- The Tigers won on a Sunday for the first time all season.
- After the starting pitchers — Jeremy Bonderman and Seattle’s Miguel Batista — both put together quality starts, the bullpens for both teams made a mess in the ninth inning.
- This was good news for the Tigers, who touched Michigan-native JJ Putz for four runs to break a 3-3 tie.
- This was bad news for Todd Jones, who gave back half of that lead before getting his first out of the day. But ultimately, he got the job done in typical Jones’ “this shouldn’t be so interesting but don’t worry” fashion.
- With two hits and two RBIs, Miguel Cabrera had a nice hitting day in his return to the five slot after spending the previous two days No. 6.
- Curtis Granderson had a three-run day.
- Carlos Guillen played left field for the first time and seemed to do a decent enough job. (Separate post forthcoming)
- Detroit is one game out of third place (Cleveland).
- I’ll start with that last point. This season has sucked, obviously. It’s just been one big disappointment. And yet the Tigers are one game behind the Indians. Now obviously at some point, we have to start turning our attention to the fact maybe they aren’t the team to beat in the division this year — if there is one. Right now it’s Chicago and the White Sox are 6 games up. But seeing as it’s June 1 and if anyone knows a lot can change in the final two months of the year, it’s Tigers fans, then I guess the season isn’t worth throwing away quite yet.
- The Tigers had to have a late innings comeback eventually. I know they’ve had a few this season, but nothing too dramatic recently. They rallied from a run down in the 7th and really put on a show in the eighth ninth.