Yorman BazardoTigers pitched 7 scoreless innings as the Tigers blanked the Twins 8-0 tonight. Bazardo allowed 6 hits, walked 3 and had 5 strikeouts in an impressive performance. The 23 year old right-hander is making a bid to win a job as a reliever or perhaps even a starter at the beginning of 2008. He has compiled a 2.28 ERA in 22 2/3 innings as a starter and reliever for Detroit. In 136 2/3 innings for Toledo, he had a 3.75 ERA.
The Tigers' 15 hit attack was led by Magglio Ordonez who had his 28th homer, 52nd double and raised his league leading batting average to .359. Other Tigers with 2 hits were Placido Polanco, Gary Sheffield, Carlos Guillen and Timo Perez. Curtis Granderson only had 1 hit but it was his 23rd triple. He is the first major leaguer with 23 triples since Dale Mitchell in 1949. Next up is Ty Cobb who had 24 in 1917. Granderson is also the first 23-23-23-23 man in the history of the game.
For those of you who are still hoping for a miracle finish, the Rays just scored 6 runs in the bottom of the 6th to take a 6-5 lead. A Yankee win in that game would officially eliminate the Tigers.