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Tigers Beat Indians Behind Mike Maroth’s Strong Outing

Just what the doctor ordered. Earlier I mentioned how the Tigers could use seven strong innings from Maroth to give the pen a break. Well, Mike did one better, going 7 1/3, giving up 10 hits, one walk, and only one run, all while striking out seven. Al Levine came in and finished the game, pitching the final 1 2/3, and shut the Indians down.

For some reason, 7-4 sounds so much better then 6-5, which would have been their record had they lost. Tomorrow Jeremy Bonderman takes the mound against another young pitcher, Cliff Lee. Jeremy is among the league leaders in strikeouts, so this should be a good game. 8-4 has a really nice ring to it.

This was a 1-0 game up until the sixth inning, when the Tigers put together a three run rally. Five different Tigers (Sanchez, I-Rod, White, Munson, and Inge) had multi-hit games. And Brandon Inge even made a nice play at third yesterday, so his value as a Shane Halter utility type remains intact. Throw in his current .333 batting average (5/15) and you’ve got a great option for Tram coming off the bench.

I thought the prime time Fox telecast of the Red Sox/Yankees game was great for the game. Here you have two of the best franchises around. It’s good for the game to showcase them. And the game was a pretty good on to watch.

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