The Tigers were just 1-for-16 last night with runners in scoring position and it cost them at Toronto, where the Blue Jays pulled out a 3-to-2 win in 11-innings. Toronto scored the game winning rbi single off reliever Phil Coke, who fell to 7-and-3.
Detroit starter Justin Verlander didn’t figure in the decision, giving up a pair of solo homers with 8 strikeouts over eight innings. Johnny Damon tied the game for the Tigers at two with an RBI-single in the top of the ninth….
Alfredo Figaro will start for the Tigers this afternoon at Toronto in game 3 of the 4 game series. Jeremy Bonderman was a scratch for Detroit because of inflammation in his right rib cage.
The White Sox last night beat the Yankees 9-to-4, keeping Chicago 3-and-a-half games behind the Central Division leading Twins, who doubled up Seattle 6-to-3. The third place Tigers are ten games behind the Twins. The Cubs lost to the Reds 7-to-1.
Meanwhile, the White Sox have reportedly been awarded Dodgers slugger Manny Ramirez through a waiver claim, MLB.com has confirmed. There is still the matter of either finalizing a trade with Los Angeles before the Tuesday deadline or assuming the remaining balance on Ramirez's two-year $20 million contract that is set to expire at season's end.