Prince Fielder singled in the go-ahead run to ignite a three-run eighth inning as the Tigers remained undefeated with a 5-to-2 win over Tampa Bay yesterday at Comerica Park. Fielder’s rbi brought home Miguel Cabrera, who opened the frame with a double to deep right center. Jhonny Peralta added a sac-fly and Gerald Laird singled in a run to close out the scoring.
Phil Coke got the win in relief of Rick Porcello and Jose Valverde had a 1-2-3 ninth to earn his first save as the Tigers improved to 4-and-0. Austin Jackson’s solo homer for Detroit in the bottom of the seventh tied the game at 2-2. Jackson scored Detroit’s first run on a wild pitch in the third inning.
The Tigers host the Rays again this afternoon with Detroit ace Justin Verlander on the mound against James Shields.
Yesterday’s White Sox game at Cleveland was postponed while last night at Wrigley Field, the Cubs lost 7-to-4 to Milwaukee. And Miami Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen has been suspended five games by the team for comments he made about former Cuban leader Fidel Castro. Guillen was quoted in a Time magazine article, which appeared online last Friday, praising Castro for his longevity in the face of international scorn. The comments have drawn severe criticism from a Miamicommunity heavily populated with Cuban-Americans, many of whom left the Caribbean island nation to escape atrocities from Castro's dictatorial regime.
Guillen, a native of Venezuela, was apologetic during a nearly one-hour long news conference Tuesday, saying he was embarrassed by his comments, which he owned up to but said he made them while thinking first in Spanish and saying something different in English.