A new level of scoreboard watching for the Tigers
For the most part, Jim Leyland has tried to steer clear of questions about the postseason or about clinching a spot in it. They’ve put themselves in a good position, he would say, but that’s all. On Friday, he said more than once that they have to find a way to get to 1.
Still, he was a little more open about their situation Friday. And when a reporter asked him if it would mean more to win their way in tonight rather than counting on a Indians loss, Leyland showed no difference. However they get it done, they get it done.
“If they happen to flash up Minnesota 8, Cleveland 2 [on the scoreboard], that wouldn’t bother me,” Leyland said. “We have to get to one somehow.”
Leyland admits they’re checking the scores, which isn’t hard to do given the out-of-town scoreboard posted on the right-field wall here at Oakland Coliseum. But, he cautions, he doesn’t take their attention away from the task at hand.
Tonight’s Twins-Indians tilt just started as I write this point. The Tigers-A’s game begins a couple hours later, so they could have a fair idea before Austin Jackson leads off the game. We shall see.