The Tigers’ #45 turns 33 today.
Also celebrating today is Tigers short-timer Les Lancaster.
Yesterday was Milt Wilcox‘s 58th (!) birthday.
The Gist: The bullpen reversed its recent trend of hideous performances and bailed out the now officially gimpy Dontrelle Willis to beat the White Sox 5-2 in Reykjavik. Aquilino Lopez shut down the White Sox over four innings and Clete Thomas (2-5 and a rifle throw to cut down Jermaine Dye at second) continues to make a name for himself on this team.
The Quote: “I’m all right.” — the wobbly Willis, moments before Jim Leyland removed him from the game after only 14 pitches.
The Stat: 0. The number of hits allowed by much-maligned Jason Grilli.
Bonus news nugget: Macay McBride out for the year.