A fine Tuesday to you. Now that the Tigers know who their manager will be for the next year or so we can all go back to relaxing as we think about the last six weeks of 2011.
Leading Off: On Sunday the Tigers allowed Bruce Chen to bamboozle them for the better part of a 4-3 loss to the Royals. It appeared that the Tigers were finally getting to Chen when the clouds and wind arrived at Kauffman Stadium but it was too late for Max Scherzer, who left after five innings down 3-0 with the fourth run soon to be charged to him.
Around the Central: The Red Sox beat the Twins 8-6 in Minneapolis, the White Sox outlasted the Orioles 7-6 at Camden Yards, and the Royals lost 2-1 to the Rays in Tampa
[callout title=The Rundown] The Tigers are in first place, four games ahead of the Indians.
Today’s Game: Doug Fister (4-12, 3.29 ERA) vs. Justin Masterson (9-7, 2.73 ERA) | 7:05 p.m. – FSD/1270 AM and 97.1 FM
Fister is making the fifth start of his career against the Indians this evening. He has registered a quality start in three of his previous four outings, including both starts he has made versus Cleveland in 2011.
In his previous two outings at Progressive Field, he has compiled a 2.51 ERA.
If it seems as if the Tigers and Indians haven’t faced each other in a while, it’s because they haven’t. Not since June 16, in fact, when the Tigers beat them 6-2 to take two of three at Comerica Park.
The Tigers are 2-4 against the Tribe this year.
The Tigers enter tonight’s game at Cleveland having won 10 of their last 15 games on the road dating back to July 6.
On this date in 1996, the Tigers defeated the Yankees, 5-3, as DH Ruben Sierra, traded nine days earlier from the Yankees in the Cecil Fielder deal, drove home all five Detroit runs with a double and three-run homer.
Ian’s on his game. Mr. Casselberry today assembled the five transactions that earned Dave Dombrowski his extension. Fine work — and no arguments with the five. Oh, how I wished the Nate Robertson deal had worked out.
Another draft choice signs. The Tigers have agreed to terms with catcher James McCann, the club’s second-round selection from the University of Arkansas in the 2011 draft. He hit .306 with 14 doubles, a triple, six home runs and 38 RBI in 61 games as a junior in 2011. McCann was a semi-finalist for the 2011 Coleman Company Johnny Bench Award, an honor given to the top collegiate catcher. The Tigers now have agreed to terms with 31 of the club’s selections from this year’s draft.
Just for fun, here are some photos of sports stadiums taken from space. University of Phoenix Stadium made the cut?
Watch out for the White Sox … maybe. That’s what Phil Rogers says today.
The Tigers better look out: Here come the White Sox.
Well, maybe not, but you better not count the Sox out. Not when they can deliver a sequence like they did in the second inning against the Orioles’ Jeremy Guthrie on Monday night. If anything can get a lineup turned around, it’s a confluence of events like those that triggered this four-run inning.
In order, A.J. Pierzynski homered. Then Alex Rios doubled. Then Adam Dunn singled. Then Gordon Beckham homered. What were the odds on that four-way parlay? A million to one?
Finally, Happy 47th Birthday to Brett Hull, whose deflection of Nick Lidstrom‘s shot late in regulation of Game 3 of the 2002 Cup Finals was huge.