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PostSubject: GDT9: 4/11/13 - DET (4-4) VS TOR (3-5) - 1:08 p.m. ET    Thu Apr 11, 2013 1:34 am

GDT9: 4/11/13 - DET (4-4) VS TOR (3-5) - 1:08 p.m. ET





--- VS ---

Detroit Tigers VS Toronto Blue Jays
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Comerica Park, Detroit, MI
Game Time - 1:08 p.m. EDT



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Pitching matchup


Tigers: RHP Doug Fister (1-0, 5.40 ERA)

Fister wasn't spectacular in the home opener, but he picked up the win after allowing six hits and three earned runs against the Yankees. His control was off, walking two batters, hitting two and throwing a wild pitch.



Blue Jays: RHP Josh Johnson (0-0, 4.50 ERA)

Johnson allowed four runs on nine hits while striking out six in his Blue Jays debut against Boston. The biggest blow came on a Mike Napoli homer, but Johnson was mostly able to pitch out of trouble when needed.





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Blue Jays steal momentum, set up rubber game

By Evan Peaslee / MLB.com | 4/10/2013 10:04 PM ET

The Toronto Blue Jays will look to continue their momentum after a come-from-behind victory Wednesday against the Detroit Tigers when the two teams battle it out in the rubber match of their three-game series at Comerica Park on Thursday.

Toronto's early struggles have been well documented, as the club has been out of sync in all three phases of its game since the season began.

"I know that all we have to report on is what we see each day, and it's going to be a story. You just can't react to tiny sample sizes at this point," Toronto general manager Alex Anthopoulos said prior to Wednesday's contest.

Things turned in the Blue Jays' favour on Wednesday in the sixth inning after Detroit took an early five-run lead. The trio of Rick Porcello, Brayan Villarreal and Darin Downs surrendered the Tigers' lead, giving up seven runs in the sixth and seventh inning combined, proving to be the difference in the ballgame.

Before Wednesday's middle-innings meltdown, the Tigers looked to be in complete control of the first two games of the series, and they'll look to rebound on Thursday.

Starting for the Tigers will be Doug Fister, who earned the victory in the Tigers' home opener against the New York Yankees last Friday. Fister allowed three runs on six hits while walking two and striking out two over five innings.

Josh Johnson will make his second start for the Blue Jays and hopes to emerge with his first victory since joining the team. Johnson took a no-decision in his first start with Toronto on Friday, allowing three earned runs on nine hits, while striking out six over six innings.

Tigers: Leyland seems set on a closer

• With Jose Valverde beginning his comeback attempt in Florida and Bruce Rondon in Triple-A Toledo, the closing duties appear to have fallen to Joaquin Benoit.

"On a lot of the days, if it's doable, I think Benoit is the most experienced and versatile enough against righties and lefties to pitch the ninth," said manager Jim Leyland on Wednesday.

• Victor Martinez returned to the Tigers' lineup after missing Tuesday's contest with a cut thumb and went 0-for-4 while leaving four runners on base. He did collect an RBI by coaxing a bases-loaded walk in a four-run fifth inning.

• The top four batters in the Tigers' lineup -- Austin Jackson, Torii Hunter, Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder -- are all off to great starts this season, batting a collective .365 with three home runs and 23 RBIs.

Blue Jays: Struggles continue defensively

• Toronto has struggled defensively all season, most notably Emilio Bonifacio at second and Maicer Izturis at third. Combined they have six of the team's eight errors, while playing at slightly unfamiliar positions.

• J.P. Arencibia, Wednesday's hero with a three-run go-ahead double in the seventh inning, has started the year red hot, batting .313 with three home runs and seven RBIs.

• Toronto starters have allowed 30 earned runs in 41 1/3 innings for a 6.53 ERA through the team's first eight games.

Worth noting

• Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie will play in an extended spring training game on Thursday, his first since his injury in early March.

Evan Peaslee is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.







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Tiger's MLB Game Notes


INJURY UPDATE:

RF Avisail Garcia (Right heel contusion, 15-day DL retroactive to March 22, 2013).





