Pretty much all the Tigers had to do to put some pressure on Cleveland in the A.L. Central was sweep the White Sox.
Chicago IS in last place in the division, three games back of Kansas City.
You would think welcoming them to Detroit for a series would be sweet relief for the Tigers.
But no, see the Tigers are better on the road than they are at home. And that man to the left, that’s Jeremy Bonderman, who’s officially awful when he needs to be great.
So now, the division lead is 7 games. This was one of the tightest and most competitive races a month ago.
Now, the possibility of two A.L. Central teams in the playoffs looks about as probable as two N.L. Central teams playing in October.
Where’s the fiery Leyland speech? About how you aren’t going to take it anymore? It’s about time for one of those.
White Sox 3, Tigers 1: Jon Garland pitched a gem for Chicago, scattering seven hits during seven innings of work. The only Tigers’ run came off the bat of Carlos Guillen, who went 2-for-4. Detroit’s fifth loss in seven games has them 3.5 games out of the Wild Card.
Pirates 2, Cardinals 6: Yea, yea, so the Brewers have narrowed the N.L. Central lead to a half game. The Cubs continue tanking. And so on. But the Cardinals, the Cardinals are 7-3 in their last 10, and now just 1 game back. Everyone’s favorite firecracker David Eckstein was 3-for-4 in the game and Joel Pineiro got the win. We immediately regret choosing the Cubs to win the division.
Dodgers 6, Cubs 2: Still love Kerry Wood, Chicago? The former ace gave up two big runs out of the bullpen to ruin Steve Trachsel’s return to the Windy City. Matt Kemp went 4-for-5 for the Dodgers, but the most impressive stat of the game? 2:51. That’s gotta be a record for shortest game with Trachsel pitching.
Mariners 3, Yankees 12
Blue Jays 3, Red Sox 5
Orioles 8, Devil Rays 4
Royals 8, Rangers 9
Cleveland 7, Twins 5 (F/11)
Athletics 3, Angels 4
Marlins 3, Nationals 4
Mets 11, Reds 7
Phillies 5, Braves 2
Astros 3, Brewers 5
Giants 5, Rockies 6
Padres 1, Diamondbacks 9