2 1/2 hours home from The Big House! Avila put a charge into one for a 2-run shot with two out in the bottom of the 8th, and Joe Nathan wiggled out of a self-induced jam in the 9th for the save. The win kept Detroit a half-game ahead of the Royals. Just 15 games remaining on the schedule for Detroit, including 3 the final weekend at KC.
As I finish this OP, Verlander in a bit of a jam in the 5th, one out, runners at the corners.
[Edit: Correction on the upcoming schedule (thank you, BlueinLansing!)---the Tigers finish as follows, after today:
This coming week: 3 at Minny, starting tomorrow, then a bye Thursday before heading to KC for 3 next weekend.
The final week: 3 at Comerica vs. the White Sox, then the season-ending (Thursday thru Sunday) 4 games at home vs. the Twins.]
O's put up 2 on Sanchez in the first.
With a 2-out single in the first, Miguel Cabrera is now 3 hits away from 2000 on his career.
EDIT: With two outs in the ninth, Cabrera homers for hit number 2000!!!
Just a couple days after trading for Angels SS/Utility man Andrew Romine to compete in a SS platoon, the Tigers have acquired veteran SS Alex Gonzalez. Tigers traded away Steve Lombardozzi, who was acquired in the Fister trade.
Looks like the SS position in now in the hands of the 37-year old, 15 year veteran, and Romine will handle utility duties at 2B, SS and 3B. Bad news for Danny Worth fans.
Thought I would open a thread as the Tigers finish the season with a three-game series in Miami tonight.
- The Tigers are within one game of the A's for home-field advantage in the ALDS
- Martinez will probably be catching
- Will Cabrera start?
It appears the Tigs are involved in a 3 way trade, Avi Garcia goes to Chitown, Peavy goes to Boston, and Jose Iglasias comes to Detroit, per Danny Knobler on Twitter (among others). Iglacias can play SS, 2B, 3B and is hitting 330 in 200+ at bats in the Bigs. Locked in for a while, until 2019.
EDIT: appears Brayan Villarreal is also included, going to Boston
Side note - AP reports Biogenesis suspensions will be announced on Friday, Peralta to accept it.
my bad, not supposed to be a diary
So they missed the tag on Hunter going back to first on the sacrifice fly by Cabrera in the 2nd, but I thought the first baseman was on the bag, so Hunter should have been doubled off as he left first before the outfielder caught the ball. Am I missing something?