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BROADCAST SCHEDULE:


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On the Internet

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On television


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On radio

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XM Channel Schedule






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Up next (Probable Pitchers)
FRI, April 12:
TIGERS: (RHP Max Scherzer (1-0, 7.20 ERA)) AT
ATHLETICS: (RHP Bartolo Colon (1-0, 4.50 ERA))
10:05 p.m. ET (FS-D / AM 1270 & 97.1 FM)


SAT, April 13:
TIGERS: (RHP Justin Verlander (1-1, 2.19 ERA)) AT
ATHLETICS: (LHP Brett Anderson (1-1, 1.38 ERA))
4:05 p.m. ET (FS-D / AM 1270 & 97.1 FM)


SUN, April 14:
TIGERS: (RHP Anibal Sanchez (1-0, 1.50 ERA)) AT
ATHLETICS: (RHP Jarrod Parker (0-1, 6.48 ERA))
4:05 p.m. ET (FS-D / AM 1270 & 97.1 FM)






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PostSubject: Re: GDT9: 4/11/13 - DET (4-4) VS TOR (3-5) - 1:08 p.m. ET    Thu Apr 11, 2013 1:35 am

STARTING LINEUPS:

TIGERS

Austin Jackson, CF
Torii Hunter, RF (2-for-2, double, triple against Johnson)
Miguel Cabrera, 3B
Prince Fielder, 1B (4-for-11, double, triple, 2 RBIs against Johnson)
Victor Martinez, DH
Andy Dirks, LF
Jhonny Peralta, SS
Alex Avila, C
Omar Infante, 2B (2-for-8, triple, 2 RBIs against Johnson)

P: Doug Fister


BLUE JAYS


Jose Reyes, SS
Melky Cabrera, LF (3-for-10, 3 K’s off Fister)
Jose Bautista, RF (3-for-8, 2 doubles off Fister)
Edwin Encarnacion, 1B (2-for-12 off Fister)
J.P. Arencibia, C (0-for-1, walk off Fister)
Rajai Davis, RF (11-for-26, 2 doubles off Fister)
Colby Rasmus, CF (1-for-4, RBI off Fister)
Mark DeRosa, 3B
Maicer Izturis, 2B (2-for-10, 2 doubles off Fister)

P: Josh Johnson


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PostSubject: Re: GDT9: 4/11/13 - DET (4-4) VS TOR (3-5) - 1:08 p.m. ET    Thu Apr 11, 2013 2:54 pm

TOR - Top 1st
B:1 S:0 O:1
Jose Reyes grounds out, shortstop Jhonny Peralta to first baseman Prince Fielder.

B:0 S:0 O:2
Melky Cabrera flies out to left fielder Andy Dirks.

B:1 S:1 O:2
Jose Bautista doubles (1) on a fly ball to second baseman Omar Infante, deflected by right fielder Torii Hunter.

B:0 S:0 O:3
Edwin Encarnacion flies out to left fielder Andy Dirks.


DET - Bot 1st
B:1 S:2 O:1
Austin Jackson grounds out, third baseman Mark DeRosa to first baseman Edwin Encarnacion.

B:1 S:1 O:2
Torii Hunter flies out to center fielder Colby Rasmus.

B:4 S:2 O:2
Miguel Cabrera walks.

B:4 S:2 O:2
Prince Fielder walks. Miguel Cabrera to 2nd.

With Victor Martinez batting, Miguel Cabrera steals (1) 3rd base.

B:3 S:2 O:2
Victor Martinez singles on a ground ball to left fielder Melky Cabrera. Miguel Cabrera scores. Prince Fielder to 2nd.
1 - 0

With Andy Dirks batting, wild pitch by Josh Johnson, Prince Fielder to 3rd. Victor Martinez to 2nd.

B:2 S:3 O:3
Andy Dirks strikes out swinging.

1 - 0 AFTER 1 INNING


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TOR - Top 2nd
B:0 S:0 O:1
J. P. Arencibia pops out to catcher Alex Avila in foul territory.

B:0 S:1 O:1
Rajai Davis hit by pitch.

Injury Delay.

With Colby Rasmus batting, Rajai Davis steals (1) 2nd base.

