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Tigers Salvage Split With Indians and the Wonders of Tivo

The Tigers bounced back nicely after the rough ending to their game on Friday, and after winning their last two, they salvaged a split with the Indians.  They got it all this afternoon with a ton of hitting and some great pitching by Jeremy Bonderman.  Bondo gave up a two run homer in the first inning to the red hot Victor Martinez but then he didn’t give up his next hit until the seventh inning in the 9-2 win.  The win improves Bonderman’s record to a still perfect 5-0 and Bonderman is off to his best start to a season in his young career.

Gary Sheffield put the Tigers on the board in the first inning with a two run homer, his thirteenth long ball of the season.  He finished the game with two hits and a walk with three runs.  Ivan Rodriguez had another solid game with two singles and two runs while Craig Monroe doubled twice.  Even Sean Casey, who’s been red hot himself, went one for two with two RBIs.  Casey now has a ten game hitting streak that’s pushed his batting average from .248 to .282.  Of course he still hasn’t picked up that first homerun yet.

The Twins lost so the Tigers sit 2 1/2 games back of the Indians and three ahead of the Twins.  The Tigers have a day off tomorrow and they play in Texas against the Rangers on Tuesday.  The Rangers have the worst record in all of baseball so this is a series we have to take.  The Indians also play a last place team with a three game series against the Royals.  Nate Robertson gets the starter in the opener on Tuesday and he’ll face Vincente Padilla.

I bought a Tivo about a month ago and while it was more so we could tape my wife’s shows, I used it to tape this afternoon’s game.  I was able to cram all 3 1/2 hours of game (excluding that rain delay) into about an hour and a half of actual viewing time.  The only downer was, I had to be constantly on the remote and couldn’t do anything else.  Still, I’ll probably do this for the west coast games when I don’t stay up to watch the games.

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