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Andrew Miller Gets Plenty of Support In First Major League Start

Andrew Miller had about as good of a first major league start as you could ask.  He gave up four hits and three walks with two strikeouts in six shutout innings.  Probably the most surprising thing about his start was his groundball to flyball ration (7 groundballs versus 9 flyballs) considering Miller is a pretty extreme ground ball pitcher.  I didn’t get a chance to watch the game and unfortunately they’re not replaying the game so I can’t tape it so I’m not quite sure what happened there.  Anyway, he kept the Cards off the board, which is the important thing.

With the Cardinals on the field, Sean Casey must have thought it was the World Series again because he killed the ball.  He went four for five with both two runs and two RBIs.  Placido Polanco doubled three times and drove in three while Gary Sheffield and Magglio Ordonez each went yard in the 14-4 win.  The only Tiger regular who didn’t get a hit in the game was Craig Monroe and the only Tiger starter that didn’t score a run was Ivan Rodriguez.

The Indians won as well so the Tigers still sit a game out of first place.  Still, at 25-16, they have the third best record in the American League.  Tomorrow, it’ll be Nate Robertson going up against Anthony Reyes and it’s a night game.  I like that matchup and hopefully the Tigers will avenge their 2006 World Series game one loss to Reyes by knocking him out of the game early.

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