Tigers at The Trop, Game 3

ST. PETERSBURG — By winning the first two games of this series, the Tigers moved to 4-2 against the Rays this season, which guarantees they’d win a season series against them for the first time since 2006. 

After Armando Galarraga’s struggles on Saturday night (six runs in 2 1/3 innings), manager Jim Leyland said he’d talk to the young righty and his coaching staff to see what the next step is. With Nate Robertson making two good starts for Detroit recently, Galarraga could find himself out of a rotation spot — which looks like it will fall on Saturday against the Twins.
We’ll find out more soon, I’m sure. 
On to the lineups, which have Ramon Santiago back in there after a two-hit night — this time taking Placido Polanco’s place at second base. 
Curtis Granderson, CF
Santiago, 2B
Carlos Guillen, LF
Miguel Cabrera, 1B
Aubrey Huff, DH
Magglio Ordonez, RF
Brandon Inge, 3B
Gerald Laird, C
Adam Everett, SS
SP: Edwin Jackson (RH)
Jason Bartlett, SS
Carl Crawford, LF
Ben Zobrist, RF
Carlos Pena, 1B
Pat Burrell, DH
Evan Longoria, 3B
Akinori Iwamura, 2B
Dioner Navarro, C
Fernando Perez, CF
SP: Wade Davis (RH)
UPDATE (2:03 P.M. ET): 
* Fernando Rodney will indeed not be available to close tonight. He’s fine, but Leyland would rather take advantage of Monday’s off-day and give him three days of rest. Jeremy Bonderman will be off, too. 
* Alex Avila’s two-run homer against James Shields in the seventh inning on Saturday was an absolute moon shoot to right field, one that bounced off the catwalk that sits just above the JumboTron beyond the right-field seats. He’s the second player to hit a home run off what’s called the “C-ring” this season, with the other being Evan Longoria on April 30. “That was a bomb,” an impressed Leyland said.
— Alden Gonzalez


Well, wouldn’t you know it. I missed Saturday’s game because we had to go see the mother-in-law. (91) I was not expecting to see what I saw when I got home. An 8-6 win, coming from behind! I have great hopes for today’s game. EJ has something to prove to his former team. The only thing I question is keeping Inge in there every game. I know he is the best defensively at 3rd but he seems to be wearing down and a one-game, two-day rest would surely help. As far as a closer is concerned, I think they could alternate Lyon with Rodney more often than they do. Give Lyon a feeling he is needed so he’ll come back next year. I know yesterdays save involved different players in a different situation, but what a relief it must have been for those of you watching to see a 1-2-3 9th inning.

Am I alone here today? Another case of Tigers never having seen Cy Davis pitch before. He struck out 6 of the first 7 batters with only Huff hitting a homerun, his first as a Tiger. Now they are popping evrything up but at least hitting the ball. Meanwhile EJ had a bad inning, givinu 2 runs. So now the Rays lead 3-1. This young pitcher has a high pitch count so far but I don’t know if the Tigers can count on the Rays bullpen collapsing again.

Holy shi+! Inge grand slam. Tigers 5-3.

I hope JL puts Jackson back out there so he can get the win.

He’s the pitcher of record. He’s got the win if the bullpen can hold it now.

Forgive me for sounding stupid, but if Edwin only pitched until the 8th, and the Tigers took the lead in the 9th, how can he get the win?

Perfect time for the Tigers to start playing up to the potential on the road. What a series!

>> No heart attack or roller coaster Rodney
Don’t forget about two Lyon’s blown saves. Don’t forget about more than 2 Rodney’s outings when he didn’t allow anything. Excellent work by the Tigers. Another good game.

>> No heart attack or roller coaster Rodney
Don’t forget about two Lyon’s blown saves. Don’t forget about more than two Rodney’s outings when he didn’t allow anything. Another good game by the Tigers.

Jlew, as someone once said, the only stupid question is the one not asked. The reason Edwin gets the win is because he was the last Tiger pitcher to pitch before the lead changed hands. He doesn’t have to pitch the 9th for the win credit.

Tigers win 5-3. Jackson a winner, Lyon a save with a 1-2-3 9th inning. No heart attack or roller coaster Rodney.

Isn’t this site hilarious! Before my comment about “heart attack or roller coaster Rodney,” was even posted, mxrussiantiger responded to it. Now if the Tigers play .500 ball the rest of the way, 13-13, the Twins will have to go 21-5 and the WSox will have to go 21-3 to pass the Tigers. Can we put those stats on the board? Yesssss!

