The Tigers returned home today after going 5-3 on their recent road trip to Minnesota, Baltimore and Cleveland. In the first game of a three game series versus the Twins, the Tigers fell behind 3-0 early but scored 5 runs in the bottom of the 3rd and then cruised to a 7-4 victory. The 3rd inning explosion was highlighted by a bases loaded double by Chris Shelton. Other Tiger hitting heroes were Ivan Rodriguez, Carlos Guillen and Craig Monroe who had 2 hits apiece.
The Tigers did not get a quality start from Nate Robertson (3 runs and 7 hits in 5 innings) tonight but it was good enough. Roman Colon, Bobby Seay, Joel Zumaya and Todd Jones held the Twins to 1 run over the last 4 innings. Seay actually didn't help much as both batters he faced reached base.
Dmitri Young, who had been resting a sore quad, returned to the line-up and went 0-4 with 3 strikeouts. He is now batting .192 in 52 at bats for the season. Lim Leyland has said that Young needs to produce if he is going to stay in the line-up. It will be interestingto see how long he keeps using him if he continues not to produce. I'd rather see them use Marcus Thames who is batting .280/.345/.620 in 50 at bats.