Found September 04, 2012 on
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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't expect a lot of theatrics from the veteran manager over these final pressure-packed weeks of the regular season -- no matter how exasperating things look on the field.
Masterson pitched six solid innings Tuesday night, and the Cleveland Indians beat Detroit 3-2 for their second straight victory over the playoff-chasing Tigers.
After being swept three straight by Kansas City, Detroit turned around and took three in a row from Chicago to pull even with the White Sox atop the AL Central. Now the Tigers have lost two straight to a Cleveland team that dropped 29 of 35 before this series.
BEST OF MAXIM
DETROIT -- Apparently the discussion over Tuesday night's lineup was not finished.
There was some question as to whether manager Jim Leyland told radio play-by-play broadcaster Dan Dickerson that Delmon Young -- who's 3-for-20 against Cleveland's starter Tuesday, Justin Masterson -- asked to sit out the game.
Here's what Leyland told Dickerson:
"Hes real nasty...
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...
Pitching carried Detroit in its 7-1 victory over Cleveland on Wednesday night and, like the good ex-catcher and longtime manager that he is, Jim Leyland feels the guys on the mound hold the key to the Tigers' hopes of making the postseason. "Our pitching is going to be the thing that hangs us (in there)," Leyland said. "(Justin) Verlander, (Max Scherzer) and...
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...
For what felt like the 50th time this season, Jim Leyland ranted on Tuesday afternoon against those who dare to question his lineup. Continue reading →
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...
Player of the Game
Justin Masterson showed why he's the ace yet again, winning tonight's Player of the Game, his team leading 14th on the year. Masterson earned 3.98 points from 6 innings pitched, only allowing two runs and four hits while recording the win. Chris Perez and Vinnie Pestano each had scores over one as well as they continue to match each other with 34 saves...
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...
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...
Detroit Tigers, 72-62, 2nd place, 1 back, 3 back for WC spot.
Apparently sweeping the White Sox is a momentum killer. The last time the Tigers swept the White Sox they followed up by losing to Cleveland, who took 2-of-3 for the series.
Well, you know the old saying that momentum in baseball is the next day’s starting pitcher. Except…Anibal Sanchez did well, and the Tigers...
It’s been awhile since we’ve done one of these, so, if for no other earthly reason than to prove that someone is watching these games, let’s get off a live-blog.
7:38 PM – Getting started late, which, if you’re new to these things, is nothing new for me. But believe it or not, the Indians have the early lead in this one. In the top of the second, Santana leads off with...