Found July 11, 2013 on Tigers Weblog:
50-41, 1st place, 2.5 ahead of Cleveland. Onward and upward after a series against the White Sox that was, shall we say, insulting. Now come the Texas Rangers, a formidable opponent that matches up favorably against the Tigers just about any way you look at it. The optimist’s view would be that this is one of those rise to the occasion opportunities. Ah, the bullpen. When will that third trustworthy arm emerge? But wait, there’s good news to cheer about. Miguel Cabrera. Max Scherzer. Matt Tuiasosopo. Victor Martinez. Torii Hunter. Yes, the Detroit Tigers are a good team. As frustrating as it can be when the offense is in a funk, or the starting pitching gets a bit soft, or when a bit of defensive or baserunning clown show darkens our view of a team rather average in these respects, the Tigers are a good team. The only thing standing between them and October baseball, aside from catastrophic injuries, is 71 more games with that bullpen. If you think Sanchez was left in too long, all that amounts to is saying that you wish Alburquerque or Coke or Putkonen or (had he been available) Downs would have given up the slam instead. That’s one way of encapsulating the bullpen situation. Another is: Evan Reed. Evan Reed? Big series ahead. Let’s start it off right. Time for Doug Fister to shake off those first-inning blues and for Justin Grimm to be brought down to earth at Comerica. Lineup to come, unless the ever-adroit Coleman or new challenger Vince beat me to it.

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Torii Hunter avoids HR ball thrown back on field

Video: Almost hit by his own fan..

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Tigers 7, Rangers 2

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