B:1 S:1 O:1
Colby Rasmus singles on a fly ball to left fielder Andy Dirks. Rajai Davis to 3rd.

B:1 S:2 O:2
Mark DeRosa out on a sacrifice fly to right fielder Torii Hunter. Rajai Davis scores.
TIED 1 - 1

B:0 S:2 O:3
Maicer Izturis grounds into a force out, second baseman Omar Infante to shortstop Jhonny Peralta. Colby Rasmus out at 2nd.


DET - Bot 2nd
B:2 S:2 O:0
Jhonny Peralta singles on a ground ball to center fielder Colby Rasmus.

B:3 S:2 O:0
Alex Avila singles on a line drive to right fielder Rajai Davis. Jhonny Peralta to 3rd.

B:0 S:0 O:1
Omar Infante out on a sacrifice fly to left fielder Melky Cabrera. Jhonny Peralta scores. Alex Avila to 2nd.
2 - 1

B:0 S:2 O:1
Austin Jackson singles on a line drive to right fielder Rajai Davis. Alex Avila scores. Austin Jackson to 2nd on the throw.
3 - 1

B:2 S:0 O:1
Torii Hunter singles on a ground ball to right fielder Rajai Davis. Austin Jackson scores.
4 - 1

Coaching visit to mound.

B:1 S:1 O:1
Miguel Cabrera triples (1) on a fly ball to center fielder Colby Rasmus, deflected by right fielder Rajai Davis. Torii Hunter scores.
5 - 1

B:1 S:1 O:1
Prince Fielder singles on a line drive to left fielder Melky Cabrera. Miguel Cabrera scores.
6 - 1

Pitching Change: Edgar Gonzalez replaces Josh Johnson.

Coaching visit to mound.


B:1 S:0 O:2
Victor Martinez flies out to center fielder Colby Rasmus.

B:1 S:3 O:3
Andy Dirks strikes out on a foul tip.

6 - 1 AFTER 2 INNINGS


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TOR - Top 3rd
B:4 S:2 O:0
Jose Reyes walks.

B:3 S:1 O:0
Melky Cabrera singles on a ground ball to shortstop Jhonny Peralta. Jose Reyes to 2nd.

B:0 S:2 O:1
Jose Bautista grounds into a force out, shortstop Jhonny Peralta to third baseman Miguel Cabrera. Jose Reyes out at 3rd. Melky Cabrera to 2nd. Jose Bautista to 1st.

B:0 S:0 O:2
Edwin Encarnacion singles on a ground ball to left fielder Andy Dirks. Melky Cabrera out at home on the throw, left fielder Andy Dirks to catcher Alex Avila. Jose Bautista to 2nd.

B:1 S:3 O:3
J. P. Arencibia strikes out swinging.


DET - Bot 3rd
B:3 S:2 O:1
Jhonny Peralta pops out to first baseman Edwin Encarnacion in foul territory.

B:3 S:2 O:2
Alex Avila grounds out, second baseman Maicer Izturis to first baseman Edwin Encarnacion.

B:0 S:1 O:3
Omar Infante flies out to right fielder Rajai Davis.

6 - 1 AFTER 3 INNINGS


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TOR - Top 4th
B:1 S:2 O:0
Rajai Davis singles on a ground ball to left fielder Andy Dirks.

B:0 S:0 O:1
Colby Rasmus grounds out, second baseman Omar Infante to first baseman Prince Fielder. Rajai Davis to 2nd.

B:1 S:3 O:2
Mark DeRosa strikes out swinging.

B:0 S:1 O:3
Maicer Izturis grounds out, second baseman Omar Infante to first baseman Prince Fielder.


DET - Bot 4th
B:1 S:0 O:0
Austin Jackson singles on a line drive to right fielder Rajai Davis.

B:1 S:2 O:1
Torii Hunter pops out to third baseman Mark DeRosa.

B:1 S:1 O:2
Miguel Cabrera grounds out, third baseman Mark DeRosa to first baseman Edwin Encarnacion. Austin Jackson to 2nd.

B:4 S:2 O:2
Prince Fielder walks.

B:4 S:2 O:2
Victor Martinez walks. Austin Jackson to 3rd. Prince Fielder to 2nd.

