Armando Galarraga made his first start of the season for the Tigers and while he thought he could do better, the end result was a win. He needed 103 pitches to get through 5 2/3 innings and he gave up a run on three hits and three walks with five strikeouts. The pen then did their thing (again) with Jeremy Bonderman, Ryan Perry and Jose Valverde throwing a shutout inning each. The only reliever who really got into trouble was Fu-Te Ni, who gave up a couple of singles and a walk before he got J.D. Drew to strike out to end the inning.
Jim Leyland put Ramon Santiago second in the order and he belted his first home run of the season. Johnny Damon went two for two with two walks, a run and an BRI and Danny Worth made his major league debut and he went one for three with an RBI.
The Twins also won so the Tigers still sit 2 1/2 games back of first. Next up are the White Sox who have still been struggling to start the season. Rick Porcello looks to follow up his best start of the season earlier in the week against the Yankees and the Tigers will take on a familiar face in Freddy Garcia. The White Sox are the only AL Central team the Tigers haven’t faced this year and it’s a two game series before the Tigers head out west again.