Sorry you missed this one Rich. Actually it’s a beautiful day and I should have been outside but I watched anyway. Illinofan, you held down the fort today.
Edwin, you were simply a “beautiferous” bulldog today. Pitching from behind and giving us a chance. A picture of these 2009 Tigers.
Marcus’ walk was huge. I still believe in the guy. That’s two big time walks in this series.
Magglio, 2 hits. One of them huge. That sweet swing is back, maybe sans the power, but who cares. I don’t.
Brandon Inge has been money when it counts. I still remember him burning the Astros in the 9th a while back. People keep saying he needs a rest, he’s hurting the team……right.
True confession…..my middle name is Lyon. What difference does that make? Absolutely none. But it’s true….. It was my Garandmother’s maiden name. Didn’t admit to that early in the season:)
Getting gitty here. This is even more fun than 2006 because it has truly been a marathon and they are finishing strong. This is getting really good!
Hey Rich, just thought I saw you and your wife in one of those replays where the camera pans in randomly on fans in the stadium. It was an odd question to ask but I thought it was worth a shot. Wouldn’t ever blow your cover:)
They really need to sign Poly and Brandon for next year.
Most importantly. Ernie, I love you and my prayers are with you and your family. Your faith in God and witness, as always, are honoring and unwavering. .
If anyone hasn’t read “Tuned to Baseball”, and “Diamond Gems” you should read them.

>> Isn’t this site hilarious!
Yeah! :))) Guys, I’m so happy today! I never posted to this blog, but I wanted to protect Rodney, that saves 32 games for us! That was an unbelievable series against Tampa. This season is so emotional, even here, in Russia, where I live. Congratulations, Tigers’ fans!

Thank you, Edwin and Tigers for making my birthday wish come true! Just got home from work and checked the score. So, now, I’m gonna settle back and watch the game on the DVR. Oh, this must have been a good one!. What an exciting time to be a Tiger fan.

This game today is the very reason why I don’t believe in posting play by play on the blog. It does nothing but create high blood pressure, and egg on the face comments. The game is played on the field. I love this blog and respect all posters, but it makes more sense to comment after the final out. So I will say now: you really sense a playoff environment developing among our beloved Tigers. Yeah, Rich, even Leyland looks like a good manager over the last three days.
And I know all of the Inge haters cursed him over the three strikeouts. But he stays loyal to the team and contributes where he can. I’m beginning to feel that the guys want to win one for Ernie. Wouldn’t that just be grand? Way to go Tigers.


Another fantastic win – what a great week of Tiger baseball!! They are now 46-27 in close 2 or less run games and just love the way this has been a true team effort.
The self belief in this team just continues to grow with everyone contributing. One error the past 8 games (end of July we went 7 straight error ridden games with a 15 error total) show they are still playing loose together with the clutch walks that would have been strikeouts in seasons past.
I bet no other team has held the Rays in a home series to 0 from 3 in stolen bases with Avila also getting in on the act with Laird. Avila’s 3 passed balls in a game a week ago seems out of place now.
The starters have continued with their overall excellent pitching and look forward to Washburns next start away from home at KC. The bullpen has been the unsung heroes of the team even turning 2 blown saves into wins in the 2nd half of the season.
It has quite frankly been an amazing offensive turnaround for the Tigers with 7 hitting over .28 the past month from a minimum 30 AB’s. Confidence sure is infectious.
You have to wonder what was the catalyst.
The Carlos return may have been the beginning but I think the floodgates opened after management showed confidence in the heart of the roster with all key players retained through the trade season and 2 key additions made to fill gaps. It may be a case of learning to hit without power but I doubt it is coincidental that as Magg’s contract faded as being an issue, his bat has hotted up, albeit with less power hitting .339/.419 post break, .348/.425 in August and .5/.579 for September.
Our run in is now no harder than the Twinkies and still considerably easier than Chisox still yet to finish Bosox and the LAA road trip looming.
Sure nice to be in control of your destiny and doubt JL will let them get ahead of themselves.
It has been a long time since the Tigers were hot when it counts in the seasons second half and they now look deserving of getting to the playoffs rather than as Rich aptly put it a week or two ago as being the “best of the worst.”

Greg, today was a rarity that I didn’t post throught the game. I find it a lot of fun – nothing like making posts in the heat of battle and living or dying by the sword. -:)

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