Detroit Tigers, 34-37, 3 1/2 games behind Cleveland.
The Tigers couldn’t touch Cy Lincoln, McCutchen got an 0-2 fastball he liked very much, and that was that, a quick tidy victory for the Pirates.
Well, the Tigers got the obligatory solo home run, and have still not been shut out this season. So there’s that.
Also Delmon Young got a walk, for those of you have have been holding your breath since his last one (May 22).
At any rate, the Pirates have the brooms out, ready to sweep Detroit out toward Arlington with their Tiger tails between their legs.
First they will have to deal with Justin Verlander.
The last time Verlander faced Pittsburgh, he threw a memorable one-hitter. This time he also gets to bat, looking to break a career 0-for-22 slump.
Stat of the Day: Prince Fielder has 11 home runs; 10 of them are solo home runs. He has 1 HR in 146 plate appearances with a man on base. His career average is 1 HR for every 23 PA with men on.
Today’s Player of the Pre-game: Ryan Raburn. With the middle of the lineup slumping horribly, Raburn gets a key hit off of Cy Young candidate Kevin Correia and the surprise POPG nod.
Today’s Burnberry Lineup: