The Tigers kept their slim playoff hopes alive in a beatdown over the Twins. Yorman Bazardo was the star on the pitching side and he threw seven shutout innings to improve to 2-1. Joel Zumaya and Chad Durbin both threw a shutout frame to close out the game.
Curtis Granderson picked up his 23rd triple of the season. The last time a player had 23 triples was 1949 when the Indians Dale Mitchell hit the mark. It also puts Curtis Granderson tied for fifth with Sam Crawford and Ty Cobb for the single season triple mark.
Magglio Ordonez belted his 52nd triple and that puts him fifth on the Tigers single season doubles list. Ordonez also homered and with the two hits, he brought hit batting average up to .359. That gives him a somewhat comfortable nine point lead for the batting title. He also drove in three runs to bring his season total up to 136.
With the Yankees ten inning loss, the Tigers still have a very slim chance to tie for the Wild Card. Tonight, it’ll be Johan Santana going up against Jair Jurrjens.