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Sweeps, Attendance and Marcus Thames

The Tigers finished their three game sweep over the Twins, effectively burying that team and setting them nine games back.  It was a pretty solid game with the Tigers scoring their first three runs in the seventh inning once Scott Baker cooled off.  The Twins answered and tied it in the bottom of the seventh and while the Twins had a nice chance in the eighth to take the lead, a bizarre play turned almost a sure thing run into an out.  Justin Mourneau was on third with one out, Bobby Seay threw one in the dirt but it took a nice bounce back and Mike Rabello was able to get to Seay in time to get Mourneau in a run down trying to score.  He was finally called out when he stopped and let the ball hit him.

Brandon Inge put the Tigers on the board in the seventh with an RBI double and then he came up with the game winner in the top of the tenth inning when he drove home Timo Perez with an RBI double.  Placido Polanco also had a nice game and he went three for six with a run and an RBI.  Zach Miner picked up his first win of the season and Todd Jones got it done in the tenth for his 26th save.

The Tigers announced on Wednesday that they had sold enough tickets to break their previous attendance record set in 1984.  I think 3 million is out of reach with tickets selling out at a lot of games but maybe that’s a mark that can be reached next year.

Marcus Thames hit the disabled list and he’ll be out for a couple of weeks.  He tweaked his hamstring making a diving catch in Wednesday night’s game.  Timo Perez was brought up in his place and he did a nice job in yesterday’s game.  He went one for four with a walk and he scored the winning run in the tenth inning.

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