News You Can Use

NewspaperXSmall.jpgSome Monday morning fungoes, adapted from today’s Game Notes:

  • According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Tigers’ six runs in the eighth inning to overcome a 4-0 deficit yesterday afternoon against the Rangers marked the first time the Tigers have won a game after trailing at least 4-0 in the eighth inning or later since July 2, 1993. The frustrated club that day was also the Rangers, also 6-4 and also in Detroit.

  • Miguel Cabrera is among the major league leaders in numerous offensive categories during the month of April since the start of the 2004 season. Cabrera is tied for second among active players with 100 RBI during that stretch, while he is fourth with a .600 slugging percentage, tied for fourth with 88 runs scored, fifth with 31 home runs and seventh with a .328 batting average.

  • Yesterday’s victory capped a three-game sweep of the Texas Rangers, marking the Tigers first sweep of a season-opening series at home since winning both games of a two-game set against the Oakland Athletics April 13-15, 1993. The three-game winning streak to start the home schedule is the longest by a Tigers team since winning the first five games at home April 13-18, 1993.

  • Still worried about the bullpen? Yes, it’s early, but hey, Tigers relievers have now retired 24 consecutive batters dating back to the ninth inning of Friday’s game against the Rangers. After allowing seven runs — five of them earned — in the first two games of the season, the bullpen has posted a 2-0 record and 1.76 ERA (15.1 IP/3 ER) over the last five games. Opponents have batted .098 (5 for 51) against Tigers relievers during that stretch.

Finally, a word about today’s starter, Zach Miner. Since the start of the 2007 season, Miner has posted a 2-3 record and 3.16 ERA in 11 appearances (two starts) against the Chicago White Sox. Miner has recorded the win in each of his last two starts against the White Sox, posting a 2.25 ERA.