Good Sunday Morning. Eleven-game winning streak or no, losing to the Twins stinks.
Leading Off: Brad Penny struggled with his command and the Tigers couldn’t figure out Scott Baker, who made his first start since July 5, and the Tigers lost 4-1, ending their 11-game winning streak against the Twins.
Around the Central: The Indians and White Sox were rained out in Cleveland, and the Royals beat the Rays again, this time 5-4 in Kansas City.
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The Tigers are in first place, 53-47, one game ahead of the Indians.
There are seven days left until the trade deadline.
Happy 46th Birthday, Joe Oliver.
Ten years ago today The Yankees edged the Tigers, 6-5, despite an eighth inning blast by Juan Encarnacion, off Ramiro Mendoza, that landed in the second row of the empty blue bleacher seats in left-center. It was believed to be the first ball hit into that area since Yankee Stadium was remodeled in 1976.
Don Kelly, Jack-of-All-Trades: The Tigers’ utilityman gets major play in today’s New York Times:
Kelly, the do-everything Detroit Tiger, is the only active major leaguer who has played everywhere. A few weeks ago, over three games, he added pitcher and catcher to complete his tour of the nine defensive spots.
Kelly, 31, was drafted by Detroit as a shortstop in 2001. Two years later, with Class A Lakeland, he shifted to third for Anderson Hernandez. When Ryan Raburn took his job at third base, Kelly spent time at second and first.
A great quote from Kelly on his experience behind the plate:
“The strangest thing is when you go to catch the ball and they hit it, and there’s nothing there,” Kelly said. “You’re expecting a 95 fastball and squeezing air. It was pretty crazy.”
FYI: Here’s how the Tigers fare when these starting pitchers take the hill:
- Brad Penny: 10-10
- Rick Porcello: 11-7
- Max Scherzer: 14-7
- Justin Verlander: 14-8
- Duane Below: 0-1
- Phil Coke: 4-10
- Charlie Furbush: 0-2
- Andy Oliver: 0-2
Finally, Happy 62nd Birthday to actor Michael Richards.