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Tigers Drop Afternoon Game to Red Sox

I didn’t expect to say this, but Zach Miner and Julian Tavarez locked up today and had quite the pitchers duel in the Tigers 2-1 loss to the Red Sox.  Miner was called up this morning to replace a sick Mike Maroth and despite struggling most of the season at Triple A, he gave the Tigers a chance to win today.  He gave up two runs (one earned) on six hits and a walk with three strikeouts.  Even more impressive was Tim Byrdak, who struck out five of the six batters he faced in two perfect innings.  Even Jose Mesa got a couple of guys out.

Unfortuately, the hitting wasn’t there.  Placido Polanco drove in the only run for the Tigers and in total, there were just four hits and all of them were singles. 

We’ve still got one more game tonight and it’s Chad Durbin throwing against Curt Schilling.  It’s hard to believe that Durbin is 3-1 with his numbers but he has been pretty good in three of his last four starts.  And the Tigers have won the game five out of the seven times he’s taken the mound, which isn’t all bad.  Not too bad for a stopgap fifth starter.

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