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Athletics Blowout Tigers In Crazy Game

I almost turned this game off and in a way, I should have.  The A’s jumped out to a quick 8-1 lead off of Jordan Tata and Jason Grilli and things looked to be over with pretty early in the fourth inning.  Then the Tigers stormed back and scored eight runs of their own in the bottom of the fourth and the bottom of the fifth to take a one run lead only to have the A’s answer with eight runs in the top of the sixth to open the game up.

The pitching was bad once again.  Tata was tagged for seven runs and Macay McBride and Zach Miner were bounced for four runs each.  The only Tiger pitcher who didn’t give up a run was Fernando Rodney, who threw a shutout ninth inning.

Marcus Thames belted a grand slam for his twelth homer of the season.  Magglio Ordonez went three for five with two doubles, two RBIs and two runs.  Curtis Granderson came one step closer to making history with his 18th triple of the season.  With Ordonez’s three hits, he once again took the lead in the batting race.

The Indians lost as did the Mariners but the Yankees won (the Yankees are playing the Indians this weekend). So the Tigers now sit a game back of the Mariners and Yankees for the Wild Card and a game and a half back of the Yankees.  The Blue Jays have now won two straight and they’ve put themselves ahead of the Twins in the Wild Card chase. 

Game two is tonight and it’ll be Dan Haren going up against Justin Verlander.  The two squared off a couple of weeks ago with Haren getting the better end of the deal.

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