B:0 S:1 O:3
Andy Dirks grounds out, second baseman Maicer Izturis to first baseman Edwin Encarnacion.

6 - 1 AFTER 4 INNINGS


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PostSubject: Re: GDT9: 4/11/13 - DET (4-4) VS TOR (3-5) - 1:08 p.m. ET    Thu Apr 11, 2013 4:22 pm

TOR - Top 5th
B:1 S:1 O:0
Jose Reyes singles on a line drive to center fielder Austin Jackson.

B:2 S:2 O:1
Melky Cabrera grounds out, shortstop Jhonny Peralta to first baseman Prince Fielder. Jose Reyes to 2nd.

B:2 S:1 O:2
Jose Bautista grounds out, third baseman Miguel Cabrera to first baseman Prince Fielder.

B:2 S:2 O:3
Edwin Encarnacion pops out to third baseman Miguel Cabrera in foul territory.


DET - Bot 5th
B:4 S:2 O:0
Jhonny Peralta walks.

B:2 S:0 O:0
Alex Avila singles on a ground ball to center fielder Colby Rasmus. Jhonny Peralta to 2nd.

Coaching visit to mound.

Pitching Change: Esmil Rogers replaces Edgar Gonzalez.


B:1 S:0 O:0
Omar Infante singles on a bunt ground ball to pitcher Esmil Rogers. Jhonny Peralta to 3rd. Alex Avila to 2nd.

B:0 S:0 O:1
Austin Jackson grounds into a force out, third baseman Mark DeRosa to catcher J. P. Arencibia. Jhonny Peralta out at home. Alex Avila to 3rd. Omar Infante to 2nd. Austin Jackson to 1st.

B:1 S:2 O:1
Torii Hunter singles on a ground ball to right fielder Rajai Davis. Alex Avila scores. Omar Infante scores. Austin Jackson to 3rd.
8 - 1

B:2 S:3 O:2
Miguel Cabrera strikes out swinging.

B:1 S:0 O:2
Prince Fielder doubles (3) on a line drive to right fielder Rajai Davis. Austin Jackson scores. Torii Hunter scores.
10 - 1


B:1 S:0 O:3
Victor Martinez flies out to center fielder Colby Rasmus.

10 - 1 AFTER 5 INNINGS


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TOR - Top 6th
B:0 S:3 O:1
J. P. Arencibia called out on strikes.

B:1 S:3 O:2
Rajai Davis strikes out swinging.

B:1 S:0 O:3
Colby Rasmus flies out to center fielder Austin Jackson.


DET - Bot 6th
Defensive Substitution: Emilio Bonifacio replaces shortstop Jose Reyes, batting 1st, playing second base.

Defensive switch from second base to shortstop for Maicer Izturis.


B:4 S:1 O:0
Andy Dirks walks.

B:1 S:2 O:0
Jhonny Peralta singles on a ground ball to third baseman Mark DeRosa. Andy Dirks to 2nd.

B:2 S:3 O:1
Alex Avila strikes out swinging.

B:0 S:1 O:3
Omar Infante grounds into a double play, shortstop Maicer Izturis to second baseman Emilio Bonifacio to third baseman Mark DeRosa to second baseman Emilio Bonifacio. Andy Dirks out at 3rd. Jhonny Peralta out at 2nd.

10 - 1 AFTER 6 INNINGS


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TOR - Top 7th
B:1 S:0 O:0
Mark DeRosa singles on a ground ball to third baseman Miguel Cabrera.

B:1 S:0 O:2
Maicer Izturis grounds into a double play, shortstop Jhonny Peralta to second baseman Omar Infante to first baseman Prince Fielder. Mark DeRosa out at 2nd.

B:1 S:1 O:3
Emilio Bonifacio pops out to third baseman Miguel Cabrera in foul territory.


DET - Bot 7th
Pitching Change: Steve Delabar replaces Esmil Rogers.

B:1 S:2 O:0
Austin Jackson singles on a line drive to center fielder Colby Rasmus.

B:1 S:1 O:0
Torii Hunter hit by pitch. Austin Jackson to 2nd.

