Game 21: Twins 2 – Tigers 0

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The Score: Twins 2 – Tigers 0

The Gist: Justin Verlander was the tough-luck loser on a night when Ryan Raburn‘s lead-gloved defense cost the Tigers dearly. And on a night when Francisco Liriano showed that he might be back in pre-arm-injury form, the Tigers got fewer hits (5) than the Red Wings scored goals. Never a recipe for success.

The Quote: “Thome running around the bases is always entertaining.” — Twins manager Ron Gardenhire on Jim Thome‘s scoring from first after Raburn dropped what would’ve been the final out of the sixth.

The Stat: 7 — Verlander’s season-high in strikeouts — in 5.2 innings Tuesday night.

Up Next: Wednesday: Tigers vs. Twins @ Comerica Park | 7:05 p.m. ET | On the air: FSD/1270 & 97.1

Max Scherzer (1-1, 2.63 ERA) vs. RHP Scott Baker (2-2, 4.81 ERA)

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The Game Recaps Return!* Game 149: Tigers 6 – Twins 2

*In 2008 we posted a recap after every game. We’ll resurrect them for the stretch run and, if necessary, the postseason.

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The Score: Tigers 6 – Twins 2

The Gist: The Tigers showed the doubters among us (including yours truly) that they can win when it counts. Fungo Favorite Nate Robertson was outstanding over five innings of work, striking out six.

The Quote: “I guess we’ll have to take two out of three and now go on a long road trip.” – Twins Manager Ron Gardenhire

The Stat: 6 – The number of hits by Placido Polanco on Saturday and Sunday.

The Stat II: 83-113 – The Tigers’ all-time record at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome.

Up Next: Tigers @ Indians, Tuesday Night

Edwin Jackson (12-7, 3.37) vs LHP Aaron Laffey (7-6, 4.09)

Blogging a Thursday Matinee Game

The beauty of being self-employed: watching a Tigers matinee game on my office TV while working away. I don’t do this very often but he are my thoughts updated throughout the game.Jeremy Bonderman clearly has the slider going today.Wow, Timo Perez. As I’ve mentioned before, never in their history have the Tigers had a player named “Perez” on the roster. That streak ended last year when Neifi arrived. Chances are the Tigers are the first team in history to have a Timo and a Neifi on the 40-man.What’s with all the pop ups today?Timo Perez is wearing #19. It reminds me of the unfortunate Roger Cedeno years. Let’s hope Timo, if he’s in position to do so, shows up for the team photo.I’d like to see Mike Rabelo go yard. Today.I don’t think I’ve seen a major league game with as many key injuries as last night’s to Torii Hunter, Michael Cuddyer and Marcus Thames.Speaking of Cuddyer, he certainly doesn’t have quintessential clean-up hitter numbers: AVG .289 | HR 10 | RBI 56. I wonder why Justin Morneau doesn’t hit fourth…Timo looking too much like Craig Monroe.Uh-oh. Down a run. Better start hitting lest they want to face Joe Nathan.Good for Rabelo.Placido Polanco legs out a double. Guess his leg’s okay.Jeez, Sheff. You just cost the boys another run! > Bottom of the 7thHow big does that Sheffield blunder at second look now?Bonderman with his typical Metrodome implosion. Man, that’s getting old. > Top of 8thThey walk Curtis Granderson to face Polanco? Gutsy that Ron Gardenhire….freakin’ Neshek.> Bottom of 8thYou just knew that Morneau was overdue. Way overdue.Wow. Umpires always amaze me with their instant recall of the rule book.How in the world did they get out of that mess? Morneau will have to shoulder the blame for that one. > Top of 9thNo surprise Nathan is in this game. Gardenhire has to got to do whatever he can to prevent a Tigers sweep.Will the Tigers continue with Zach Miner in the bottom half or will they bring in Jose Capellan? Is it just me or is Capellan persona non grata in the Tigers’ bully?Think the Twins are eager to see Magglio Ordonez leave town?Sigh. > Bottom of 9thWhat can you say about that Zach Miner? > Top of 10thWho says the American League can’t play small-ball? Good for Brandon Inge. I think Nathan is the toughest closer out there so it’s about time the Tigers made some noise against him. Now, about that insurance run… Bottom of 10thHere comes that Todd Jones queasiness.Hey, Jones’s ERA is under five. When did that happen?Double pl— … d’oh!Nice and tidy by Todd Jones standards.Now I can eat lunch!