Detroit is off to a new streak, winning their 2nd consecutive yesterday vs. Tampa Bay, 6-3. Although who could have predicted how the win would come about: Phil Coke with 4 great innings, Phil Coke with a hurt ankle (what is it with Tiger ankles anyway?), Charlie Furbush dominating in his first MLB appearance, Andy Dirks with his first career HR, Brennan Boesch diving around Shoppach at the plate, and all sorts of 9th-inning roller coaster excitement.
Update: Phil Coke has been placed on the 15-day DL with a bone bruise in his right foot, and Adam Wilk has been called up from Toledo to take his roster spot, although presumably to join the bullpen. The plan is to call up Andy Oliver to take Coke’s next turn in the rotation according to Jason Beck.
Today looks to be the more standard fare, with ace Justin Verlander taking the mound against Wade Davis. Justin is looking to rebound from a merely good performance, and get back to his how-are-we-supposed-to-hit-that? ways. Tampa Bay is notoriously better against RHP than they are against LHP, so he has a bit more work to do than Cokebush did last night.
This will also mean the Rays starting lineup will feature hot-hitting former Tiger Matt Joyce, savior of kittens.
Today’s Player of the Pre-Game: Andy Dirks
With another RHP in the lineup, and batting behind Victor Martinez, Dirks will be the man on-the-spot with runners on base.
Today’s Where Hasn’t Kelly Batted Lineup: