In the nightcap of a doubleheader in Cleveland, the Tigers’ Cesar Gutierrez goes 7 for 7 with six singles and a double to tie a record set in 1892, in a 12-inning, 9-8 win.
Mickey Stanley‘s home run wins it for the Tigers. Gutierrez came into the game hitting .218, and was hitless in his previous 18 at bats. He will collect just seven hits in all of 1971, and 128 hits for his career.
Senators 4 – Tigers 0, at Navin Field
Twenty-three men named Heinie have played in the majors, the last in 1944. Two of them appeared in this game: future Hall of Famer (and former Tiger) Heinie Manush for the Senators and Heinie Schuble for the Tigers.
Time of game: 1 hour 35 minutes. I can’t even imagine.
April 26, 2013: Anibal Sanchez sets a new Tigers record by striking out 17 batters in 8 innings in beating the Braves, 10-0.
— Mike McClary (@DailyFungo) April 26, 2016
P.S. The 2012 club was 20-21 after the win. The same record the Tigers will have if they beat the Rays tonight.
Dontrelle Willis wins his first game in 20 months and his first in a Tigers uniform as the Tigers shut out the Rangers, 4-0.
The D-Train allowed only one hit — a double to Michael Young — in six and a third innings, and retired 17 batters in a row at one point and snapped the Rangers’ seven-game winning streak.