DETROIT, MI (WTVB) - The Tigers were tripped up by the Twins last night with Detroit losing 6-to-3 in the opener of a 3-game series at Comerica Park. The defeat trimmed the Tigers’ lead in the American League Central to 5-and-a-half games over the second place Indians, who outlasted the Angels in extra innings.
Miguel Cabrera came to the plate for the Tigers last night in the bottom of the ninth with two on and two out but he struck out to end the game. Cabrera, who has been playing through a variety of injuries, appeared to have re-aggravated his strained abdomen in his final at bat. Also in the last frame, Detroit catcher Brayan Pena was forced to leave the game in pain after he fouled a ball off his right big toe. It happened on the third pitch of his at bat but he remained in the contest and hit a single up the middle and limped to first base before being replaced by backup catcher Bryan Holaday. X-rays were negative on Pena and he’ll be checked out again today. Prince Fielder had a solo home run and an RBI groundout for the Tigers last night while Detroit starter Rick Porcello had his five game winning streak snapped. Porcello slipped to 9-and-7, lasting only 4-and-a-third innings, giving up five runs on 7 hits with six strikeouts and 2 walks.
After the game, the Tigers said reliever Phil Coke was being sent down to Triple-A Toledo to work on control issues. Left-hander Jose Alvarez is being recalled to replace Coke on the active roster and Detroit manager Jim Leyland said Coke will be back with the Tigers when rosters are expanded September 1st.
The Chicago White Sox last night blanked the Royals 2-to-0 at Kansas City while the Cubs lost 4-to-2 to the Nationals at Wrigley Field.