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  July 15, 2006

Game 90: Detroit Tigers 10 Kansas City Royals 9
(By: The Olde English Ds)

What a game! Once again the Tigers find a way to defeat the Royals. Carlos Guillen’s walk off homer in the bottom of the ninth just over the fence in left gave Detroit a 10-9 victory. This game was a wild and exciting one going back and forth. For the second consecutive game the Royals jumped out to a 4-0 lead. The Tigers cut the lead in half and KC again doubled up the scored taking a 6-3 lead into the bottom of the sixth. The game appeared to be another easy come from behind effort after scoring three runs in each the 6th and 7th innings for a 9-6 lead. But give Kansas...

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  July 14, 2006

Second Half Predictions...
(By: The Olde English Ds)

AL Central

1. Detroit Tigers
2. Chicago White Sox
3. Minnesota Twins
4. Cleveland Indians
5. Kansas City Royals

It truely beleive the Tigers are going to get it done with the young pitching and the magic of Leyland. What do other BGeeks think?

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  July 14, 2006

Game 89: Detroit Tigers 6 Kansas City Royals 4
(By: The Olde English Ds)

Well so far the second half of the season looks about the same as the first for the Tigers. Detroit keeps finding ways to beat Kansas City. Early in the game it appeared this would be problematic. Jeremy Bonderman was hittable giving up two home runs and four runs in the first four innings to the Royals. He went 5.2 innings striking out eight, but also walking five batters and surrendering seven hits. Meanwhile Brandon Duckworth kept the Detroit hitters off balance the first time through the order.

Pudge Rodriguez got things started for Detroit with his eighth home run of the season to put the Tigers on the board. The bottom of the fifth proved...

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  July 14, 2006

Game 88: Detroit Tigers 2 Seattle Mariners 3
(By: The Olde English Ds)

The Tigers offense went cold in the final game heading into the All-Star break. Detroit managed four hits in one inning and none in the other eight. All-Star Magglio Ordonez hit his 16th home run of the year to give the Tigers a 2-0 lead. They managed two more hits in the inning, but could not add any more runs. Detroit hitters looked tired hitting a number of lazy fly ball out.

Once again pitching kept the Tigers in the game. However, Seattle did just enough to eek out the victory. Nate Robertson pitched well in his eight innings of work. He allowed nine hits and only three runs with a single walk and five...

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  July 8, 2006

Game 87: Detroit Tigers 2 Seattle Mariners 1
(By: The Olde English Ds)

At 59-28 the 2006 Detroit Tigers tied the club record for the best 87 game start sharing the honor with the 1984 and 1911 teams. Detroit now sits 31 games above .500 for the first time on the year. With Boston’s victory over Chicago along with Detroit’s third straight victory the Tiger open a 3 game lead in the Central.

Zach Minor picked up his sixth straight victory. He worked five innings before giving way to the bullpen that came through in a big way. Minor only gave up a solo home run to Raul Ibanez in the second inning. However his pitch count was already at 100 after the fifth. Five pitchers combined...

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  July 8, 2006

Game 86: Detroit Tigers 6 Seattle Mariners 1
(By: The Olde English Ds)

Bondermania comes within one out of a complete game shutout against the Seattle Mariners. Jeremy Bonderman was brilliant Friday night helping the Tigers to gain a game in the Central standings on the White Sox. In his last seven outings Bonderman has not allowed more than two runs. Only a single with two outs in the ninth kept the Mariners from being shutout. Bonderman did not walk a batter before giving way to Joel Zumaya who recorded the final out with a strikeout. Jeremy continues to mature and appears heading for stardom. After posting an ERA of 5.04 in April, Bonderman continues to lower his ERA, which now stands at 3.46, thanks to a 1.77...

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  July 8, 2006

Game 85: Detroit Tigers 10 Oakland Athletics 4
(By: The Olde English Ds)

The Tigers got the offensive explosion they needed to avoid a sweep at the hands of the Oakland A’s. Detroit scored early and often putting up 10 runs between the second and sixth innings. Chris Shelton began the fun in the second inning with a two run single. Detroit scored four in the third. Granderson and Pudge both doubled for a run and Guillen brought Rodriguez home for the second run. Craig Monroe hit his 12th home run of the year a two-run shot. Inge continued to show off the power with his 17th homer in the fourth. The Tigers added a run in the fifth after Oakland cut the deficit to 7-3 on...

