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Mariners move past Tigers into second AL Wild Card spot

Aug 16, 2014, 1:08 PM EDT

Robinson Cano AP Getty Images

After losing their grip on the division lead to the Royals earlier this week, the Tigers have now fallen behind the Mariners for the second Wild Card spot in the American League.

The Mariners defeated the Tigers 7-2 last night at Comerica Park in Detroit to extend their winning streak to five games. James Paxton tossed six innings of one-run ball in the victory while Robinson Cano went 2-for-4 with his 11th home run of the season. Rick Porcello struggled in the loss, giving up six runs (five earned) on 10 hits over six innings.

Losers of seven out of their last 10, the Tigers are currently 1 1/2 games behind the Royals in the American League Central and a half-game behind the Mariners for the second Wild Card spot. Still, there’s a long way to go in the season and Tigers manager Brad Ausmus told Jason Beck of MLB.com that this isn’t the time to panic.

“I’d much rather be in first place up by 15 games, but that’s not the case,” manager Brad Ausmus said. “We’re just going to keep going. There’s a ton of baseball left. We didn’t win tonight, but we can’t change it, so we’ll come back tomorrow against a very tough pitcher. But luckily for us, they’re going against a tough pitcher as well.”

The matchup Ausmus was alluding to is David Price vs. Felix Hernandez, which should be a lot of fun to watch later tonight.

  1. hoopmatch - Aug 16, 2014 at 1:14 PM

    It’s nice to see former Tigers coach Lloyd McClendon have a good year as manager in Seattle.

  2. historiophiliac - Aug 16, 2014 at 1:21 PM

    Son of a motherless goat! I hope tonight’s game is ferocious…and that we win (since no one got the memo about my birthday win).

    • happytwinsfan - Aug 16, 2014 at 2:44 PM

      Watch this, you’ll feel better.

      • tmc602014 - Aug 16, 2014 at 5:20 PM

        The play-by-play guy sounded just like George Owens!

    • happytwinsfan - Aug 16, 2014 at 2:58 PM

      I almost forgot. As is our preferred practice in the opening game of a home series, we tricked the Royals into having to pitch the bottom of the ninth last night. Their bullpen is toast and tonight it shall become burnt toast.

  3. tfbuckfutter - Aug 16, 2014 at 1:33 PM

    If it makes Tigers fans feel any better, the Price trade wasn’t going to work that well once the playoffs rolled around anyway.

    • unclemosesgreen - Aug 17, 2014 at 7:14 AM

      Not sure why you feel the need to come here and repeat every single stupid thing you hear. Please stop.

      • tfbuckfutter - Aug 17, 2014 at 10:50 AM

        Some day you’ll understand.

  4. gargamelsmentor - Aug 16, 2014 at 1:45 PM

    Twice this year, the Tigers have gone cold at the exact time the Royals got hot. I’ll be shocked if the Tigers don’t turn it around and make the playoffs. At the same time, as a fan of the game, I think it would be very cool to see the Mariners and Royals keep the Tigers out of the postseason.

  5. xjokerz - Aug 16, 2014 at 1:50 PM

    not exactly breaking news…..must be slow as a blogger.

  6. papajack1259 - Aug 16, 2014 at 3:46 PM

    Tigers are toast, they lose the games they must win and they ain’t hitting like early on

  7. Old Gator - Aug 16, 2014 at 4:04 PM

    If this keeps up, spawrts tork raydeeo hosts are gonna have to learn how to pronounce “Zduriencik.” They can only keep getting away with “McClendon” for so long.

  8. barrybondsisthealltimehomerunking - Aug 16, 2014 at 5:58 PM

    If the Mariners make the playoffs even if Cano never plays again it was probably a good signing. Nice to see a big free agent take the money and then produce.

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