Offensive Substitution: Pinch-runner Don Kelly replaces Torii Hunter.

B:1 S:0 O:1
Miguel Cabrera flies out to right fielder Rajai Davis. Austin Jackson to 3rd.

B:0 S:1 O:2
Prince Fielder out on a sacrifice fly to left fielder Melky Cabrera. Austin Jackson scores.
11 - 1

B:0 S:2 O:3
Victor Martinez flies out to center fielder Colby Rasmus.

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TOR - Top 8th
Don Kelly remains in the game as the right fielder.

B:3 S:2 O:0
Melky Cabrera singles on a ground ball to center fielder Austin Jackson.

Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Adam Lind replaces Jose Bautista.

B:3 S:2 O:1
Adam Lind flies out to left fielder Andy Dirks.

B:1 S:3 O:2
Edwin Encarnacion called out on strikes.

B:0 S:2 O:3
J. P. Arencibia flies out to right fielder Don Kelly.


DET - Bot 8th
Adam Lind remains in the game as the designated hitter.

B:0 S:2 O:1
Andy Dirks pops out to shortstop Maicer Izturis.

B:2 S:2 O:1
Jhonny Peralta singles on a ground ball to left fielder Melky Cabrera.

B:2 S:3 O:2
Alex Avila strikes out swinging.

B:1 S:2 O:2
Omar Infante singles on a ground ball to center fielder Colby Rasmus. Jhonny Peralta to 2nd.

B:1 S:3 O:3
Austin Jackson strikes out swinging.

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PostSubject: Re: GDT9: 4/11/13 - DET (4-4) VS TOR (3-5) - 1:08 p.m. ET    Thu Apr 11, 2013 5:16 pm

TOR - Top 9th
Defensive Substitution: Ramon Santiago replaces third baseman Miguel Cabrera, batting 3rd, playing third base.

Defensive Substitution: Matt Tuiasosopo replaces first baseman Prince Fielder, batting 4th, playing first base.

Pitching Change:
Al Alburquerque replaces Doug Fister.


B:1 S:2 O:1
Rajai Davis flies out to left fielder Andy Dirks.

B:0 S:1 O:1
Colby Rasmus singles on a line drive to right fielder Don Kelly.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Henry Blanco replaces Mark DeRosa.

B:4 S:1 O:1
Henry Blanco walks. Colby Rasmus to 2nd.

B:1 S:2 O:2
Maicer Izturis flies out to left fielder Andy Dirks.

B:1 S:3 O:3
Emilio Bonifacio strikes out swinging.

TIGERS WIN 11-1

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W: Fister
L: Johnson, Jo


Game Info

Gonzalez, E pitched to 2 batters in the 5th.

WP: Johnson, Jo.
HBP: Davis, R (by Fister), Hunter, To (by Delabar).
Pitches-strikes: Johnson, Jo 56-32, Gonzalez, E 53-28, Rogers 34-21, Delabar 38-28, Fister 107-73, Alburquerque 22-15.
Groundouts-flyouts: Johnson, Jo 1-2, Gonzalez, E 3-2, Rogers 2-1, Delabar 0-3, Fister 8-6, Alburquerque 0-2.
Batters faced: Johnson, Jo 13, Gonzalez, E 13, Rogers 10, Delabar 10, Fister 32, Alburquerque 5.
Inherited runners-scored: Gonzalez, E 1-0, Rogers 2-2.
Umpires: HP: Angel Hernandez. 1B: Doug Eddings. 2B: John Tumpane. 3B: Dana DeMuth.
Weather: 35 degrees, drizzle.
Wind: 20 mph, L to R.
T: 3:00.
Att: 28,781.


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PostSubject: Re: GDT9: 4/11/13 - DET (4-4) VS TOR (3-5) - 1:08 p.m. ET    Sat Apr 13, 2013 9:56 am

Game 9: Finally Fister
BECK'S BLOGPosted on April 11, 2013 at 9:27 pm

The first sign that Doug Fister wasn’t going to be bothered by 35-degree temperatures and a wind-driven rain came when he stepped onto the field without long sleeves. These were similar conditions to those that led Justin Verlander, who hates long sleeves, to wear them on Opening Day.

