For those Tigers fan hoping for the next Doyle Alexander, things didn’t go quite as planned last night. Jarrod Washburn made his Tigers debut and gave up six runs before he departed with an out in the sixth inning. Oddly, the Orioles eight run offensive onslaught came without Luke Scott in the lineup. Washburn gave up runs in four of the six innings he threw in and two of the six hits he gave up went over the fence. Zach Miner didn’t throw much better and he gave up two runs in 2 1/3 innings while Fu-Te Ni did his job (albeit with the game out of reach) and he threw 1 1/3 innings of shutout relief.
Magglio Ordonez showed some life and he went two for fie with an RBI. Miguel Cabrera doubled and he drew a walk. The Tigers did put some runners on base against Brian Matusz in his major league debut but in a couple of instances, he showed some poise and pitched out of the jams.
The White Sox and Twins both won so things are once again tighter (one and 2 1/2 games back). Edwin Jackson gets the start tonight and the Orioles will throw Jeremy Guthrie.
Jeremy Bonderman and Nate Robertson both started their rehab assignments last night. Neither appeared to light the world on fire but hopefully they’re both on the road to their way back.