It’s funny how things work out. While I didn’t blast the trade, I was skeptical of the move that sent Matt Joyce to the Rays for Edwin Jackson but it was interesting to see that on the same day Jackson was pitching at the front of the rotation in a heated pennant race, Matt Joyce was the starting outfielder in the Triple-A championship. Jackson threw seven shutout innings and while they weren’t all easy, he pitched to his thirteenth win of the season.
Brandon Lyon and Bobby Seay got into trouble in the eighth but even after Lyon walked in a run, he was able to strikeout Luis Valbuena to get himself out of the jam. Fernando Rodney pitched a shutout ninth and he picked up his 34th save of the season.
Ryan Raburn put the Tigers on the board in the third with a solo home run. It was his 14th of the season. Magglio Ordonez went three for four and Miguel Cabrera had an RBI double that proved to be the difference in the game.
The Twins did win so the Tigers magic number is now 10. Tonight, it’ll be Rick Porcello against Justin Masterson. Hopefully the White Sox can steal the finale against the Twins and help us out just a bit.