It may just be percentage points, but the Tigers moved into the lead in the AL central thanks to a sweep over the Indians and some help by the Angels who sweeped the Royals. Both teams sit atop the division as the only two teams with winning records so it’ll be interesting to see if the Royals, and for that matter, the Tigers stick and this turns into the two team race down the stretch.
Even I forget sometimes how good the Royals were in the late 1970s and early to mid-1980s. From 1976 through 1985, they won their division seven times including three straight from 1976 through 1978 (and they lost to the Yankees in the ALCS each time). They finally nabbed their first World Series in 1985 and they haven’t been to the playoffs since.
Anyway, the Tigers finished up the Indians yesterday and they did with a big four run second inning. Jeff Larish homered and Curtis Granderson capped off the frame with a two run single. Adam Everett had two hits and two RBIs and he pushed his average up to .281 while Magglio Ordonez went two for three with a walk and two runs.
Rick Porcello wasn’t as effecient as he’s been, but he got through five frames and he gave up just one run in five innings of work in the 5-3 win. The pen was good with the exception of Fernando Rodney, who chose a good time to have a bad outing. He gave up a pair of runs in the ninth in a non-save situation.
The Tigers have a travel day as they head to Minnesota to take on the Twins. Game one on Tuesday has Armando Galarraga going up against Kevin Slowey.