Found July 07, 2012 on
Kansas City Royals
Detroit Tigers, 42-42, 4 1/2 games behind Chicago.
Today the Tigers have a chance to win 4 in a row, which they last did when their starting second baseman was named Brandon Inge (April 15-18), and would tie their longest winning streak of the season. Indicators are positive: the April 4-game winning streak was also against the Royals.
The Tigers will send Doug “Five-Inning” Fister out to the mound, who seems to have misplaced his fastball velocity when he returned from the DL. The Royals counter with their lefty-du-jour, sometimes troublesome Bruce Chen (3-1, 3.00 in his last 4 vs. Detroit).
The player of the game last night was Drew Smyly, who once again struggled after the 4th inning, but pulled it together, clowns be damned. And what a first 4 innings those were: Smyly struck out 9 batters, and only gave up 2 singles and no walks. The Royals seemed to have no idea what he was throwing. Was it a new pitch?
Or maybe he was just trying to impress Kate Upton. Yes, apparently Miss Upton has jumped on the Tiger bandwagon now that they are a .500 club. Her appearance at Comerica last night set off a Twitter firestorm.
Personally, I have more important things to worry about. Like these 4:00 starts. When they do day/night game splits, they count as day games. But don’t you think there are players who struggle in early day games, but do perfectly fine in 4:00 games? Should there be a 3rd category in the splits? Who has time for supermodel gossip when there are issues like this at hand?
Stat of the Day: The Tigers have attempted 41 stolen bases this season (33 successful), the lowest number of attempts in all of MLB.
Today’s Player of the Pre-game: Gerald Laird. The Royals like to run, and like to get caught–22 times in 75 attempts. Laird obliges, and also nails Prince Fielder with a pickoff throw as retribution for the black eye Fielder gave him.
Today’s Winning Record Lineup:
- Austin Jackson CF
- Quintin Berry LF
- Miguel Cabrera 3B
- Prince Fielder 1B
- Delmon Young DH
- Ryan Raburn RF
- Jhonny Peralta SS
- Ramon Santiago 2B
- Gerald Laird C
BEST OF MAXIM
DETROIT -- Good thing Justin Verlander wasn't starting Sunday or his whole routine would have been thrown off.
Let's just say the ride in was a bit of an adventure.
"I got a ride to the stadium from Town Car, as I usually do on days that I travel," Verlander said after Sunday's 7-1 Tigers victory over Kansas City. "On the way there, about 10 minutes out...
DETROIT -- The Tigers aren't counting on rookie Drew Smyly to carry the team, but if he can do what he did Friday, they'd be ecstatic.
Smyly (4-3) allowed just two runs on six hits while walking none and striking out 10 in the Tigers' 4-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals.
Smyly became the first Tigers rookie with double-digit strikeouts and no walks since Eric Erickson...
Although, swimsuit model Kate Upton is only twenty years old it appears that she scored some beer at a recent Detroit Tigers game.
To be fair to the beer vendor, would you deny Kate Upton?
(Courtesy of Busted Coverage)
Each year on the Sunday before the All-Star break, MLB puts on the Futures Game, gathering 50 of baseball’s top prospects and putting on a showcase game for these future stars. This year’s game, Sunday at 5PM ET, has plenty of representation from the Tigers, as three organization members are on the rosters; third baseman Nick Castellanos, catcher Rob Brantly, and reliever Bruce Rondon.
Detroit prospect Nick Castellanos hit a three-run homer during a nine-run sixth inning, and Royals minor leaguer Wil Myers added three RBI to lead the US team to a 17-5 rout of the World team in the All-Star Futures Game on Sunday.
Billy Hamilton and Manny Machado each drove in two runs for the US team, contributing to a record 22 combined runs during the annual prospect showcase...
DETROIT (AP) -- Delmon Young homered for the fourth consecutive game, Prince Fielder hit a three-run shot and Jhonny Peralta homered and drove in three runs in the Detroit Tigers 7-1 win over the Kansas City Royals on Sunday to complete a sweep of the three-game weekend series
The power display backed Max Scherzer (8-5), who allowed a run and five hits over seven innings, walking...
KANSAS CITY, MO. Justin Verlander has accrued virtually every individual honor available to a starting pitcher: a Rookie of the Year award and World Series Game 1 start in 2006; a no-hitter in 2007; Most Valuable Player and Cy Young awards, along with the second no-hitter of his career, in 2011.
Tuesday, he will add yet another: a start for the American League in the All-Star Game...
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Prince Fielder hit a two-run, game-tying homer in the first, Delmon Young had a two-run home run to pad the lead in the seventh inning and the Detroit Tigers held on to beat the Kansas City Royals 8-7 Saturday.
Detroit closer Jose Valverde started the ninth with a four-run lead and almost lost it.
Valverde walked Alex Gordon on four pitches to lead off the inning, gave up a double...
In case anyone missed it, Sports Illustrated model and maybe the hottest women on the planet right now Kate Upton attended the Tigers’ 8-7 victory over the Kansas City Royals Saturday afternoon.
The St. Joseph, Michigan native (located in the south-west portion of Mitten) is familiar face to the Tigers this season having worked with Justin Verlander on the MLB 2K12 commercials...
(AP) -- The Detroit Tigers are slowly starting to win against left-handed starters - but not thanks to Ryan Raburn.
The Tigers are expected to stick with the struggling Raburn in Friday night's opener of a three-game home set with the Kansas City Royals.
In a quirk of scheduling, Detroit (41-42) is in the midst of what will be five straight contests in which the opposing starter...
The Arizona Diamondbacks have made it clear in recent days that they will entertain trade offers for their star right fielder Justin Upton. Is it possible that he’d be a fit with the Detroit Tigers and could they put together a strong enough package to make it happen? First, we must look at the D-backs’ [...]
The Tigers capped off a big weekend at Comerica with a 7-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals earning themselves a sweep and five game winning streak as the league breaks for the All-Star Game in Kansas City.
Max Scherzer who missed his last start due to a sore hamstring looked unphased by it Sunday afternoon turning in another quality start going 7 innings allowing only 1 run on...
Riding some hot pitching and scalding bats, the Detroit Tigers surged into the second half of the season by completing a clean three game sweep of the Kansas City Royals. Sunday’s 7-1 final wasn’t as close as previous games, and … Continue reading →