Game 2012.24: Royals at Tigers

The 12-11 Tigers, now only percentage points out of first, look to sweep the abbreviated 2-game home series with the Royals this afternoon.

Justin “No-Hitter” Verlander will take on Jonathan “No-Hitter” Sanchez.

Today’s player of the Pre-game:  Austin Jackson, who last night put up his 3rd 4-hit game already this season.

Today’s Dirks-Day-To-Day Lineup:

  1. Austin Jackson CF
  2. Brennan Boesch RF
  3. Miguel Cabrera 3B
  4. Prince Fielder 1B
  5. Ryan RaburnLF
  6. Jhonny Peralta SS
  7. Alex Avila C
  8. Brad Eldred DH
  9. Danny Worth 2B


  1. Jerry The Tiger Fan

    May 2, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    I knew this was gonna happen. Last nigth’s offense was too good to be true. This team struggling to score the day after a good offensive game is so predictable. I should’ve bet my house on the under with Verlander pitching and the Tigers inability to consistently score runs.

    • Tigers Rule

      May 2, 2012 at 2:29 pm

      Why can’t we ever score any runs for JV?

  2. Chris in Texas

    May 2, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    How can they be getting one hit when the guy is about 50% strikes and 50% balls?

    What is their average w/ the bases laoded? It seems like they always leave them loaded? I bet it’s under .200

    • Andrew in Toronto

      May 2, 2012 at 2:41 pm

      That’s what we need V-Mart for!

  3. Henion32

    May 2, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    bats need to help JV out! better win this game

  4. Kevin in Dallas

    May 2, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    Gonna tie it up here.

  5. Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

    May 2, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    Verlander delivers another classic response when KC threatens with a runner on 3rd and 1 out by KCs two batters!

    • Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

      May 2, 2012 at 3:28 pm


      • Damus Fucious

        May 3, 2012 at 10:20 am

        Boesch-awful (most-all games)

        I’ll wear some patience until around mid-May. Hopefully he turns on the heat by then. If not, then please step aside Brennan and take a seat on the bench.

  6. Kevin in Dallas

    May 2, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    I meant here.

  7. Coleman

    May 2, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    Boesch Basch!!! There, that’s better.

  8. Kevin in Dallas

    May 2, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    Wait a minute; Raburn is batting 5th? Does Leyland know this?

  9. Jud

    May 2, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    Boesch….atta boy!

  10. Jud

    May 2, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    shoot, then I thought Rayburn had a home run there also….but he swung and missed….

  11. Andrew in Toronto

    May 2, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    Laird pinch running in the bottom of the ninth?

  12. Coleman

    May 2, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    Gerald Laird, Pinch Runner=Ryan Raburn, Defensive Replacement.

  13. Coleman

    May 2, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    That was all rather short of satisfying.

  14. Chris in Texas

    May 2, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    Benoit has been pretty awful so far this season. He has baserunners every inning and has wiggled out of some, but, you can only be lucky for so long. In the end, though, our offense fails again. It fails to a guy, not even throwing strikes. maybe we need to stop using terrible RH batters against lefties and just go w/ our LH bats. Raburn is basically Inge, except he has never really done anything. Inge had a gold glove caliber season and a couple all-star worthy seasons. Raburn butchers balls at every position he plays CONSISTENTLY and he has gotten hot a couple times. Big Deal.

    • Vince in MN

      May 2, 2012 at 7:16 pm

      Dotel: ERA 0.00
      Below: ERA 0.00

      Guess JL is saving them for the Sox series.

      Equating Rayburn to Inge before Aug 1st is an insult to Inge.

      • Damus Fucious

        May 3, 2012 at 10:17 am

        No Gene Rayburn playing for the Tigers. He died years ago.
        However, Ryan Raburn does play for the Tigers.

        • bada bing

          May 3, 2012 at 12:09 pm

          No – he is most definitely talking about Ryan Rayburn at this point.

    • Brenden

      May 2, 2012 at 10:41 pm

      Excellent point about Raburn and Inge. I couldn’t agree more… Raburn batting 5th is a crime…

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  16. Kevin in Dallas

    May 2, 2012 at 11:28 pm

    I don’t think Richard Durrett has anything better to write about (says Tigers are the biggest threat to the Rangers)

  17. Stormin Norman

    May 3, 2012 at 8:05 am

    Weaver threw a no-hitter against the Twinkies – Twins shut-out for 2nd straight game… they now have the worst record in the MLB… ever since they’ve moved to Target Field, they seem to be cursed.

  18. Kevin in Dallas

    May 3, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    Has umpiring been this bad all along?

  19. Vince in MN

    May 3, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    A good recap of Tiger offense after 4 weeks:

  20. Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

    May 3, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    Vicksburg native Justin Henry is batting .314 with the Mud Hens and .419 in the last ten games. The Mud Hens are testing Henry as utility/outfielder instead of his normal position at 2B.

  21. StorminNorman$

    May 4, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    Right-hander Jake Peavy is scheduled to start for the Sox… and Peavy has been stellar all year, and especially strong in his last three outings
    Tiger starting lineup tonight – if it doesn’t rain
    1. Austin Jackson, CF
    2. Brennan Boesch, RF
    3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B
    4. Prince Fielder, 1B
    5. Andy Dirks, DH
    6. Alex Avila, C
    7. Jhonny Peralta, SS
    8. Ryan Raburn, 2B
    9. Don Kelly, LF
    Starting pitcher: Drew Smyly

    NOTE: Tigers manager Jim Leyland said pitcher Doug Fister will come off the disabled list (pulled side) and start Monday in Seattle. Also, he said he expects Delmon Young to start as the team’s designated hitter Saturday and Sunday

    • Andrew in Toronto

      May 4, 2012 at 4:48 pm

      Glad to see that Delmon will be DH.

      So far this year he’s been DH 6 times out of 18 games played. Should probably have been 18 out of 18, unless Fielder or Cabrera needed a bit of a break.

  22. Coleman

    May 4, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    Another good outing by Smyly… 🙂