Tigers Today: June 30, 2010

BallBatGrass.jpgTigers’ Record:

41-35, 2nd place; 1/2-game behind Minnesota

Today’s Game

Tigers @ Twins | 1:10 p.m. ET – Target Field | On the air: FSD/AM 1270 and 97.1 FM

Pitching Matchup

Andy Oliver (0-1, 3.00 ERA) vs. Kevin Slowey (7-5, 4.79 ERA)

Yesterday’s Results

Twins 11 – Tigers 4

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Tigers Today: June 29, 2010

Tigers’ Record:

41-34, 1st place; 1/2-game lead

Today’s Game

Tigers @ Twins| 8:10 p.m. ET – Target Field | On the air: FSD/AM 1270 and 97.1 FM

Pitching Matchup

Armando Galarraga (3-1, 3.68 ERA) vs. RHP Nick Blackburn (6-5, 6.10 ERA)

Yesterday’s Results

Tigers 7 – Twins 5

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Series Preview: Tigers @ Twins

twinsLogo.jpgThe Tigers are visiting Target Field for the second time this season and, just like on May 3, they enter play just a half-game behind the Twins. Three days later Detroit was 3.5 games back. Bygones.

Among the many differences between the Tigers of May and the Tigers of late June — an overhauled rotation, a new second baseman, a new shortstop — is that today’s Tigers also must contend with a surging White Sox club. Depending how this series and the Sox’s series against the Royals pan out, the Tigers could be in first, second or third.

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Game 158: Tables Turned!

ESPN highlights available here.

The Score: Tigers 7 – Twins 2

The Gist: Eddie Bonine walked the tightrope in the first inning but was just giving the Twins a taste of Tuesday afternoon’s medicine: a starting pitcher teetering on a horrific start only to rebound and stifle the opponent the rest of the way. Tuesday’s Nick Blackburn is Wednesday’s Eddie Bonine. He allowed seven hits in the first two innings but none over his next three to earn his first win of the year. Magglio Ordonez’s remarkably timed resurgence continues to amaze: three more RBI on a smoked liner to left center. We could gush all night long about a much-needed semi-laugher.

The Quote: “You need everyone on your team to step up right now, and that’s what happened tonight.”Jim Leyland

The Stat: .300 – Ordonez’s batting average when he came to the plate in the seventh. Who’da thunk it? Certainly not Lynn Henning.

The Stat II: 4 – The number of wins the Tigers need to reach my pre-season prediction of 89 wins. Can they run the table?

Up Next: Twins @ Tigers — 1:05 p.m. ET

Nate Robertson (2-2, 5.56 ERA) vs. Scott Baker (14-9, 4.48)

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Game 156: Microcosm

ESPN highlights available here.

The Score: Twins 3 – Tigers 2, 10 innings

The Gist: Stop us if you heard this one: The Tigers had plenty of baserunners but a dearth of clutch hitters. Rick Porcello was lights-out for the Tigers over six-and-a-third innings but his offense made Nick Blackburn look like Bert Blyleven. And just like that, the Tigers’ lead is one game. Blackburn retired 12 Tigers in a row at one point as the offense hibernated.

The View: All year long I’ve been wanting to say that this team has no heart. But a team that spends the better part of four months in first place deserves the benefit of the doubt. Until now. Who cares that they rallied back from a 5-0 deficit against the White Sox three days ago? The Tigers had a chance today to make a statement — about the series and the season — and they did: “We can’t hit.”

The Quote: “[crickets]” — The Tigers’ offense.

The Stat: 100Joe Nathan‘s save percentage against the Tigers in 30 attempts.

Up Next: Twins @ Tigers – Game 2 Tonight – 7 p.m. ET

Justin Verlander (17-9, 3.41 ERA) vs. Brian Duensing (5-1, 3.33)

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