Detroit Tigers, 54-48, 2nd place, 1.5 back.
The Tigers, who were a Peralta away from being swept by the Blue Jays, will stay East and try the Red Sox for a 3-game set that ends Wednesday night on ESPN.
Even though the Tigers have started strong in the 2nd half (10-6), they have still been a bit of an offensive jugger-not. They are batting .257 as a team since the break (.269 before), with a bit less power (.400 SLG vs .420 first half).
Maybe Fenway will perk them up: Detroit hit .296 in its first 4-game series there, smashed 6 home runs, and scored 18.
If the suddenly-consistent Max Scherzer has another outing like his last, they may not need much offense. Scherzer now is 5-1, 2.54 over his last 7 starts, with 54 Ks and only 14 walks, although he has given up a home run in 4 consecutive starts.
Stat of the Day: Ramon Santiago and Ryan Raburn are batting a combined .000 at Fenway in 2012. The bar is low for Infante.
Today’s Player of the Pre-game: Jhonny Peralta. The H-Factor already has 2 home runs at Fenway this season. Can he do it 2 games in a row?
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