Tigers at The Trop, Game 2

ST. PETERSBURG — The Tigers and Rays went into the series opener with identical records, but while Tampa Bay looks like a playoff longshot at this point, Detroit is almost on cruise control for another postseason berth. 

After Friday’s win, Tigers manager Jim Leyland had some good things to say about the Rays, a team that’s lost three of its last four and finds itself six games back of the Red Sox for the American League Wild Card lead going into Saturday’s game.
“This is the defending champion of the American League,” Leyland said. “It’s an outstanding team. And everybody says, ‘Well, what happened to the Rays?’ Nothing happened to the Rays, except for the fact that the Yankees were able to do what they can do. 
“They”ve got a great team. They’re very athletic. A lot of action. They can run, they can hit with power. They’re very impressive.”
On to the lineups. Magglio Ordonez is back in there for the Tigers, while catcher Gerald Laird and shortstop Adam Everett get the night off. 
For the Rays, Evan Longoria, who drove in two runs on Friday night and is 2-for-5 with a homer in his career against Tigers starter Armando Galarraga, is batting … sixth?
Curtis Granderson, CF
Placido Polanco, 2B
Carlos Guillen, LF
Miguel Cabrera, 1B
Aubrey Huff, DH
Ordonez, RF
Brandon Inge, 3B
Alex Avila, C
Ramon Santiago, SS
SP: Galarraga (RH)
Jason Bartlett, SS
Carl Crawford, LF
Ben Zobrist, RF
Carlos Pena, 1B
Pat Burrell, DH
Longoria, 3B
Akinori Iwamura, 2B
Gregg Zaun, C
Fernando Perez, CF
SP: James Shields (RH)
— Alden Gonzalez


Here’s hoping he’s got his good stuff tonight!

Well for heaven’s sakes, Polly with a homer.

GMan wasn’t that bad – a typical nervous first innings falling behind in the counts. A sac and one swing off a good pitch basically killed him.

Took the dog out and come back to a 4-1 score. Unbelievable. Obviously, Galarraga not off to a good start, unfortunately.

I’m not in an area with a Tigers network, so I’m reduced to the live box score for this one. What happened to Mando in the first?

These first pitch swings the past 2 games are paying dividends.

If our pitching holds up, we’re still in it. Just need a few hits and some runs driven in. It’s only 3 runs, which used to sound impossible, but the Tigers are hitting better.

Bonderman comes in. What a shock seeing him on the mound again. Hope he does well here.

Is this a spring training game – every pitcher gets a go?? -:)

This team is starting to believe – even on a bad day. 4-3 on the road since the Bosox ripoff. JL is getting creative as well.

It’s turned out to be a good game. Sure hope we can come up with the win.

1 on and no outs. Huff up to bat. C’mon Aubrey!

Oh, man, wouldn’t you just love to see Maggs hit something good here?

I missed it. My son called while I was in the kitchen. Bases loaded and we’re 2 runs up.

We’ll just have to wait and see how it plays out. Miner drives me nuts, though.

Marcus has had a career worst season but his last two at bats – the walk last night and single tonight have been huge. Great composure!!

I would have gone for Perry in lieu of Miner.

Perry is .198 and 2.12 ERA against righties with 2 leading off the 8th.

Go Zach!!! Does he keep him going for the 9th or likely straight to Lyon?

We’ll soon find out.

Great pitching by the relief corp, 4 hits in 6 2/3 innings. You couldn’t ask for anything better. Galarrraga stunk up the place. He needs to be taken out of the starting rotation. Clutch hitting and a great come from behind win. Let’s sweep tomorrow.

What a trememndous win!! Great to see all the bench guys get involved and play key roles. The bullpen just keeps playing huge.
Anyone feeling sorry for Chisox winning 4 in a row and not making up any ground??

Well I would of bet the farm this one was going to be a loss. Tremendous. I guess the people will start jumping on the bandwagon pretty soon. Pen was great. Bondo was impressive. Can’t believe it this is awesome. GO TIGERS

Since the Tigers don’t play Monday, and that’s my birthday, can Edwin Jackson please win tomorrow? That would be my wish.

Another day off the calendar. If the Tigers can win 14 of the last 27 games, the Twins would have to win 21 of their final 27 games and the WSox would have to win 21 of their last 25 games. Can anyone see that happening? I hope not. Keep the faith, Tiger fans.

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