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The Score: Tigers 11 – Twins 6
The Gist: Who saw this coming? Not I. Thanks to a blown call by the umpires, the Tigers were able to mount a comeback against Twins starter Scott Baker, relievers Ron Mahay, Pat Neshek and the and rescue their own starter, Max Scherzer.
Magglio Ordonez went 3 for 4 with three RBI and Brandon Inge continued his recent power surge with a solo homer that sparked a four-run fourth. The Tigers tacked on six more in the sixth behind doubles by Austin Jackson and Brennan Boesch. Brad Thomas had his best outing as a Tiger, pitching 2.1 scoreless innings in relief of Scherzer and earned the win. Oh, and guess what? Jim Thome hit another home run against the Tigers.
The Quote: “The Tigers are a team without a pulse.” — Eric Karabell, host of ESPN’s The Baseball Today Podcast
The Stat: 10 – The number of hits Scherzer allowed in a Porcello-like 3.2 innings pitched.
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Dontrelle Willis (0-1, 5.00 ERA) vs. RHP Carl Pavano (3-1, 4.24 ERA)
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The cynical view, of course, is that we all knew Carlos Guillen would make at least one appearance on the disabled list this season.
But come on, who had him on the shelf in the third week of the season?
Certainly not Jim Leyland. But that’s the sitch as the Tigers’s number-five hitter lands on the shelf for the next 15 days.
The silver lining to this cloud is that the Tigers (and Tigers fans) get to see left-handed slugger Brennan Boesch, who was promoted this morning to take Guillen’s place on the roster. (He’ll wear number 26.)
The 25-year-old Boesch won the Double-A Eastern League home-run title last year and is batting .379 and leading the Triple-A International League in RBIs this season for Toledo.
What does it mean for the Tigers lineup as they head to Arlington for a four-game wrap-around series against the Rangers? For starters, it likely means we’ll see more of Ryan Raburn and Don Kelly.
In terms of the batting order, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Miguel Cabrera and Magglio Ordonez flipped (something that Fox Sports’ Jon Paul Morosi believes too).
The next 15 days will be interesting for sure. And on that 15th day (assuming Guillen returns on schedule) you have to wonder if it’s Boesch that gets sent back down or someone like Brad Thomas that’s shown the door.