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Jose Valverde had been 3-for-3 on save opportunities with five scoreless innings since rejoining the Detroit Tigers. Sunday, he looked a little more like the struggling closer that the franchise tried to move on without this offseason.
Valverde, while throwing nothing but fastballs in a 29-pitch performance, walked two batters and allowed a game-tying single to Michael Brantley in the top of the ninth. The Indians then punched across a game-winning run off Darin Downs in the 10th to steal the game, and the series, 4-3.
The Tigers had more than enough chances to blow the game open, including in the fourth — they scored once, then loaded the bases with one out for Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder. But Cabrera popped out and Fielder K’d to end the threat.
Tigers’ MVP: Rick Porcello.
Brayan Pena had a big day for Detroit, too, delivering three hits and a two-run homer. But Porcello scratched and clawed his way through six solid innings, leaving with a 3-2 lead after allowing just four hits and striking out six. He induced a 4-6-3 double play on Asdrubal Cabrera with the bases loaded and one out in the fifth, preserving a one-run lead.
Tigers’ Goat: Valverde.
No doubt Valverde will blame the biting chill Sunday on his inability (or unwillingness) to throw his split-finger. But without it, he flailed on the mound against the Tribe. Making matters worse, his fastball command was all over the place — a leadoff walk to Michael Bourn, with a steal shortly after, set the table for the blown save; a walk to Jason Giambi with two down then forced Brantley to the dish.
If Valverde is back down to just one pitch, he’s going to have a lot of the same problems he had late last season.
Checking the Standings: Back-to-back one-run losses to the Indians erased Detroit’s lead in the AL Central. The Tigers and Tribe are now tied atop the division at 20-15, with the Royals 1.5 back at 18-16.
What’s Next: The Tigers have a chance to get back on track before a long road trip, with the Houston Astros visiting Monday through Wednesday for a three-game series. Detroit swept four in Houston just last week.
BEST OF MAXIM
The Detroit Tigers just lost 4 out of 5 games, albeit by a total of just 5 runs. It’s funny how a stretch like this can bring out the ‘Jhonny Peralta has no range’ haters, the ‘Papa Grande has no arsenal’ realists, and the ‘I’m telling you, the Tigers just don’t have what it takes’ buffoons.
Avisail Garcia is back
The Tigers are still a solid 20-15, tied for 1st...
Ouch. No hitter ever wants to get beaned on any part of their body by a pitch travelling upwards of 80 mph, especially in the region where the family jewels are located.
During a baseball game Saturday night between the Detroit Tigers and Cleveland Indians, slugger Prince Fielder’s jewels were put in harms way when he got hit in that area by a Joe Smith 81 mph breaking ball...
Tigers center fielder Austin Jackson was put on the 15-day disabled list Monday because of a pulled left hamstring, leaving the Tigers without a talented leadoff hitter who also covers a lot of ground defensively in spacious Comerica Park.
The move is retroactive to Sunday, when Jackson missed a game against Cleveland following the injury.
''You want to make sure it'...
Detroit Tigers: 20-15, 2nd Place (.5 behind Cleveland)
The Tigers slipped down into 2nd place after losing 2-of-3 to the Cleveland Native Americans, and even though they didn’t win the series there were some things to like about how they played (and things not to like).
The big news for today though, is that the Tigers put center fielder Austin Jackson on the 15-Day DL with a sore...
Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland elected to give Austin Jackson a day off yesterday, allowing the center fielder to rest his sore hamstring. Leyland said Jackson could have played but was held out of the lineup for precautionary reasons, according to Jason Beck of MLB.com.
"He can go," Leyland said, "but it's hard for
him to really burn into that extra...
DETROIT -- Yes, Tigers fans, that was really Justin Verlander on the mound Saturday night.
He may have looked like Jamie Moyer or late-career Frank Tanana, but it was the Tigers ace trying to survive a game without his legendary fastball. It didn't go well.
Verlander did strike out seven batters in his five innings mostly with his changeup and curveball but the lack of a...
Quick Detroit Tigers update from Monday morning …
Austin Jackson has been placed on 15-day DL, retro to 5/12, w/pulled right hamstring. Avisail Garcia recalled from Toledo today. #tigers
— Rick Thompson (@Thompson_Tigers) May 13, 2013
That’s a tough break for the Tigers, what with Jackson off to a strong start this season. However, he had struggled lately due to that hamstring...
The Detroit Tigers have activated left-handed pitcher Phil Coke from the 15-day disabled list after having strained his left groin a few weeks back. To make room for him on the active roster Luke Putkonen was optioned to their Triple-A Toledo minor league affiliate. Coke resumes the role as lefty specialist and late inning relief man.
The post Detroit Tigers Activate Phil Coke...
Despite the loss on Saturday, Justin Verlander is off to arguably the best start of his career, with an ERA under two, an FIP just barely over two, while striking out ten batters per nine innings. Despite those results, much has been made about Justin Verlander’s velocity dip so far this season. As a potential leading indicator of injury or declined performance, should Tigers fans be worried?
BY DAVE HOGGFOXSportsDetroit.com
The Tigers knew they were going to have to find a roster spot for red-hot Avisail Garcia. They weren't expecting to come at the expense of Austin Jackson.
Detroit placed Jackson on the 15-day disabled list Monday with a sore hamstring and called up Garcia, who has hit .432 after a spring-training heel problem caused him to get a late start on...
The Detroit Tigers Austin Jackson is going to require more than a few days off for his ailing right hamstring to heal. The Tigers placed the 26-year-old Jackson on the 15 day disabled list and recalled outfielder Avasail Garcia.
Jackson, 26, is batting .272/.333/.371 with two homers and five stolen bases this season. Andy Dirks is likely going to hit in the leadoff spot normally...
Having won 10 of 11 and fresh off a four game sweep of Oakland, the Tribe headed north to the Motor City looking to stay hot for a weekend series against the AL Central leading Tigers. The Tigers however wanted no part of succumbing to the Indians’ winning ways and thumped the Tribe 10-4 with Max Scherzer getting the win and Corey Kluber picking up the loss.
The Indians jumped...
Each Monday, good or bad, we’ll look back at the biggest theme of the week that was for the Detroit Tigers.
Though the Detroit Tigers dropped two closely contested games to the Washington Nationals over the week, the biggest story was plucky play of a Central Division rival over the weekend, who made an early season statement by winning two of three games in the Motor City.