Detroit Tigers, 85-73, 1st place, 2 up, magic number 3.
Fister, then Smyly, then Verlander: the Tiger starters are on a roll, and this afternoon Anibal Sanchez takes the mound, following up one of the best Tiger starts of the season, to face the 1-9 Australian Liam Hendricks , who is the only Liam in MLB history, so he’s got that going for him.
Not that there wasn’t any drama last night, thanks to Long-Ball Benoit and Ryan D—it (again!). Doumit now has all 8 of the Twins’ RBI for the series.
And once again, P.J. Walters baffled the Tiger hitters. Luckily the Twins had to resort to our old friend Casey Fien out of the bullpen, Cabrera re-tied for the HR lead, which has Mitch Albom all excited.
Speaking of excited, in the 5th inning yesterday, Quintin Berry stole second, an event that slipped under the radar. Berry now has 21 stolen bases for the season, and has yet to be caught. If he can manage the last 4 games without being caught, Mr. Berry has an American League record.
Max Scherzer is stiff iffy, but let’s wait a day or two before we start fretting about that.
Stat of the Day: Al Alburquerque has picked up on his improbably good season last year, throwing 12.1 scoreless innings, with a WHIP of 0.892. Al now has a 84 strikeouts for his career in only 55.2 innings (1.52 per inning).
Today’s Player of the Pre-game: Miguel Cabrera. The Twins’ Hendricks has given up 1.95 HRs per 9 innings, the 4th worst in baseball. You see where I’m going with this.
Today’s It-Worked-Yesterday Lineup: