The Tigers could not overcome an early 5-1 deficit and lost to the Royals 7-4 tonight. Kenny Rogers allowed 5 runs (3 earned) in the first 2 innings before settling down for the next 4 innings. He was not helped by a fielding error by Brandon Inge which led to 2 unearned runs in the first inning.
The Tigers banged out 15 hits tonight but, as has often been the case in the second half, they couldn't bring the runners around. Magglio Ordonez led the attack with 4 hits and Curtis Granderson and Sean Casey each had 3. Ordonez got his 50th double and is now batting .358 for the year. Ichiro Suzuki went 2 for 4 today and is batting .351.
Batting titles and other individual achievements will be the main focus for most Tigers fans over the next week as they moved a step closer to mathematical elimination today. The Yankees beat the Blue Jays 12-11 in 10 innings today to cut their magic number to 3 games. The Tigers finish up their series versus the Royals tomorrow afternoon when Justin Verlander faces Jorge De La Rosa.