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  July 8, 2006

Game 84: Detroit Tigers 1 Oakland Athletics 2
(By: The Olde English Ds)

Justin Verlander did not get his eleventh win before the All-Star break and he may fall short of making the final slot on the AL All-Star team. However, Verlander pitched like an All-Star and will be one many times before his career is over. He only allowed three hits and a single run in seven innings. Verlander lowered his ERA to 3.01 on the season and was lights-out after the first inning. The A’s managed a single, walk and a two-out single to score a run in the first.

The game was an excellent pitchers dual between two youngsters. Dan Haren limited the Detroit offense to four hits over seven innings. Vance Wilson took...

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  July 8, 2006

Game 83: Detroit Tigers 3 Oakland Athletics 5
(By: The Olde English Ds)

The Tigers offense misfired on their opportunities to take advantage of Oakland pitching and the A’s made the most of mistakes by Detroit’s pitchers. With the Tigers holding a 3-2 lead in the sixth Nate Robertson hung a slider to Jay Payton who deposited a three run homer down the left field line. A single by Chavez and a walk to Frank Thomas set the stage for the deciding at-bat. Besides for the ill-fated slider Robertson again pitched well in his seven innings of work. However, he walked four batters and base-on-balls always seem to prove costly. Two of the walks came around to score providing the difference in the game. Jason Grilli pitched a...

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  July 3, 2006

Game 82: Detroit Tigers 9 Pittsburgh Pirates 8
(By: The Olde English Ds)

What a wild game and series this turned out to be. Detroit had another horrible seventh inning allowing six runs to the Pirates, but managed to hold on for a one run win. Another series went in Detroit’s favor. They finished 15-3 in inter-league play and will miss having the pitcher bat. Zach Minor continued to pitch well picking up his fifth victory on the season. He went 5.2 innings giving up six hits and only two runs. Ledezma came on to retire the final out of the sixth before things got out of hand in the seventh.

The Tiger jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead. Carlos Guillen blasted a two run...

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  July 3, 2006

Game 81: Detroit Tigers 2 Pittsburgh Pirates 9
(By: The Olde English Ds)

Ouch! That was the worst inning the Tigers have had all year. The horrible seventh inning turned a tie game into a Pittsburgh blowout and a rare Detroit loss. The game was 2-2 heading into the bottom of the seventh when all hell broke loose for the Tigers. They looked more like the 119 loss team of a few years ago than the team with the best record in baseball. However, it was only one inning and one game. Granted Detroit did commit three straight errors in the seventh leading to seven Pirate runs and an end to the Tigers winning streak.

Defense and sloppy play let the Tigers down in this stinker. They had...

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  July 3, 2006

Game 80: Detroit Tigers 7 Pittsburgh Pirates 6
(By: The Olde English Ds)

Well…they can’t all be pretty. The Tigers held on to win another game their seventh in a row. After falling behind 1-0 Detroit roared back to take a 7-1 lead in the third inning. Pittsburgh kept battling and Detroit managed to hang on for a hard fought 7-6 victory. Kenny Rogers struggled and wasn’t able to make it far enough in the game for the win despite the seven runs of support. Rogers only retired one batter in the fifth and allowed five runs.

Roman Colon did a nice job getting out of the fifth and pitching the sixth for his first victory of the year. Zumaya gave up one run over two innings,...

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  July 3, 2006

Game 79: Detroit Tigers 5 Houston Astros 0
(By: The Olde English Ds)

This kid deserves to be an All-Star. Justin Verlander pitched 8 scoreless innings allowing only three hits and striking out seven without giving up a walk. He now has ten wins before the All-Star break and a 3.13 ERA. Verlander could have easily gone the complete game, but there was no need as the Tigers had a 5-0 lead. Jason Grilli came on to pitch the ninth for back-to-back shutouts of Houston.

Houston played sloppy defense and Detroit capitalized. Andy Pettitte gave up five runs, but only two were earned with two errors causing the damage. Craig Monroe dropped a perfect bunt single with runners at the corners and two outs. Inge followed...

