Detroit Tigers, 60-50, 2nd place, .5 back.
Well, Jose Valverde almost pulled a Chris Perez, but tragedy was averted and the Tigers won their 7th consecutive, and 10th in a row at Comerica.
But all’s well that ends well, and that one ended well, and Detroit finally picked up a game on Chicago, and added a bit to their growing aura of invincibility at home.
These auras…I don’t know how reliable they are, and I’ve been having trouble finding any statistical measures by which to judge them, but they can’t hurt.
Tonight the Tigers hand the ball to Anibal. C.C. Sabathia will face the Right version of the Tiger lineup, featuring newest Tiger Jeff Baker, and bad boy Gerald Laird, who will try not to get ejected today (apparently Laird said nothing that merited ejection–although he admitted to making “hand gestures” from the dugout).
Stat of the Day: Tiger starters, 2nd half: 14-7, 3.79
Today’s Player of the Pre-game: Jeff Baker. The Tiger unveiling.
Today’s Baker’s Dozen Lineup:
- Austin Jackson CF
- Omar Infante 2B
- Miguel Cabrera 3B
- Prince Fielder 1B
- Delmon Young DH
- Jeff Baker LF
- Brennan Boesch RF
- Gerald Laird C
- Ramon Santiago SS