Leading Off: The Tigers had an off day yesterday and lost ground on the Indians. Now the Tigers and Indians have played the same number of games (95).
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The Tigers are in second place, a half-game behind the Indians.
There are 12 days left before the July 31 trade deadline.
Porcello is making the sixth start of his career against Oakland this evening. He has registered a quality start in three of his five career outings against the A’s. Despite having three quality starts versus Oakland, he enters his start this evening having lost each of his last three decisions to the club
On this date in 1955 Tigers reliever Babe Birrer pitched four innings and hit two three-run homers … 99 years ago today Ty Cobb collected seven hits in a doubleheader to give him a major-league record of 14 in two consecutive twin bills against the Athletics.
Milestone Update: From the game notes: Miguel Cabrera enters tonight’s game with 599 extra-base hits during his major league career, one shy of reaching 600 extra-base hits. Since the start of the 2003 season, he is fourth among all major league players with 599 extra-base hits.
Benoit’s Resurgence: Joaquin Benoit enters tonight’s game with a 1-0 record, 1.33 ERA (20.1 IP, three ER), two saves and 22 strikeouts over his last 24 outings dating back to May 20.
Trade Blather: I was listening to Power Alley on MLB Network Radio this morning and the conversation turned to players the Dodgers might be looking to move. Jim Duquette asked co-host Kevin Kennedy if he thought Casey Blake might be a good short-term fit in Detroit and the former Rangers and Red Sox manager said yes. What do you think? … And is it me or wouldn’t Carlos Beltran been a better fit, say, five years ago? Smacks a bit of Fernando Vina to me … I have to be honest, I don’t know enough about Jeremy Guthrie. Would he be a good fit?
Finally, Happy 65th Birthday to the fiesty Tennis hall of famer Ilie Nastase.