Found September 03, 2012 on Pro Sports Daily:
The latest problem facing the Detroit Tigers is left-handed relief pitching. Manager Jim Leyland has three lefties in his bullpen, and all are showing limitations to one extent or another. Leyland pulled Darin Downs, a journeyman who has done well as a lefty relief specialist in his rookie season, into a situation Monday requiring left-on-left effectiveness. Downs got a strikeout to start the seventh inning but was removed after two singles sandwiched around a walk loaded the bases. Brayan Villarreal came in and allowed a sacrifice fly that broke a 2-2 tie and gave the Cleveland Indians a 3-2 victory over Detroit, which had just swept Chicago to create a first-place tie with the White Sox in the AL Central. Phil Coke relieved with a man on third and one out in the ninth but walked a left-handed batter, Shin-Soo Choo. He was fortunate to get out of the inning without a run scoring because a baserunning blunder allowed Detroit to pull off a 3-5-2 double play. The third lef...

Garcia impresses in Tigers debut

DETROIT -- All in all, Avisail Garcia's first game in the major leagues was as good as he could have imagined. In his first at-bat, against Chicago White Sox starter Francisco Liriano Saturday night, Garcia fought off pitch after pitch before earning a 10-pitch walk. "I saw the ball good," Garcia said. "He's a good pitcher, but I saw the ball good every pitch...

Leyland: There's been no letdown after White Sox series

Manager Jim Leyland disagrees with the notion that his Detroit Tigers are having a letdown after sweeping the Chicago White Sox. After gaining a tie for first in the AL Central during the weekend, Detroit fell back when it lost Monday while Chicago was beating the Minnesota Twins. The Tigers lost a second consecutive one-run game to the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday night, falling...

Will Tigers turn sweep into momentum?

DETROIT Justin Verlander and the Tigers swept the Chicago White Sox out of Comerica Park with an emphatic 4-2 victory Sunday night on national TV, giving them a tie for the Central Division lead. But how much does it really mean at this point? "We feel like we made this statement last time, and obviously we didnt continue to play great," Verlander said. "I think...

Tigers lose second straight to Indians

DETROIT (AP) -- Jim Leyland loaded the lineup with lefties against Justin Masterson, then watched his Detroit Tigers struggle to another loss. Afterward, there wasn't a hint of panic in his voice. "I'm not frustrated," Leyland said. "I'm not going to change. We've been the same all year. We come here ready to do our job and do our best." Don...

Tigers Proving That Winning Divisions Only Easy on Paper

It wasn’t supposed to go down like this. As August turns to September in this sometimes God forsaken 2012 baseball season, this isn’t whatTigers fans had in mind for Labor Day weekend. The worries were supposed to be the usual for this time of the year: getting the kids back to school; figuring out what to throw on the grill as the outdoor cooking season winds down; wondering...

Altered game plan works for Verlander

It isn't unusual to see a game plan go out the window, but three batters in? Justin Verlander and his catcher, Gerald Laird, wasted no time switching things up Sunday after Chicago White Sox leadoff man Alejandro De Aza stunned the Detroit Tigers ace with a second-pitch homer and one out later Dewayne Wise draped a double near the line in short left field. "My fastball...

Verlander outduels Sale, Tigers complete sweep of White Sox

The Detroit Tigers (72-61) completed the sweep of the Chicago White Sox (72-61), 4-1. Detroit’s Justin Verlander (8 IP, 11 SO, 1ER) pitched eight innings of 1-run ball, proving why he is the reigning American League MVP and Cy Young award winner and why his name should be in the discussions again. The Tigers have now moved into a tie with the White Sox for the lead in the Central...

Tigers make Masterson look masterful in 3-2 loss

The Detroit Tigers continue to be one of the most difficult teams to get a gage on and one of the most frustrating teams to watch. Tuesday night the Tigers, who are in the midst of an American League Central pennant race with the Chicago White Sox made another mediocre to bad pitcher look like a consistent All-Star. This time Indians starter Justin Masterson feasted on Tigers hitters...

Detroit Tigers Follow Sweep of White Sox With 3-2 Loss to Lowly Indians

The Detroit Tigers continue to struggle against the American League's lesser teams -- a problem that may wind up costing them the Central Division. Continue reading →

Indians outlast Tigers once again

DETROIT (AP) -- Justin Masterson pitched six solid innings, and the Cleveland Indians beat Detroit 3-2 on Tuesday night for their second straight victory over the playoff-chasing Tigers. Miguel Cabrera hit a two-run homer for Detroit, but the Tigers missed another opportunity against a struggling team. Masterson (11-12) allowed two runs and four hits. He walked one and struck out...

Meet September 2012 Girl Next Door Contestant #4 – Mary Elizabeth

Mary Elizabeth 360 Page: Photo Gallery 360 Role: Girl Next Door Contestant Hometown: Troy, MI Birthday: November 5, 1991 HT: 5’7     Eye Color: Blue     Favorite Athlete: Justin Verlander Favorite Team: Detroit Tigers If you could win a date with any famous athlete, who would it be and why? Hmmm… that’s a hard [...]

MLB managers who could be on the chopping block

A tweet from ESPN's Keith Law last night got my brain racing. Law wondered if Jim Leyland would take the fall in Detroit if the Tigers don't make the playoffs in response to a reader asking if Joe Girardi would get axed in New York if the Yankees missed the playoffs. I pitched the same thing about Mike Scioscia in Anaheim, and Law agreed that Scioscia could also get the axe...

Game 2012.136: Indians at Tigers

Detroit Tigers, 72-63, 2nd place, 1 back, WC not gonna happen. Well, that’s baseball.  And you’ve got to tip your hat to Cy Masterson. Etc. Etc. See what happens when you don’t have a plan? Hopefully Kevin will use the day off tomorrow to devise something good. Or maybe we should all use the time to work on our lineup submissions. For his part, Jim Leyland had an explanation...
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