A wild regular season for the Tigers at Comerica Park had a fitting ending yesterday afternoon in Detroit’s last home game. Tiger starter Doug Fister was in the zone against the Royals for the first seven innings which included a new American League record as he struck out nine straight Kansas City batters. But with Detroit leading 4-to-0, Fister found trouble in the eighth when the Royals scored 3 runs and then in the top of the ninth, Joaquin Benoit gave up a game-tying homer to Billy Butler. However, in the bottom of the frame, Alex Avila's one out bases loaded grounder to first brought home the winning run and the Tiger’s 5-to-4 victory gave them a sweep of the 4-game series. It also boosted their lead in the American League Central to two games over the second place White Sox, who lost 3-to-2 last night at Tampa Bay.
Detroit’s last six games on the schedule begin tonight in the opener of a 3-game series at Minnesota and then it’s onto Kansas City next week to wrap up the regular season. Tiger’s pitcher Max Scherzer is skipping his next scheduled start because of continuing shoulder fatigue. He was slated to go to the hill tonight against the Twins. A timetable for his next turn has not been determined. Drew Smyly will get the start tonight at Minnesota.
The Cubs are on a pace to lose 100 games for the first time since 1966 after they suffered their 97th defeat of the season Thursday afternoon, falling 7-to-5 at Colorado.
And Manny Acta will not return as manager of the Cleveland Indians. Acta,who was hired by the Indians after the 2009 season, led the team to an American League worst record of 65-and-91 this year. Sandy Alomar Jr. will serve as interim manager for Cleveland's final six games of the season.