Don’t look now, but the Tigers are the last team in the American League to be undefeated in the spring season. I know the first week of spring games mean very little as far as winning or losing, but it’s nice to see some notches in the win column.
Friday, Nate Robertson and seven other pitchers combined to four hit the Phillies. Tony Giarratano had the big blast with a two run homer in the 3-0 Tigers win.
On Saturday, the Tigers took on the mighty Yankees, and looked like they were on there way to getting blown out. With the score 8-1 in the bottom of the fourth, the Tigers stormed back and scored nine runs over the next four innings to win 9-8. The rally was highlighted by back to back jacks by Brandon Inge and Jason Smith. Inge drove in four runs and also doubled.
On Sunday, the Tigers didn’t win, but they didn’t lose either as they tied the Indians 2-2. Craig Monroe had an RBI double, and Chris Shelton went three for four.
All in all, a pretty good weekend for the home team. The Tigers play the Washington Nationals tomorrow. It’s going to take me a while to get used to the location and team name change.
To wrap this up, I got into a discussion about the diaries and some of the historical things I’ve been doing on the site with Jay Maxwell over at Black Sox Blog when we got to talking about the prospects of our teams in the division. For whatever reason, he felt the White Sox were going to finish ahead of the Tigers, while we all know where I stand on this issue. So I placed a little wager. I get $25 when the Tigers finish ahead of the White Sox (I’m stealing Curt Schilling’s contract language) in the AL West, and I get another $25 when the Tigers win the season series. I appreciate Jay donating money to my kid’s college fund.
And if you haven’t stopped by Black Sox Blog, it’s one of the newer sites covering the White Sox. He’s been covering the spring games, but he also did a season lookback on the 1901 White Sox, and plans on doing something similar for every year the White Sox have been around.