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Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

Jul 7, 2013, 8:47 AM EDT

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The Tigers are beginning to create some distance again in the American League Central standings.

Anibal Sanchez pitched efficiently in his first start back from the 15-day disabled list and Torii Hunter, Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder combined for a total of six RBI as Detroit topped Cleveland 9-4 on Saturday afternoon at Progressive Field. The Tigers are now up 3 1/2 games over the Indians in the hunt for the division title and can push that lead out to 5 1/2 games with a sweep of this four-game series (which will reach its conclusion on Monday night).

The Tigers have scored the second-most runs in the major leagues and their 3.75 staff ERA ranks ninth. Detroit’s +93 run differential is second in the bigs only to the Cardinals, who are currently +121.

Your Saturday box scores and recaps:

Orioles 4, Yankees 5

Twins 6, Blue Jays 0

Athletics 3, Royals 4

Marlins 4, Cardinals 5

Tigers 9, Indians 4

Pirates 1, Cubs 4

Padres 4, Nationals 5

Mariners 4, Reds 13

Mets 6, Brewers 7

Astros 9, Rangers 5

Braves 13, Phillies 4

Dodgers 2, Giants 4

White Sox 0, Rays 3

Red Sox 7, Angels 9  (11 innings)

Rockies 1, Diamondbacks 11

  1. chill1184 - Jul 7, 2013 at 8:57 AM

    If there was another reason I need to reinforce my hatred for national broadcast teams I got another one yesterday. The quarter wits on FOX during the Mets-Brewers game came to the retarded conclusion that Collins is a great manager based on one week of play. Never mind that Collins doesn’t know how to manage a bullpen and leaves starters in for too many innings. Apparently a small sample size of one week impresses the cliche’ squawking mental midgets that FOX disguises as baseball broadcasters.

    • Old Gator - Jul 7, 2013 at 9:25 AM

      Are you sure you weren’t watching the congressional immigration reform debate on C-Span?

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 7, 2013 at 9:37 AM

        impossible, no one watches CSPAN…

    • Old Gator - Jul 7, 2013 at 9:41 AM

      I dunno. “Squawking mental midgets” sounded more like congressmen that spawrtskastirs, who glottal-stop more than they squawk.

      • heyblueyoustink - Jul 7, 2013 at 11:55 AM

        Which rock is our commander in chief hiding under….. I mean, we still have a president, most powerful something or other, right?

        ( does $600,000 spent for Facebook likes count as some sort of suggested patriotism? )

      • Old Gator - Jul 7, 2013 at 12:57 PM

        You are as likely to find me on Facebook as sitting out on the back porch in a hailstorm reading a volume of The Hunger Games and listening to “Sweet Caroline” covered by the 1910 Fruitgum Company.

      • heyblueyoustink - Jul 7, 2013 at 1:33 PM

        I’m going to avoid going all Joe Friday in response, it is Sunday after all.

  2. Old Gator - Jul 7, 2013 at 9:04 AM

    The Iron Giant is bringing his batting woes out to the field with him now, with a throw into the dirt that helped the Cardinals score the winning run in the ninth last night. The big guy couldn’t buy a hit in a backroom deal from a Macondo city councilman right now. He’s swinging at balls in the dirt, pitches in his eyes. Offerings so far outside that Ornette Coleman couldn’t have played them. Flat 87 mph fastballs down the middle of the plate look like knuckleballs to him now. The way he’s swinging, Scrooge McLoria ought to bench him for a week and pick up Frenchy at the league minimum to give him a rest.

    Hail and farewell, Reecky Nolasco. The team’s alltime leader in just about everything was sent packing to the sunset side while Scrooge McLoria sits in his money bin counting the shekels he saved and taking showers in the steady rain of luxury tax money. The Feesh’s most highly paid players are all playing for other teams right now – Heath Bell, Black Hole Buck, the Hanster. There are some exciting young players on this team that we’ll never see reach their prime with the Feesh – they’ll all be dumped like Reecky when the money comes due – but we’ll enjoy watching them perform in the interim, even if we won’t sniff another postseason in our lifetimes. What a pathetic organization. Almost as pathetic as the league office and the player’s association, who are too tied up like pretzels in the Bufogenesis sideshow to address Scrooge’s using the payroll tax as his private pissoire.

    • umrguy42 - Jul 7, 2013 at 2:13 PM

      As a Cards fan, though, OG, this series against your Feesh came along at a good time, after that brutal swing through the AL West for my Redbirds.

  3. kcrobert10 - Jul 7, 2013 at 9:12 AM

    Time for the royals to make there move and get Stanton to man rf for the next 3 yrs.

    • Old Gator - Jul 7, 2013 at 9:23 AM

      “Does a firm persuasion that a thing is so, make it so?” He replied, “All poets believe it does. And in ages of imagination, this firm persuasion removes mountains; but many are not capable of firm persuasion of anything.”

      -William Blake

      William Blake????

      William Blake!

    • Old Gator - Jul 7, 2013 at 9:31 AM

      Robert, at risk of priggery you are going to drive me out of my fucking mind if you keep spelling “their” like “there.” Here (as opposed to “heir”): listen and learn.

