Justin Verlander was so close to throwing back-to-back postseason shutouts, but a ninth inning home run by Eduardo Nunez led to Jim Leyland taking Verlander out of the game after he got Brett Gardner to ground out for the first out of the ninth. Phil Coke came in and allowed two two-out singles to Mark Teixeira and … Continue Reading →
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The Tigers won this game on the strength of Anibal Sanchez, who was awesome on the mound for seven innings. Jim Leyland went with Phil Coke in the eighth and ninth innings, and he did the job.
Well, that was tiring. As mad as fans may be at Jose Valverde and Jim Leyland right now, they have to be equally as happy with Octavio Dotel and Drew Smyly, who shut down the Yankees in extra innings in a tough situation. Oh, and that guy Delmon Young, too. Young appears to always turn … Continue Reading →
Doug Fister appears to be alright after taking a ball off the inside of his wrist on his throwing hand. Fister had it tough in the first two innings, but he’s appeared to find a rhythm. The only problem is his pitch count (65), so we could still see Drew Smyly at some point if … Continue Reading →
I hate to keep repeating myself, but this is all about Justin Verlander. The Tigers ace has picked up the slack in the absence of his teammates bats, which showed signs of life early, but have been quiet due to good pitching from A’s starter Jarrod Parker. The Tigers have just five hits through six innings. … Continue Reading →
The Tigers were carried most of the day by Justin Verlander, who pitched seven-plus innings while only giving up four hits. He struck out eight and walked just two on 117 pitches. Verlander went back out for the eighth inning, but Tigers manager Jim Leyland pulled him after a Jhonny Peralta error allowed the first … Continue Reading →