Ryan Raburn went 3-for-4 and drove in three runs to lead the Tigers to a 12-3 rout of the Royals last night in the opener of a 3-game series at Comerica Park.
Jhonny Peralta added two hits and three RBI’s for Detroit, which blew open a 5-to-2 game with seven runs in the sixth inning. The top four hitters in the lineup scored two runs each as the Tigers won their fourth in-a-row.
Jeremy Bonderman pitched six innings of two-run ball to move to 7-and-9 with the win. Detroit scored the dozen runs without the benefit of a home run or a triple
Kansas city had played three straight extra innings games against the White Sox before last night’s game in Detroit
Rick Porcello gets the start tonight for Detroit against the Royals. Tiger’s designated hitter Johnny Damon has confirmed he’s been claimed on waivers by the Red Sox. Damon has a no trade clause so he has until tomorrow to decide if he’ll accept a return to Boston, where he played for the Red Sox from 2002-to-2005 and helped them win the 2004 World Series.
Damon later agreed to a four-year deal with the rival Yankees and then was signed by Tigers in the off season. Last night, the 36-year old Damon said he was leaning toward staying in Detroit but remains unsure what happens next, calling the decision one of the hardest of his career.
The White Sox were idle Monday and picked up a half-game on the first place Twins after Minnesota lost 4-to-0 at Texas. The White Sox, who now trail the Twins by 4-and-a-half games, open a series at home tonight against Baltimore.
And the Cubs won 9-to-1 last night at Washington in their first game under interim manager Mike Quade, the third base coach who took over following Lou Piniella’s retirement on Sunday.