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Rainy Days and Baseball In Hawaii

Well, the Tigers almost had a full three game series washed out but the rain left Chicago in time for the Tigers to get at least two games in.  Of course it looks like it would have been better had the series just gone by the wayside but it also leaves an opening for the Tigers to make a major impact if the White Sox can’t shake the Twins.  If the two teams are seperated by a half game, the final game of the series will have to be made up and the Tigers could have the ultimate chance at playing spoiler.

Gary Sheffield hit homerun number 497 tonight and the three run shot has helped push the Tigers out to a 4-3 lead.  I know it doesn’t replace a pennant race, but seeing Gary Sheffield join the elite 500 homer club would be at least a little consolation for what’s been a disappointing season.  Magglio Ordonez is 0 for 2 and after looking like a long shot for the batting title, he’s right back into the mix with a single digit deficit to make up in the final two weeks.  It’ll be interesting to see if the Tigers have to make up that game against the White Sox because it could mean someone like Miguel Cabrera wins the homerun title while at the same time, the extra game could potentially cost Ordonez the batting title.  I guess they could sit him, but what would be the fun in that.

For those of you who enjoyed Andrew Hess’ writings over at Tigers Minors, we have a special treat.  After a premature end to the White Caps season, Andrew thought his season was done until he got a surprise phone call.  It looks like he’s headed to Hawaii to play in the Hawaiian Winter League so I’ll be sure to keep tabs on him while he’s over there.  You can listen in on some of their games, but with the six hours time difference, it can be tough to catch at times.

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