FLUSHING, NY - The Detroit Tigers opened up its brief three-game trip to Citi Field with a 6-1 win against the New York Mets and Daisuke Matsuzaka, who had been toiling in the Cleveland minor league system before being acquired by the Mets on Thursday. He gave up 5 runs on 6 hits in 5 innings of work, including a solo home run and an RBI double from Torii Hunter and Miguel Cabrera’s 41st homer of the season. Austin Jackson added a solo homer, while Doug Fister improved to 11-6 on the season with 6-1/3 innings of 1-run ball, giving up 8 hits with 4 strikeouts and 2 walks. This afternoon on the hill, it’s a rematch of All-Star Game starters – 18-1 Max Scherzer for the Tigers vs. Mets ace Matt Harvey.
Detroit increased its lead in the AL Central over Cleveland to 6 games thanks to Minnesota’s 5-1 win over the Tribe. The White Sox lost to Texas 11-5, while the Cubs lost at San Diego 8-6.