Wednesday: Tigers vs. Royals

The Tigers had an abrupt adjustment in approach when starting pitcher Felipe Paulino was scratched with back spasms. Nate Adcock gets the start, but it doesn’t change the approach. Ramon Santiago gives Jhonny Peralta a day off at shortstop, while Don Kelly starts in right field.


  1. Austin Jackson, CF
  2. Ramon Santiago, SS
  3. Delmon Young, LF
  4. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  5. Victor Martinez, DH
  6. Alex Avila, C
  7. Wilson Betemit, 3B
  8. Ryan Raburn, 2B
  9. Don Kelly, RF

P: Rick Porcello


  1. Alex Gordon, LF
  2. Melky Cabrera, CF
  3. Billy Butler, DH
  4. Eric Hosmer, 1B
  5. Jeff Francoeur, RF
  6. Mike Moustakas, 3B
  7. Johnny Giavotella, 2B
  8. Salvador Perez, C
  9. Alcides Escobar, SS

P: Nathan Adcock


Say it ain’t so. AJ doubled, Ramon sac bunt, Delmon sac fly. Sweet! Hosner homered. Let’s score some more runs!

This KC team is playing some good ball.

Always against the Tigers!

KC does always seem to have our number, luckily not today!
Did not see the game, kept in touch a bit online, just enough to see AJax having an amazing day at the plate – good for him. If he gets on my guess is many times someone can move him around, helps when he gets on and is on 2nd or 3rd to start with!

Looks like AJ went 4 for 4. Nobody else did much, until the 8th inning. I do not want to spoil it so don’t read this if you just want to watch the replay tonight. Can you say Wilson Betemit?

Couple of good wins here. Jackson obviously had an All Star type day, but Porcello kept us in it. I was worried (and still am) about the LH hitters, but he ended up having pitched a pretty good game. The Royals are no fun to play right now. Chris Getz must be a whale of a secondbaseman if he went in defensively for Giavotella. Hosmer has a bright future, I’m very impressed with him. That club gets some pitching and they can join in the Central Divison free-for-all.
Kelly was thaaaat close to falling down as he backpedaled for the final out. Don’t need a heart monitor, just watch that play. Yikes.
To keep pounding it home ad nauseum, this is a much better team with Santiago. That first inning DP was a beauty. Even Raburn looked good on the pivot.
If there’s a more professional hitter than Victor, I haven’t heard of him. To think he’s doing all this in his first year as a DH, it’s scary good.
The next week of play won’t settle anything, but it will give us a good indication of what kind of September it’s going to be. That much is for sure.

Just got back from the game! Nice, I have been complaining about no mojo, well there was mojo the last few days!

They need to catch the Rangers and setup the homefield advantage against NY.
I was worried (and still am) about the LH hitters, excuse me if i disadgree but Detroit RHBs are better against RHP than against LHP. And the two real LHbs , one bats better against LHPs and the other has a 10 points gap between both. So the real problem is to find someone that can bat against lefties

I was talking about Porcello pitching to LH hitters. Sorry if I wasn’t clear.

“People wonder why I play so many different lineups, but that’s what you have to do when you want to win a division,” Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. “You don’t win unless you get contributions from everyone, and you have to play them so that they are ready to make a play when you need them.”

This coming from a manager who hasn’t won a division in 20 years. 😉

Just got back from the game – traffic stunk today. Besides porcello not being sharp -> the game was great! I sat just the other side of the tigers bullpen….so i got a really good look at Delmon’s awful defense.

Traffic was terrible going home usually takes no more than 15 minutes, today 1 hour to get home to Royal Oak. Going down was great either, but getting home took forever!

A come from behind win and again with nothing to spare.
Apart from the shot nerves, awesome!!

Kelly misread the game ending fly ball and for an instant was scared but when he realized it had some hang time he calmed down and made the catch.

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