The Tigers took a 2-1 advantage in their four game series with the Orioles as Edwin Jackson bounced back from a rough start. Jackson threw eighth shutout innings before he gave up a two run home run to Adam Jones in the ninth inning. Jackson then yielded to Fernando Rodney, who also got into trouble in the ninth but he pitched out of his own jam to pick up his 22nd save of the season. Jackson’s final line had him improving to 8-5 and he gave up two runs on three hits and two walks with eight strikeouts in eight innings.
Magglio Ordonez went two for four with a solo home run, his sixth long ball of the season. Placido Polanco had a two run single in the eighth inning and he came around to score on Miguel Cabrera’s single.
Tomorrow is the finale and it’ll be an afternoon showdown. Rick Porcello throws for the Tigers and David Hernandez goes for Baltimore. The Twins are losing but the White Sox are winning so we’ll see what happens with the rest of the division here soon.
The Tigers also made a couple of moves. Alex Avila and Chris Lambert were called up from the minors. Avila was the Tigers fifth round draft pick last year and the Tigers now have two of the five players who were drafted in 2008 on their big league roster. Dusty Ryan and Wilkin Ramirez were sent down in their place.
Great minds must think a like. When I titled my morning piece “Washout” I hadn’t read any other news sources. The this afternoon I was sitting in a clients lobby and I noticed the headline for the Tigers recap was named the same thing.