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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 five hits in 5 2-3 innings with six strikeouts and a walk as the Tigers rebounded from a 10-4 loss to Texas on Thursday night in which ace Justin Verlander was knocked out in the third inning. Porcello is 2-0 with a 3.24 ERA in four starts since giving up nine runs in two-thirds of an inning April 20 against the Los Angeles Angels.
Govany Soto homered in his second straight game, a solo shot off Porcello leading off the fifth that cut the Rangers' deficit in half.
Joaquin Benoit escaped a first-and-third jam with one out in the eighth when he induced Nelson Cruz's double-play grounder.
Jose Valverde got three groundouts around a one-out walk to Soto in the ninth, getting his fourth save in five chances this season.
Rookie Nick Tepesch (3-4) gave up two runs, six hits and three walks in five innings as Detroit stopped the Rangers' three-game winning streak.
Andy Dirks led off the fifth with a bloop single to center and advanced to second on a groundout.
Cabrera, hitting .509 (27 for 53) with runners in scoring position, lined an 0-1 pitchoff the wall in left field near the out of town scoreboard for his AL-leading 42nd RBI. Cabrera scored on Alex Avila's sacrifice fly.
Cabrera nearly put Detroit ahead in the third when he singled to center with Dirks on second base. Leonys Martin made a perfect throw to Soto at the plate for the out.
NOTES: Texas RHP Alexi Ogando, placed on the DL Thursday with right biceps tendinitis, underwent an MRI that showed no structural damage. ... Texas 2B Ian Kinsler did not start because of bruised ribs after he was hit by a Verlander pitch Thursday night. Kinsler entered in the ninth as pinch runner. ... Detroit's Torii Hunter is two home runs shy of 300 in his career. ... Rangers RHP Justin Miller (right elbow surgery) was scheduled to begin a rehab assignment Friday night at Double-A Frisco.
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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...
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.
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)
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...
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
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...
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- David Murphy put Texas ahead with a three-run home run, and the Rangers spoiled a three-homer game from Miguel Cabrera with an 11-8 victory against the Detroit Tigers on Sunday night.
Murphy's shot just over the fence in right field gave Texas an 8-7 lead and answered a bases-loaded double from Prince Fielder that put Detroit up by two in the sixth inning...
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....
Detroit fans have a new Triple Crown winner to celebrate and he doesn’t go by the name of Miguel Cabrera. Former Detroit Lions wide receiver Titus Young has had a rough week, to say the least. The former 2nd round draft pick in 2011 hit the trifecta after being arrested three times in the past week, making his chances of a return to the NFL about as slim as Tayshaun Prince’s...