The next sign came when Fister started dropping curveballs. By the middle innings, he was repeating them, daring the aggressive Jays — who weren’t going to walk their way into a rally this time — to put one of those breaking balls in play. By game’s end, he had thrown 21 curveballs out of his 107 pitches. Two-thirds of those curveballs went for strikes, 11 of them for strikes not put in play, according to MLB.com’s Gameday data and brooksbaseball.net (though Jim Leyland indicated that some Jays hitters were chasing it out of the strike zone).

A look at Fister’s velocity graph, again thanks to brooksbaseball.net, shows pretty well how much Fister mixed his velocities.



Weather like this around Detroit over this just-completed homestand left more than a few pitchers struggling to locate their breaking pitches. When asked how he managed to throw his so well, Fister initially shrugged it off, but later noted something important: He was able to make adjustments to tweak his pitches as the game went along.

For someone to do that in weather like this, and stick with the curve, is pretty impressive.

“A lot of it is mindset, staying with what works on a normal day, whether it’s 92 degrees or 35 degrees,” Fister said. “Just stick with what we’re trained to do. You find a little fine-tune adjustment through throwing it. It’s different in the bullpen. It’s different in the game.

“For me, it’s something that I’m always constantly working on in the game. If it’s short, there’s some things I need to do. If it’s high, more adjusting. It doesn’t matter if it’s cold, wet, hot, or anything else.”

His catcher, Alex Avila, said the wet part might have been better for that.

“Actually, the rain probably helps a little bit, because you need a little bit of moisture,” Avila said. “When it’s really cold and just dry, it makes it tough, because the balls are real slick. You’ve just got no feeling.”

Either way, this was the pitching we’ve become accustomed, maybe a little spoiled, to seeing from Doug Fister. We didn’t see it during his Spring Training struggles, mainly because he struggled to command everything. We saw progress with it in last Friday’s home opener, though he pitch very deep into the game with it.

Fister called it a timing tweak, staying back in his delivery and using his legs more.

“Today was definitely a step in the right direction,” Fister said.

The Tigers didn’t have any of their starters get past the sixth inning the first turn through the rotation. Fister was the third starter in Detroit’s last four games to pitch through seven innings, with Max Scherzer still left to complete his second turn. If they can get through at least six innings regularly, the Tigers bullpen by committee has a better chance of working.

Play of the game: Andy Dirks’ throw-out at home probably fills this category and the next one, but short of that, Omar Infante’s bunt deserves some recognition as the play that broke open the add-on rally that put the game out of reach. The ball was seemingly headed foul at least twice, but somehow stayed on path just inside the line, loading the bases with nobody out. The Tigers missed a couple chances like this on this homestand, but with the top of the order due up, they weren’t going to miss this one.

Biggest out: Fister cited the importance of what Leyland calls the shutdown inning, holding the other team scoreless after a pitcher gets a big inning from his own offense, in discussing how big Andy Dirks’ throw home on Melky Cabrera turned out to be. It was the third inning, but the Tigers had just built a 6-1 lead, the same margin the Jays overcame Wednesday.

“That’s a huge momentum builder for everybody, whether it’s me as a pitcher or anybody else standing around,” Fister said. “For us to score that inning, come back and put up a zero, I think that’s a big thing. That’s one of the things my college coach would always harp on, made it a huge focus. Score first, but put up a zero right after that. I think that says a lot for the team.”

Strategy: Leyland said after the game he called for the bunt, and had no problem doing it up 6-1.

“It was 6-1 yesterday at one time in the sixth inning and they came back, so I was trying to add on runs,” Leyland said.

Line of the day: Josh Johnson allowed six runs on seven hits over 1 1/3 innings, throwing 56 pitches in the process. Yeesh.

Stat of the day: 3 — Steals of third base by Miguel Cabrera in his Tiger tenure, which is only slightly less than his triples total (four)

Print it: “I’m not a fast runner, so I need to be a little bit smart. If I have a chance to do something, I have to make sure I’m going to be safe, 100 percent. Because [if it's] 90 percent, I’m going to be out. I have to be sure.” — Miguel Cabrera on his steal of third


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