The Tigers pulled off a sweep this weekend and Jair Jurrjens gave the Tigers another huge boost (and hopefully a glimpse of things to come) with a solid start to take care of the Twins for a three game sweep. Jurrjens didn’t give up a hit until the sixth inning when he was also tagged for his first and only run. The win pushed his record to 3-1. And then, Tim Byrdak, Fernando Rodney, Joel Zumaya and Todd Jones put the Twins down without giving up a run. Jones’ strikeout of Jason Kubel was nice. He got him looking on a nice curveball.
Curtis Granderson’s game was a microcosm of his season as he both homered and stole a base. The homerun led off the game while Magglio Ordonez picked up his 49th double of the season. Timo Perez continued his hot hitting with two more hits and he extended his hitting streak to six games.
The Yankees won so the Tigers still face a 2 1/2 game deficit with a three game series against the Indians. The Tigers could put themselves back into the division race with a sweep over the Indians but anything less then that isn’t going to do it. The Yankees, in the meantime, head home for a three game series with the Erik Bedardless Orioles. And looking at the Yankees schedule, it’s not looking good (for us). They have six against the Orioles, four against the Devil Rays and their only tough opponent will be this weekend against the Blue Jays.
Kenny Rogers takes the mound for the Tigers tonight. The Tigers will then have to contend with Paul Byrd, who’s won five of his last six starts.