Well, Rick Porcello did his part, the bullpen held on in roller-coaster fashion, and the Tigers head into the fur game of the 4-game series only 1/2 game behind the Indians in the Central.
Fur game because the performance of Furbush will be key tonight; with Valverde done until the break and Alburquerque out until the break, the bullpen is a bit light right now, and Furbush is on a limited pitch-count. If Furbush and the Tigers do come through tonight, they head into the first-half finale with none other than Justin Verlander holding the broom, and with 1st place in sight.
The Royals will turn to Luke Hochevar, who may look a bit nervous as the 5th inning begins–in his last start he gave up a 5-run 5th.
As noted yesterday, Austin Jackson will be kept out of the starting lineup for the rest of the series with wrist soreness (he will be available for defense and pinch-running). Tonight Casper takes his turn haunting CF.
Today’s Player of the Pre-Game: Don Kelly
They pitch around V-Mart to get to Kelly, and The Donkey makes them pay
Today’s All-Star Peralta Gets the Dhay Off Lineup: