The Tigers evened up their record at 3-3 this afternoon with a nice win over the Rangers. Justin Verlander bounced back (sort of) and the pen did their job nicely. The good on Verlander was the eight strikeouts in five innings. He did walk four though and while he gave up just earned run, he also gave up three unearned runs.
After that, it was some nice work by the pen. Nate Robertson did his job with two perfect frames and he picked up his first win of the season (with wins tough to come by for him the past couple of years, maybe this pen thing isn’t all bad). Fernando Rodney looked really sharp in the ninth and he struck out the side for his first save of the season.
On the offensive side, Adam Everett was the surprising star at the plate. He put the Tigers on the board in the second with a two run triple and then he singled and scored on Placido Polanco’s double in the sixth and that proved to be the game winner. Gerald Laird was three for four with a run and then Polanco doubled twice, scored and drove in that big run.
Edwin Jackson looks to put the Tigers on the winning side of the ledger as the team tries to pull off a sweep. Kevin Millwood gets the nod for the Rangers.