Sunday was a big baseball day in Motown.
Coming off their first win in what seemed like forever Saturday (5-2 over the A’s), the Tigers could regain first with a win and a Cleveland loss.
Magglio Ordoñez made sure Detroit did its part when he homered twice — in the same inning — as the Tiger offense finally clicked in a 11-6 pounding of Oakland.
Elsewhere, the Yankees were looking for their second sweep of Cleveland this season and got it behind Andy Pettitte’s strong effort. Somehow, C.C. Sabathia’s prediction doesn’t look so strong after 3 straight losses.
Athletics 6, Tigers 11: Nate Robinson picked up the win, allowing 4 runs in 5 and 2/3. Ordoñez raised his MLB-leading batting average to .357. Oakland’s 14 games back in the A.L. West. Next up for Detroit, a showdown in Cleveland.
Yankees 5, Indians 3: Speaking of that Yankees sweep, it moved them within 4 games of first in the A.L. East. We’ve been saying all along, if you’re on that “Yankees miss the playoffs” train, don’t hold your breath. That was a lot of metaphoring.
Cubs 3, Rockies 6: Everyone’s favorite feel-good story hasn’t been playing so hot lately. The Cubbies are 3-7 in their last 10, and life without the Fons is looking a lot rougher than first imagined. The Rockies hung 21 runs on Chicago in the last two games of the series.
Braves 3, Phillies 5: Ryan Howard’s go-ahead 3-run homer in the 5th was all the Phillies needed to top Atlanta and move within 3 games of first. Jamie Moyer (somehow) won his 11th game of the season.
Red Sox 3, Orioles 6
Mariners 6, White Sox 0
Twins 2, Angels 6
Blue Jays 4, Royals 1
Devil Rays 1, Rangers 9
Marlins 4, Mets 10
Padres 10, Reds 4
Brewers 4, Astros 6
Dodgers 2, Cardinals 12
Pirates 5, Giants 0
Nationals 7, Diamondbacks 6