For Tiger starters, this is the home stretch. The last time they get quality innings in a game that doesn’t count. And Nate Cornejo made them count, by throwing five innings, and only giving up one run (5 hits, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts). An impressive performance against basically the Phillies starting lineup.
These last few games, although they never show up in the standings, still remain pretty important. You get to see how the guys you expect to play and start throughout the season actually perform under game time pressures.
The baseball season kicked off this morning in Japan, with the Yankees going up against the Devil Rays. As we speak, the game is tied 2-2 in the top of the sixth. Jason Giambi hit the first homer of the season, and Toby Hall has a two run single. In fact I have the game on my little TV right now. A-Rod just doubled with nobody out.