      • kcrobert10 - Jul 7, 2013 at 11:44 AM

        Not an English major just a baseball fan and as a baseball fan I would hate to see someone of Stanton’s ablity waste away on team that clearly doesn’t want to compete for the next 2 yrs. I attribute his batting woes to just a desire to not want to be in Miami and very little protection around him. Not saying kc will get this deal done but the should be seriously considering it. What good are prospects in AA and high A going to do for us our window to win is for the next 3 yrs. We have plenty of upper end prospects and Miami has for intent and purposes announced they are open for business.

      • Old Gator - Jul 7, 2013 at 12:00 PM

        Yes, you’re absolutely right about that. They’ve prominently installed a large red lantern over their office door, only they’ve got a house chihuahua instead of a poodle and their whirlpool tubs are shaped like dollar signs instead of hearts. The only things that aren’t open for business at Macondo Banana Massacre Filed are most of the turnstiles, and chances are they won’t be unless Scrooge McLoria figures out some way to charge admissions to SunPass so fans can enter without his having to pay attendants to man them.

  4. uyf1950 - Jul 7, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    Nice come back win for the Yankees again to keep the winning streak alive. This time it was Overbay and the newly activated Nunez that sparked the Yankees win. Also, Ichiro has quietly gone about his business and gotten his season and BA back on track. All good signs and with Jeter and A-Rod making progress in their rehab assignments hopefully the Yankees might be able to put the peddle to the metal after the ASB.

  5. historiophiliac - Jul 7, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    The frustrating thing about the Tigers game was that it was 9-2 going into the 9th. Darin Downs gave up two runs — or more properly, former Tiger Ryan Raburn hit a two-run homer. I ask you, is there anything more annoying than getting the business from one of your lame castoffs? Also, can any of you really tell the difference between Raburn, Brennan Boesch, Don Kelly and Brandon Inge? Really?

    Sanchez was so good. Miggy went Boom! and then Prince went Boom! Man, that’s enough to make you jump up and down and spill your crappy union-made beer. Today we get the Dog and tomorrow it’s His Heterochromianess to close the series. Eeeeeeee!

    BTW, what are you doing, O’s?! Snap out of it! >:(

    • chill1184 - Jul 7, 2013 at 9:27 AM

      When doesnt Miggy go boom? In addition I cant think of a situation in MLB currently that says; “Your F-ed” than having Tigers on base but then walking Miggy to get to Fielder

      • historiophiliac - Jul 7, 2013 at 9:28 AM

        /giggling

    • Old Gator - Jul 7, 2013 at 9:27 AM

      Anibal Sanchez, the guy the Feesh didn’t want. Had to pay him. Ah well.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 7, 2013 at 9:28 AM

        Detroit Feesh!

      • Old Gator - Jul 7, 2013 at 9:33 AM

        Toronto Feesh. LA Feesh. Anywhere there are Feesh making what they’ve earned, it’s someplace else.

    • indaburg - Jul 7, 2013 at 9:47 AM

      You know what I find frustrating about the Tigers? That with their talent and in that division, they don’t win more. I don’t get it. On paper, they’re beasts. Why don’t they win more?

      Nice to have Sanchez back though. I know nobody cares about my fantasy team, but I sure missed him.

      • detroitr1 - Jul 7, 2013 at 9:56 AM

        umm…there was this guy in the bullpen–you might have heard of him–he wears glasses and likes to slow jam on the mound, was responsible for 4 losses alone.

      • indaburg - Jul 7, 2013 at 9:58 AM

        Ok… who is managing the bullpen? Four losses, huh? You think one would learn…

      • historiophiliac - Jul 7, 2013 at 10:01 AM

        Join the club. They should play like this all the time. It’s beyond frustrating when thy don’t and lose to lesser teams.

        PS ours is no longer the weakest division, despite the fact that people have it stuck in their heads. I think there are two divisions stronger than ours but the other three are weaker or on par with us.

  6. indaburg - Jul 7, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    Chris Sale pitched a nice game yesterday, but the ChiSox continued their no run support ways. I say he actually pitched better than Moore–at the mid point of the game, Moore had a K/BB ratio of 50:50, but Moore got lucky with BABIP and some run support. The Rays just have better defense than the ChiSox–Longo played a sparkling defense yesterday. The All Star game can suck it. Miggy is better at the plate, but I know which glove I want at 3B.

    • detroitr1 - Jul 7, 2013 at 9:57 AM

      Me too. He plays for Baltimore right?

      • indaburg - Jul 7, 2013 at 12:03 PM

        I would also take Machado over Miggy at 3B. What a glove that kid has.

  7. aceshigh11 - Jul 7, 2013 at 11:44 AM

    The Red Sox sure screwed the pooch last night. Probably the worst loss of the season so far.

    They’ve been playing like gangbusters for the last few weeks, so hopefully they can put it behind them and keep the momentum on their side.

    You figure they’ve gotta slump at some point, but every time they do, no one else in the AL East makes a run to take advantage.

    The stretch of games right after the All-Star Break will be VERY interesting.

    • Old Gator - Jul 7, 2013 at 12:04 PM

      If the pooch needs a day or two off to soothe its rump in a hot pan of epsom salts, do you think the Beanbags would be interested in the short term rental of a chihuahua?

      • aceshigh11 - Jul 7, 2013 at 12:20 PM

        Given his height, I’m sure Pedroia and a chihuahua would be a good, ahem, fit.

        I can’t believe I just typed that…

  8. junglerat524 - Jul 7, 2013 at 12:52 PM

    25 Years Ago Today

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