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Wildcard or Bust and Kenny Rogers Returns

Jon Garland held the Tigers’ hitters in check as a solid start by Jeremy Bonderman was wasted.  And once again, the Tigers failed to get it done against the White Sox.  Sigh.  With the Indians win, the Tigers sit a distant seven games out with each team having 24 games left.  So even if the Indians go 10-14 (which is unlikely), the Tigers would have to go 17-7 (which, based on how they’re playing, it also unlikely).  At this point, I’m not even looking at what the Indians are doing, it’ll all be Yankees and Mariners.

The Tigers outhit the White Sox last night but they pushed just one baserunner across in a 3-1 loss.  Carlos Guillen drove in the lone run with an RBI single in the sixth inning and he also had a team high two hits.  Omar Infante, in his first game since getting called back up from Toledo, went one for three with a run. Magglio Ordonez went one for four and his lead in the batting race over Ichiro is now down to a single game.

Jeremy Bonderman fell to 11-8 in a pretty ineffecient start.  He lasted just 5 1/3 innings yet threw 100 pitches and he gave up three runs on seven hits and two waks with three strikeouts. The two big mistakes were homeruns to Josh Fields and Alex Cintron which accounted for all three White Sox runs.  Zach Miner did a nice job in relief.  He finished up where Bonderman left off and he gave up just one hit in 3 2/3 innings of shutout relief.

The Yankees beat the Mariners last night so the Tigers deficit in the Wild Card is now 3 1/2 games.  Kenny Rogers makes his second return of the season and he’ll face Gavin Floyd.  This could be one of those important games not just on the scoreboard, but on the mound to see whether the Tigers will have one of their arms down their stretch.

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