Originally written 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 ...
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