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  July 3, 2006

Game 78: Detroit Tigers 4 Houston Astros 0
(By: The Olde English Ds)

This is exactly what everyone expected to happen. Nate Robertson out-pitched the Rocket and Detroit shutout the ‘Stros for their fifth straight victory. Also not too shabby is the fact they have won 15 out of the last 17 games and continue to remain in first place in the AL Central.

Nate Robertson was brilliant over seven scoreless innings. “Gum Time” helped the Tigers score three runs in the seventh to get the victory for Big Nate Chew (If you need the background on the nickname check out Robertson’s MLBlogs). Clemens walked two straight batters in the bottom of the seventh inning before exiting the game. Dan Wheeler couldn’t keep the Tigers off the board...

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  July 3, 2006

Game 77: Detroit Tigers 10 Houston Astros 4
(By: The Olde English Ds)

Zach Minor came out struggling and allowed hits to the first four batters. He settled down after a visit from Leyland and made it out of the first with only a single run of damage. He stayed in the game long enough to benefit from an offense outburst and get his fourth victory. Minor allowed three runs in just over five innings. The bullpen combination of Roman Colon, Jamie Walker, Fernando Rodney and Jason Grilli held Houston to one run the rest of the way as former Tiger Eric Munson hit a home run off of Walker.

Detroit jumped all over Wandy Rodriguez for five runs in the third. He left the game with two outs in...

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  July 3, 2006

Game 76: Detroit Tigers 4 St. Louis Cardinals 1
(By: The Olde English Ds)

In case more evidence is needed that baseball in back in Detroit…more fans came out for the series against St. Louis than in any three game span in the history of Comerica Park. Over 125,000 fans witness the Tigers sweep of the Cardinals. The American League teams continue to dominate the NL in inter-league play.

Jeremy Bonderman gave Detroit another solid start. He struck out eight and only allowed a single run in seven strong innings. Wilfredo Ledezma benefited from the Tigers runs in the bottom of the eighth for his first victory of the year. Todd Jones pitched the ninth for his 20th save of the season.

The game was tied at on heading...

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  July 3, 2006

Game 75: Detroit Tigers 7 St. Louis Cardinals 6
(By: The Olde English Ds)

This was the third game I have been able to attend in person this year and each one keeps getting more exciting. I figured it would be difficult to top the last game I attend the June 1st comeback against the Yankees before a sellout crowd, but the Tigers found a way to do it. Before 42,535 excited fans the Tigers won their 50th game in dramatic come-from-behind fashion. They improved to 25 games above .500 with their ten-inning victory over the Cardinals. Baseball is definitely back in the D as an increasing number of metro-Detroiters are realizing this team is for real.

The game began as a seesaw battle going back and forth. St. Louis scored...

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  July 3, 2006

Game 74: Detroit Tigers 10 St. Louis Cardinals 6
(By: The Olde English Ds)

The mighty Tigers offense jumped all over last years NL Cy Young winner and then took advantage of the Cardinals bullpen in route to a 10-6 victory over Albert Pujols, err…the St. Louis Cardinals. All Pujols’ did in his second game since coming off the DL is go 4-4 and hit his 26th home run. In fairness to the Cardinals Scott Rolen is a darn good hitter too. Justin Verlander struggled, but out-dueled Carpenter to earn his ninth victory on the year. He pitched six innings with seven hits and four runs while walking three and striking out five. Fernando Rodney allowed a run pitching the seventh and eighth innings for his eighth hold. Todd...

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  July 3, 2006

Game 73: Detroit Tigers 3 Milwaukee Brewers 4
(By: The Olde English Ds)

This is an outcome you don’t see often from this 2006 Detroit Tigers team. They blew a one run lead in the bottom of the seventh inning to put an end to a six game winning streak. Rickie Weeks went yard off Joel Zumaya with two outs and a runner aboard in the bottom of the seventh. Zumaya took his first lost of the season and only his second blown save. Nate Robertson started and got the first two outs in the seventh. He gave up a base hit with two outs before Zumaya surrendered the home run. Nate allowed three runs only two earned in his almost seven innings of work. Detroit’s inability...

