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Tigers Remain In First Despite Series Loss to Rangers

The Tigers hit a bit of a tough stretch in Arlington earlier this week.  I’ve been up in Tawas since Saturday with a crappy wireless connection so most of my news has come mid-day (and late) via MLB.com.  I was glad to see Cliff Lee depart from the division and it’ll be interesting to see where Roy Halladay lands.  My guess is still the Dodgers despite the Rangers throwing their names in the hat but as always, it’ll be an interesting trade deadline tomorrow. 

Being up north was relaxing most of the time (at least as relaxing as it can get with a five year old) and of course the downside to taking several days off is the work doesn’t go away.  Throw in the fact that my clients have put off getting me stuff until now and it’ll make for an interesting next couple of weeks.  I always manage to get through it, there’s just the pain that goes with it. 

Tawas was fun. I got to spend an extended amount of time with my family which was nice.  My son had a blast and it was all low key, leisurely stuff.  Let’s just say, it’s going to be tough getting up tomorrow morning and cranking out some work.

Which gets us to the Tigers.  They lost two of three to the Rangers but they still have a two game lead in the division.  Oddly, it’s no longer with the White Sox, it’s with the red hot Twins who sweeped said White Sox while the Tigers were struggling against the Rangers.  This is shaping up to be an interesting race and so far, none of the three teams have made a monve of consequence.  I was a little surprised Josh Anderson was sent to the pasture (at least we got some cash for him) but with Carlos Guillen back  it made him expendable.  Anderson got off to the good start but he’s lost a lot of time to guys like Clete Thomas and now Guillen and when you combine that with his current struggles, he was the odd man out.

Tomorrow, the Tigers kick off a road series against the Indians.  Game one will have Edwin Jackson going up against Fausto Carmona.  Fausto has been kicking it down in the minors for the past two months and it looks like he’s coming back up to fill Cliff Lee’s role.  Hopefully the Tigers will be patient at the plate because one of Carmona’s big problems this year has been finding the strike zone.  He’s not in Dontrelle’s class,  but 41 walks in 60 2/3 innings for a guy who doesn’t strike out a ton of batters isn’t good.

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