Found April 30, 2012 on Fox Sports Detroit:
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A week ago, Tigers fans were dealing with losing three of four to Texas. It helped that it was the Rangers, though. After all, they have won the last two American League championships. This Monday, those same fans are wishing that they could go back to the exciting days where losing three games to the Rangers was the biggest issue facing their team. Since then, the Tigers have gone 1-5, including an embarrassing sweep at home by Seattle, and seen utter chaos on the roster. A parade of pitchers have made the I-75 trip between Comerica Park and Toledo's Fifth Third Field, but the two biggest moves came on offense. First, to the great joy of many fans, Brandon Inge was released after Thursday's game. As discussed ad nauseam this season, Inge was a fairly meaningless part of the 2012 Tigers, but he had become a focal point for frustrated fans. He wasn't hitting, he was struggling to adapt to second base, and that's how you are judged. As Jim Leyland said, fans weren't booing the man who works tirelessly for charities, especially C.S. Mott Children's Hospital in Ann Arbor. They were booing the .100 batting average and the poor fielding plays. But he's gone now ... at least until he comes back to haunt Detroit when the Tigers visit the A's on their upcoming West Coast trip. The Inge move was expected. Twelve hours later, things got worse. Delmon Young was arrested outside the team hotel for an alleged altercation involving alcohol, physical violence and anti-Semitic slurs. After some negotiations with the league and the player's union, Young was placed on the restricted list while the alcohol portion of his case is evaluated. He is expected to be evaluated today, and could be eligible to return to the lineup for tonight's game. LAST WEEK: April 23: No game. The Tigers got a much-needed day off after the Rangers series. April 24: Mariners 7, TIGERS 4. Max Scherzer's command issues get him into an early 4-0 hole against the team that Philip Humber had dominated for a perfect game just three days earlier. The Mariners get a season-high 15 hits, while the Tigers settle for long homers by Alex Avila and Miguel Cabrera. April 25: Mariners 9, TIGERS 1. Adam Wilk gets bombed as Detroit's pitching woes continue. The Tigers are down 6-0 before Wilk comes out of the game in the third, and never have a chance against Mariners ace Felix Hernandez. April 26: Mariners 5, TIGERS 4. This time, it was Rick Porcello who allowed three runs in the first inning to put the Tigers in a hole. Former Tiger Charlie Furbush gets the win in relief for Seattle. April 27: YANKEES 7, Tigers 6. Justin Verlander struggles again at Yankee Stadium, but the bullpen blows a 6-5 lead by letting the Yankees tie the game in the eighth. The Yankees end up winning on Alex Avila's game-ending passed ball in the ninth. April 28: Tigers 7, YANKEES 5. The losing streak is snapped by rookie sensation Drew Smyly. In four career starts, he's 1-0 with a 1.23 ERA. Jose Valverde makes it much closer than it needs to be - allowing three runs in the ninth - but the Tigers are back in the win column. April 29: YANKEES 6, Tigers 2. Scherzer's control issues get even worse - he walks seven in less than five innings - and that provides CC Sabathia with more than enough for an easy win. The Tigers highlight? Austin Jackson almost making the catch of the decade to rob Curtis Granderson of a homer. Almost. WHO'S HOT Miguel Cabrera: He's trying to jumpstart the offense, as the slugger hit .318 with three homers and 8 RBIs in six games this week. Drew Smyly: Before this season, he had never started a game above Double-A, but he's yet to give up more than one run in a game. He and, of course, Justin Verlander, have been trying to keep the rotation afloat by themselves. WHO'S NOT Max Scherzer: A 7.77 ERA from an established starter that the Tigers needed to step up when Doug Fister went down? That's not going to get it done. Rick Porcello: A 6.45 ERA from an established starter that the Tigers needed to step up when Doug Fister went down? That's not going to get it done either. ROSTER MOVES: Things started to get busy after the Tigers were swept by Seattle. The Tigers sent Wilk and long reliever Thad Weber back to Toledo and released Inge. To replace them came Mud Hens relievers Brayan Villarreal and Luke Putkonen, along with red-hot first baseman Brad Eldred. In New York, Young was placed on the restricted list because of his arrest and replaced by second baseman Danny Worth. UPCOMING: Monday, April 30: Royals at Tigers, 7:05 p.m. Tuesday, May 1: Royals at Tigers, 7:05 p.m. Wednesday, May 2: Royals at Tigers, 1:05 p.m. Thursday, May 3: No game. Friday, May 4: White Sox at Tigers, 7:05 p.m. Saturday May 5, White Sox at Tigers, 4:05 p.m. Sunday May 6, White Sox at Tigers, 1:05 p.m.
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