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  July 3, 2006

Game 72: Detroit Tigers 10 Milwaukee Brewers 1
(By: The Olde English Ds)

Well so much for the loss of Mike Maroth from the rotation having a huge devastating effect on the Tigers starting pitching. Zack Minor allows only a single run in the ninth inning while throwing a complete game five hitter. Minor is demonstrating he belongs in the major leagues. He is now 3-1 with a 2.08 ERA. He walked only two Brewers and struck out five. All the while only needing 84 pitches to complete the game.

Meanwhile Detroit’s offense experienced a power surge to support the young right-hander. The Tigers bombed four home runs including two by Magglio Ordonez to put up double-digit runs. Maggs ended up with four RBI on the evening and...

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  June 20, 2006

Game 71: Detroit Tigers 3 Milwaukee Brewers 1
(By: The Olde English Ds)

Detroit baseball fans are starting to get spoiled this year, but it is well deserved after nearly 20 years of painful memories and obscurity. It is getting to the point that even when they are trailing late in the game you expect Detroit to find a way to win. Last night was more proof of that fact. After the bottom of the seventh inning it appeared the Tigers might waste another 12-strikeout performance from Jeremy Bonderman. However, some small ball, hustle and a clutch two-out hit and Bonderman suddenly was in line for the win. Bonderman became the first Detroit pitcher to have back-to-back games of 12 or more strikeouts since 1971 when Mickey Lolich struck...

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  June 19, 2006

Game 70: Detroit Tigers 12 Chicago Cubs 3
(By: The Olde English Ds)

In order to save time I will list the Tigers starting positional players that did not go yard against the Cubs…Placido Polanco…Magglio Ordonez…and…and…huh…I guess that is it. Detroit ruined the return of Mark Prior to the Cubs rotation and continued to batter the bullpen. The Tigers tied a club record with 8 home runs in the game. That number included two home runs each by Chris Shelton and Brandon Inge. The two homers by Inge give him the team lead with fifteen on the season. Rmayer looks to be right on with predicting 30 HRs on the year for Inge, who is halfway there after 70 games. Also, Rmayer’s infatuation with Thames seems well placed...

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  June 17, 2006   TIGERS  

Game 69: Detroit Tigers 9 Chicago Cubs 3
(By: The Olde English Ds)

Detroit scored early and scored late to easily take care of the Chicago Cubs. Justin Verlander picked up his eighth win even without his best stuff. He went 5.2 innings and only allowed one run despite nine hits and three walks. Wil Ledezma pitched well again in his second outing getting his first hold. He went a perfect inning and a third. Fernando Rodney pitched the last two innings and gave up a couple runs in the ninth to make the score closer than it really was.

The Tigers quickly took the lead in the first with three runs. Granderson led off the game with a triple and came home on a single by...

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  June 17, 2006

Game 68: Detroit Tigers 5 Chicago Cubs 3
(By: The Olde English Ds)

Nate “the Great” went seven innings for his seventh victory on the season. Robertson surrendered only five hits and two runs before giving way to the bullpen over the final two innings. Jamie Walker, Joel Zumaya and Todd Jones combined to finish off the Cubbies. Zumaya recorded his sixteenth hold while giving up a run in two thirds of an inning. Jones worked an uneventful ninth for his eighteenth save.

On the offensive side of things Curtis Granderson hit well in his hometown. He scored two runs and drove in one with a double and a triple. With the 2-3 performance Granderson raised his average to .287 on the year. Marcus Thames continues...

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  June 17, 2006

Game 67: Detroit Tigers 6 Tampa Bay Devil Rays 2
(By: The Olde English Ds)

What a difference three years makes. In all of 2003 the Detroit Tiger won 43 games. They have matched it this year already with 43 wins in 67 games. I think this fact points out the great job Dave Dombrowski has done in rebuilding the Tigers through free agency and their farm system. Three year ago the Tigers were on the verge of being the worst team in the history of baseball. This year so far they have the best record in all of baseball.

I thought the Tigers were in trouble when Mike Maroth went under the knife and left the rotation. However, they just called up Zach Minor up from triple A...

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