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Tigers Fall From First After Spotty Pitching

The big news was Dernard Span’s three triple game yesterday but for Tiger fans, it was the poor pitching.  Armando Galarraga needed 91 pitches to get through four innings and change last night and he was tagged for six runs.  Right after that, Fu-Te Ni was shelled for four runs on two hits and four walks in just 2/3 of an inning.  Jim Price was trashing Ni on the radio for how poorly he was pitching and both he and Dickerson felt that something was wrong with him.

Fortunately, Enrique Gonzalez came in and pitched 3 1/3 solid frames to close out the game and save the pen.  The Tigers have a quick turnaround for this afternoon’s rubber game so keeping as many pitchers off the mound as possible was huge so give a hat tip to Gonzalez for pitching some garbage innings.

Johnny Damon went two for four with a double, two RBIs and a run.  Damon has just a .687 OPS in June and that was after a rough May.  His solid April is still propping up his overall numbers so hopefully Damon can turn things around and revert back to his old form.  Miguel Cabrera had a pair of hits, an RBI and a run and he now has 67 RBIs on the season.

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Andy Oliver gets his second start and it’s a big one.  Kevin Slowey throws for the Twins.  Game time is 1:10 in a get away day game.

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