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.]
According to MLive, JMo is working out with the Cavaliers, Timberwolves, and Bulls this week and next. He's shooting for a summer league tryout or maybe going to head to Europe to play for a bit before pursuing an engineering career.
All the best to him. Morgan is an exemplary alum, and I hope he gets on a team and succeeds.
(I didn't see this posted, let me know if it's old news).
With football over (except for the recruiting), hockey heating up with Merrill returning to the team, and the Frozen Diamond game against Ohio in Cleveland almost a week away, I want to invite all the MGoBloggers who will be coming down for the game to the UM Club of Cleveland's tailgate party. It will be at Houlihan's in Tower City Center a few blocks from Progressive Field at 280 West Huron Road, Cleveland, Ohio.
(I tried to post a link to a google map including Houlihan's address, but my google map URL skills were not up to it. You know how to use google maps anyway.)
From the email from the UM Club's head honcho (who approved this post in advance):
UM vs OSU Hockey - The Frozen Diamond at Progressive Field will be the home ice for the Wolverines and Buckeyes on January 15. Join us at Houlihans in Tower City, starting anytime after 1 pm for a tailgate party with the local alums and visitors from A2. At game time, walk indoors all the way to the "rink". Tickets to the game are still available at the Indians website: www.indians.com.
I hope to see a lot of you in Cleveland for the game and I hope to meet some of you at Houlihan's before the game.
I can just imagine The Only Colors going non-linear over this Lynn Henning column.