The injury-riddled Tigers scored four runs in the eighth-inning last night to rally past the Blue Jays 6-to-5 and earn a split of their day night doubleheader with Toronto at Comerica Park. In the opener yesterday afternoon, the Blue Jays won 5-to-3 on a 2-run homer in the ninth inning off Detroit closer Jose Valverde, who picked up the save in the nightcap despite giving up a solo homer in the ninth.
Ryan Raburn delivered the big hit in the Tiger victory with an eighth inning bases-loaded double that erased a 4-to-3 Toronto lead. Phil Coke tossed an inning of scoreless relief to pick up the win for Detroit in the makeup for Friday night’s rainout. Detroit yesterday placed outfielder Magglio Ordonez and second baseman Carlos Guillen on the 15-day disabled list. Ordonez, who broke his ankle sliding into home plate in Saturday night’s loss to the Blue Jays, is expected to be out six to eight weeks. Guillen strained his right calf two innings after Ordonez got hurt. Their injuries follow the loss of third baseman Brandon Inge, who broke his hand when he was hit by a pitch a week ago against the Rangers.
To fill the two latest openings on the roster, the Tigers called up infielders Jeff Larish and Will Rhymes from Triple-A Toledo. Sunday’s split with the Blue Jays left third place Detroit two games behind the Central Division leading White Sox, who lost 6-to-4 at Oakland. The second place Twins, who are a game out, beat Baltimore 10-to-4. And the Cubs lost 4-to-3 last night in 11-innings to the Cardinals at Wrigley Field.
In a couple of more baseball notes, Dan Haren, one of the few high-profile arms that was available with the July 31st trade deadline fast approaching, has been traded by the Diamondbacks to the Angels. And Andre Dawson, Whitey Herzog and Doug Harvey got their day in Cooperstown on Sunday afternoon, as the Baseball Hall of Fame held its annual induction ceremony. Dawson was the only player inducted and became the second member of the Baseball Hall of Fame with a Montreal Expos cap on his plaque. Herzog, the manager of the 1982 World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals, and former umpire Harvey were Veterans Committee choices.