Game 29: Bronx Cheers

ESPN highlights available here.

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The Gist: The Tigers completed a three-game sweep of the Yankees in New York Thursday night — the first since yours truly was a negative two years old — with an 8-4 win. Ramon Santiago, in his first start at shortstop this year, hit a key triple in the sixth to break a 4-4 tie. Miguel Cabrera had a monster night: triple, homer, three RBI. Magglio Ordonez had a three hits. Nate Robertson allowed four runs and seven hits in 5.2 innings for his first win in five career outings in Yankee Stadium.

The Quote: “It is kind of neat to think that the last series you’ll possibly play in this stadium, you swept them.” Jim Leyland

The Stat: 1. The number of games the Tigers sit below .500 — the closest they’ve been since Opening Day.

Game 21: Home Cooking Tastes Good

ESPN highlights available here.

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The Gist: When Ramon Santiago goes yard, that’s gotta be a good sign for the Tigers, right? It certainly was on Tuesday night when the Tigers’ second baseman drove in three runs and Justin Verlander finally put together the start we’d been waiting for: six innings pitched, six hits, one earned run. Mix it all together and you’ve got a 10-2 win over the Rangers. Jacque Jones also showed some life at the dish with a double and a triple.

The Quote: “I wasn’t expecting to hit one that far.” — Santiago on his 380-foot blast.

The Stat: 39. That’s the uniform number of Santiago, who deserves a nod on his big night at the plate.

Up Next: Rangers at Tigers

Kenny Rogers (1-3, 6.33) vs. Luis Mendoza (0-2, 9.00)

The Doug Report – Weak (sic) 1

OldTimeWriterXSmall.jpgGreetings,

I figured if this Drudge fellow can have his own report, why can’t I have mine? (Plus, during the school year, once a week is about all I can muster for blogging.)

Well, here I sit staring at this morning’s paper and an 0-6 record after six home games. I haven’t even found the time to read through the Free Press and News‘ preview issues (cleverly themed “Charged” and “Detroit Lumber Co.,” respectively) touting this high-powered offense and I can tell you from my first in-person viewing last night that those two sections couldn’t be further from the truth at the moment.

About the only charge emanating from the CoPa last night was the static electricity from all the fleece in the yard rubbing together as the folks tried to stay warm while a relatively balmy spring day reminded us how it can quickly turn into a dang chilling spring night in a hurry (especially when the wind picks up).

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