On the next-to-last day of the 2009 season, with the Tigers’ fate still undecided, we continue our series on the Tigers’ and Blue Jays’ battle for the A.L. East crown on the next-to-last day of the 1987 season.
American League East Standings: October 3, 1987
As they had in Toronto nine days earlier, the two veteran pitchers sparkled. The Jays grabbed an early 1-0 lead. The Tigers countered with a Mike Heath single and Bill Madlock double to knot the game. Both teams scored in the fifth.
But over the next seven innings neither team scored. Morris pitched nine strong innings to Flanaganâ€™s 11.
â€œIâ€™ve been in this league eight years facing Flanagan, and Iâ€™ve never seen him better,â€ Tom Brookens said to the Free Press‘s John Lowe.