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Rick Porcello and some fine work by the bullpen gave the Detroit Tigers the lift they needed on Friday night in a 2-1 win over the Texas Rangers. Porcello, following difficult outings by Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander, struck out six and allowed just one run over 5.2 innings to pick up his second win of the year.
Jose Ortega, Drew Smyly, Joaquin Benoit and Jose Valverde then combined for 3.1 scoreless innings, with Benoit inducing a critical 4-6-3 double play off Nelson Cruz in the eighth and Valverde stranding the tying run at second in the ninth.
The Tigers plated both their runs in the fifth inning off Texas starter Nick Tepesch. Miguel Cabrera opened the scoring with an RBI double to chase home Andy Dirks; Alex Avila later followed with a deep sacrifice fly.
Tigers’ MVP: Porcello.
Verlander has slumped lately, but Porcello has raised his game in May. After a rough April, Porcello has posted a 3.46 ERA this month and allowed three runs or less in each of his three starts. His six K’s on Friday night also gave him six or more strikeouts in every May outing.
Tigers’ Goat: Torii Hunter.
The Tigers’ right fielder put up an 0-for-5 in this one, his third consecutive game without a hit — Hunter is 0-for-11 in that stretch. Andy Dirks managed to reach base twice via hits, so Hunter’s inability to come through made it particularly difficult for Detroit to stretch its lead.
Checking the Standings: The Tigers win bumped them to 23-17 on the year and helped them stay tied with Cleveland in the AL Central. The Indians knocked off the Mariners Friday on a walk-off Jason Kipnis homer.
What’s Next: Game three of four in this weekend set against the Rangers will see Anibal Sanchez (4-3) take on Texas righty Justin Grimm (2-3). Start time is 8:05 p.m. ET.
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
The Detroit Tigers have recalled right-handed pitcher Evan Reed to take the place of Al Alburquerque on the active roster as he was optioned to their Triple-A Toledo minor league affiliate today. This is not a permanent move, but rather a move where the brass would like to see the young reliever regain his command. As soon as he finds it, he should be back up. Reed will pitch middle...
As previously noted on this website, getting hit in the groin by any sort of ball isn't a fun prospect for most male athletes and the latest to join that club is Tigers catcher Alex Avila.
Watch as a foul tip by Rangers infielder Elvis Andrus hit Avila in the private region:
(Courtesy of Guyism)
A 62 MPH BENDER
Does anyone have a more wicked pitching arsenal than Yu Darvish? The Texas Rangers stud pitcher matched up with Justin Verlander on Thursday in a game that surprisingly turned into a slugfest. While Verlander was rocked and couldn’t make it through three innings, Darvish got through eight to pick up his seventh win of the season. But there was one moment in particular that must...
This happens every other game he catches - ain't no way Alex Avila is having a son drafted by the Tigers.
Tigers also lose, 7-2.
GIF via World of Isaac
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Miguel Cabrera went 3 for 4 with a go-ahead double in the sixth inning to back Rick Porcello and lift the Detroit Tigers over the Texas Rangers 2-1 Friday night in a matchup of division leaders.
Jim Leyland earned his 1,699th win as a major league manager as the Tigers remained tied with Cleveland atop the AL Central.
Porcello (2-2) allowed one run and...
It's been awhile since I've seen an "Eephus pitch" thrown at the Major League level but clearly, Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish knows how to use it.
Watch as he delivers a 62-mph pitch past Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera:
(Courtesy of It's Always Sunny in Detroit)
When you can’t beat him (Cabrera was 3 for 9 lifetime off Darvish), throw it like a dad would to his ten-year old son.
Photo Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY SPORTS
Lance Lynn is off to another hot start this season, but just like last year it wasn’t meant to last. Another correction is coming soon. He just can’t sustain success throwing the fastball 70% of the time. Gio Gonzalez, Clayton Kershaw, and David Price are the only 3 pitchers from 2010-2012 to post gaudy stats throwing the heat over...
22-16, 1st place, .5 games up.
The Tigers are 6-1 v. the Astros, outscoring them 55-19. (They could be 7-0 with a margin of 59-19 if Tiger stadium weren’t so big…) They are 16-15 versus everyone else. So how good are the Tigers, really? Well, the numbers, as posted by Coleman yesterday, are pretty darn good. Exceptional to be honest.
But only 1 game above .500 against everyone...
At the best of times, the Texas Rangers are a tough matchup for the Detroit Tigers.
Remember the 2011 ALCS?
Saturday, the Tigers made it easy for them.
Two errors, a passed ball, a missed catch by Torii Hunter and an inability to keep the Rangers from stealing bases helped the Rangers post a comfortable, 7-2 victory in the third game of a four-game series.
The Tigers fell behind...
22-17, 1st place, tied w/Cle.
Yu gotta be kidding me. That was awful. Worst inning of Verlander’s career.
Let’s move on to the next game as soon as possible.
We’ll need little Ricky P to step up tonight or else we’ll be in danger of a very nasty 4 game series. (1-3 always feels like getting swept to me, and 2-2 on the road feels like a win).
The Rangers will throw out rookie...
23-17, 2nd place, .5 games behind Cle (won earlier today)
Wow, what a game last night. Spectacular effort by Porcello (that’s now 24 Ks in his last 25 IPs – 3.24 ERA and a .96 WHIP…pretty salty), and the bullpen was almost as good. Luckily, I was at a graduation celebration last night and didn’t have to stomach Valverde in the 9th. Kudos to those of you who stuck it out....