The Tigers now have a share of first place with the White Sox in the American League Central with one week left in the season. Last night, Anibal Sanchez fired a three hitter to lead the Tigers to a 2-to-0 shutout over the Royals, giving Detroit wins in the first two games of the 4-game series at Comerica Park. Meanwhile, the White Sox fell for the sixth time in seven games with their 4-to-3 loss to the Indians in Chicago Tuesday afternoon. Sanchez struck out 10 and walked only one en route to improving to 4-and-6. It was his best start since coming over to Detroit from the Marlins in a July trade.
Prince Fielder and Delmon Young singled in the only runs of the night in the opening frame off Kansas City starter Bruce Chen, who allowed all ten of Detroit’s hits over six-and-two-thirds innings of work. However, none of those hits came off the bat of Tiger triple crown threat Miguel Cabrera, who went 0-for-3, bringing an end to his 14-game hitting streak.
Rick Porcello starts tonight for the Tigers and then it’s Doug Fister on the mound tomorrow afternoon in Detroit’s final home game of the regular season.
The Chicago Cubs were doubled up by Colorado last night in Denver 10-to-5 in a rain-shortened seven inning game.