Detroit Tigers: 68-46, 1st Place (7 ahead of Cleveland).
Sneaking under the radar a bit: Detroit Tigers, American League’s Best Record.
Well all good things must come to an end, and the Tigers’ winning streak finally topped out at 12–but not without some excitement. After failing to take advantage of several early inning opportunities, the Tigers went into the 9th inning down 3-1. A double by Austin Jackson set the stage for a two-out classic confrontation between Miguel Cabrera and the great Mariano Rivera, and after two quick strikes (and a foul shot off of his knee), Cabrera struck, with a massive home run to dead center.
Torii Hunter: “they should make movie from that at-bat.”
Unfortunately, the Tigers again failed to take advantage of runners on base in the top of the 10th, and Al Alburquerque couldn’t hold the Yankees in the 9th. Was there any doubt of the outcome once Alburquerque came into the game? Unfortunately the Tigers had already burned through Coke, Bonderman, Smyly, Rondon, and Veras, and didn’t have much choice (although Veras might have been able to handle one more inning).
Cabrera has a bandaged left shin, but will be in the lineup. Prince Fielder gets a “day off” at DH, with Victor Martinez digging out his glove and taking first. And Leyland is hoping Don Kelly will run into one in the 6th spot.
For the Yankees, Alex Rodriguez gets the day off, with Jayson Nix at 3rd.
Omar Infante’s rehab assignment, finally, is progressing: last night he was 2-for-4. The Tigers are tentatively shooting for Monday for Infante’s return. They certainly could use the punch in the bottom third of the lineup.
Today’s Player of the Pre-game: Don Kelly. The struggling Andy Dirks gets the day off, and the Donkey takes aim at that short RF porch.
Today’s Let’s Start a New Streak Lineup:
- Jackson, CF
- Hunter, RF
- Cabrera, 3B
- Fielder, DH
- Martinez, 1B
- Kelly, LF
- Avila, C
- Perez, 2B
- Iglesias, SS