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Tigers Keep Playoff Hopes Hanging By a Thread With Comeback Win Over Royals

The Tigers scored five unanswered runs last night to come back from a 4-0 deficit to take care of the Royals.  Sean Casey belted a three run homer in the fifth inning to cut the Royals lead to a single run and then Brandon Inge came up huge with a two run single in the fifth for the game winner.  Magglio Ordonez picked up two hits he now leads Ichiro in the batting race .354 to .350.  Placido Polanco picked up hits number 190 and 191 and he’s at .344.

Jair Jurrjens had his first his first really poor start of the season but the bullpen really picked him up in this one.  Tim Byrdak picked up the win with two innings of shutout relief in which he struck out five and both Fernando Rodney and Todd Jones held the Royals scoreless in their stints.  For Jones, it’s his 38th save of the season.

The Tigers are sending three players to play in the Hawaiian Winter Baseball League this year.  Catcher Dusty Ryan, infielder Cale Iorg and outfielder Jeramy Laster will be their representatives.

The Yankees lost, so the Tigers now sit 4 1/2 back of them with eight games left.  The Indians won and their magic number to clinch the AL Central is down to two.  Tonight, it’ll be Kenny Rogers going up against Kyle Davies.

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