Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 9/17/12

Have the Detroit Tigers literally thrown their playoff chances away?

For the second consecutive day, Detroit's inability to complete a seeming routine double play played a key role in a loss.

Two "not quite" midgame turns Sunday contributed to Detroit eventually losing 7-6 to the Indians in Cleveland.

On Monday, an excellent takeout slide at second by the Chicago White Sox's Alex Rios caused Omar Infante to throw the relay of a double-play attempt into the dirt at first base.

The ball flattened out, squirted between the legs of first baseman Prince Fielder and shot into the dugout as two runs scored -- the two runs that turned a 4-3 White Sox deficit into a 5-4 victory that expanded Chicago's lead over Detroit to three games in the AL Central with 16 left.

"We had a tough double play that we didn't turn," manager Jim Leyland said flatly. "Rios got down there pretty good, and we didn't turn that double play."

It was the ninth consecutive one-run game Detroit has lost. Of the Tigers' last 11 defeats, nine have come by one run.

"We had a few chances to get a little bit more early," Leyland said. "I thought the bullpen did a terrific job. Both bullpens did actually."

Chicago's relievers retired the last 14 Detroit hitters in order. After an RBI single up the middle by Delmon Young in the fifth gave Detroit the lead back at 4-3, Jhonny Peralta hit into a double play, and the Tigers never had another baserunner.

"There's plenty of time if you win games," Leyland said. "If you don't win games, then you run out of time.

"But if you win games, there's plenty of time. I think that's the way I would look at it. That's the perspective that I would keep it in myself. The fact of the matter is you have to win games. If you win games, there's plenty of time left."

Tough to do, though, if you keep throwing them away.

Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Sean Payton responds to rumors he might leave the Saints

NFL denies DeAngelo Williams’ request to wear pink all season

Arby's offers to cater Steve Spurrier's retirement party

WATCH: Antonio Gates catches 100th career TD pass

The Cubs win Game 3 loudly, set MLB record with six home runs

Report: Steve Spurrier retires as head coach of South Carolina


Blue Jays push ALDS to Game 5 with 8-4 victory over Rangers

Mike Moustakas fired up Royals with expletive-laced speech

Report: Big Ben wants to play, but longshot for Week 6

Ex-Celtic Terrence Williams denies ties to Louisville scandal

Did the NFL get major sports blog Twitter accounts suspended?

Clayton Kershaw: MLB 'bullied' into Chase Utley suspension

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Citi Field gave Chase Utley chilly reception

Mike Moustakas fired up Royals with expletive-laced speech

Clayton Kershaw: MLB "bullied" into Chase Utley suspension

Michael Jordan really likes Jeremy Lin

Texas governor makes embarrassing Astros flub

Ruben Amaro Jr. looking to become MLB manager

Steve Sarkisian fired by USC

USC enabled and snitched on Steve Sarkisian

Colin Kaepernick believes the 49ers could still go 12-4

Tommy Lasorda calls for rule change following Chase Utley incident

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Follow Yardbarker