Well, that was quick. The Rangers put the game away with 8 runs in the first inning before a stunned Rick Porcello could even record a second out. The Rangers rolled to their 8th straight, beating Detroit 10-4, and have now outscored them 20-7 so far this series.
If there was a bright spot for the Tigers, it was another great outing by Duane Below, who threw 6 scoreless innings against the red-hot Rangers, the longest relief outing by a Tiger pitcher since Steve Sparks in 2003 (take away the first inning, and Below had a quality start). Below has now thrown 10 scoreless innings, with 7 hits and no walks in 2012.
After the game the Tigers used their last option on Daniel Schlereth and dispatched him to the Mud Hens, giving RHP Thad Weber his first call up to the bigs.
Can anyone stop the Rangers right now? Sounds like a challenge Justin Verlander would relish. Fresh off of a 131-pitch complete game victory, he has actually done well against the current Texas lineup, limiting them to a combined BA of .230 and an OPS of .655. Mike Napoli has given him the most trouble (.300/.890), and he is not in the starting lineup. Adrian Beltre will miss the rest of the series with an injured hamstring.
Neftali Feliz won the 2010 Rookie of the Year as a closer, and is now making a go of it as a starter. Tonight will be his 3rd major league start, and so far opponents are just hitting .209 against him. But then he has yet to face the likes of Santiago-Kelly-Inge.
Breaking news: Phil Humber of the White Sox has just completed a perfect game against the Mariners
Today’s Double-Headed Lineup: