Good Wednesday morning. It’s the last day of August and with a win this afternoon the Tigers will finish the month at 18-10. They were 13-13 in July.
Leading Off: Ramon Santiago showed that sneaky power we’ve heard so much about (or at least saw a lot on Twitter last night), ending a taut, 1-1 game in dramatic fashion. Doug Fister was brilliant again and the Tigers maintained their five-game lead over the White Sox.
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The Tigers are in first place, 5 games ahead of the White Sox, 5.5 ahead of the Indians.
Notes on Porcello
Lifetimes against the Royals Porcello’s 4-2 with a 4.65 ERA … He’s limited opponents to a .227 batting average the first time through the batting order this season. Opponents are hitting .339 beginning with the second time through the order … He’s 1-2 with a 7.27 ERA (26.0IP/21ER) in five starts during the month … According to STATS, LLC, Porcello’s 36 wins are fourth-most by a Tigers pitcher prior to turning 23 since at least 1919. Denny McLain posted 42 wins for the Tigers prior to turning 23, while Hal Newhouser collected 38 wins and Art Houtteman registered 37 wins.
Notes on Paulino
Paulino has made a pair of starts in his career against the Tigers, but tonight will be his debut at Comerica Park … he’s 1-0 career vs. the Bengals with a solid 2.63 ERA with two walks and 16 strikeouts … he pitched three and a half weeks ago against Detroit at Kauffman Stadium on August 5, taking a no decision in a contest the Royals would lose, 4-3, in 10 innings … His first career outing against Detroit came in an Astros uniform on June 27, 2009 and resulted in an 8-1 win … he’s 1-0 career vs. the Bengals with a solid 2.63 ERA with two walks and 16 strikeouts.
Phil Coke enters today’s game having not allowed a run over his last 13 outings dating back to August 2, striking out 20 batters in 12 scoreless innings. He has limited opponents to a .182 batting average during that stretch.
And you think Magglio looks old. On this date in 1906, the injury-riddled Tigers call 46-year-old Sam Thompson out of retirement; he drives in two runs in a 5-1 win over the Browns. Thompson, who last played in the majors in 1898, appears in eight games and bats .226.
On this date in 1937, rookie Rudy York sets a new record for home runs in a month, hitting his 17th and 18th to eclipse Babe Ruth’s mark set in September 1927. He knocks in seven runs against Pete Appleton, as the Tigers beat Washington 12-3. Six years later, York would hit 17 in August.
How do you think Will Rhymes feels about returning to the Arizona Fall League in October? The Tigers’ Opening Day second baseman will joing five other Tigers players on the Salt River Rafters: righthanded pitcher Tyler Stohr, lefthanded pitchers Casey Crosby and Matt Hoffman, catcher Rob Brantly and Danny Worth.
Finally, Happy 66th Birthday to Van Morrison.