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Jack Morris Shuts Down Jays, Tigers Split Series

June 7, 1984 Tigers 5, Blue Jays 3 (40-13)

When in doubt, you put the ball in Jack Morris’ hands. Nine innings, seven hits, and one walk was the final line as he improved to 11-2 in front of nearly 41,000 Tiger fans.

The big blast of the night was by Rupert Jones, who made his Tiger debut that evening. And what a debut it was. Injury problems and a few rough seasons saw Rupert Jones on the chopping block at San Diego, and the Tigers signed him in April and sent him to AAA (which was at Evansville at the time, not Toledo). He was brought up the night before, and what a debut, because in the bottom of the sixth, with the score tied, Rupert Jones took starter Jim Clancy deep for a three run shot to give the Tigers what they’d need to win it.

And for those of you who don’t remember Rupert, he would become known for his batter’s box routine, which became known as the Rupert Jones Lumber Trance. He’d hold the bat up near his eyes and just stand there staring at the bat. Classic stuff, and reading about this brought back some memories as I always liked Rupert Jones.

With the win, the Tigers left Detroit with a split of the series against the Jays, so they walked away with the same lead they walked in with. Three of the four games drew 35,000+, which was pretty good for a weekday series. Now they’d have to go to Baltimore to face a team that beat them in their previous series.

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