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First Sunday Loss: Rockies 3, Tigers 1

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Sometimes, it only takes one sentence to adequately recap a game. Let's try it with this: Dane Sardinha drove in the only run for the Detroit Tigers this afternoon.

No disrespect intended to Sardinha, who came into Sunday's game batting .053/.050/.105 with one RBI. And during various points in a season, guys like him surprise everyone by making the difference in a game. (Actually, Sardinha did just that last year against these same Colorado Rockies.) But this wasn't one of those days.

And though Dontrelle Willis didn't pitch nearly as impressively as he did last Tuesday - giving up seven hits and four walks in 6.2 innings - if he'd gotten any kind of offense from his lineup, his effort would've been good enough to win.

Whimper:

Jim Leyland tried to kick-start the Tigers' offense by shaking up the top of his batting order, moving Josh Anderson into the leadoff spot and Curtis Granderson down to the fifth spot. The last time Leyland shuffled things around, it worked wonderfully. But he didn't get the same response on Sunday.

Anderson: 0-for-4. Ramon Santiago: 0-for-4. Clete Thomas: 0-for-2. Granderson: 0-for-4.

Comment of the Day:

And really...

You could argue that the Tigers shouldn’t even have gotten THAT run. That ball probably should’ve been caught.

by SabreRoseTiger

A two-game losing streak and a series loss to the Rockies doesn't leave a good feeling as the Tigers hit the road for the next seven games. But a 7-2 homestand was impressive. And because of that, Detroit has a first-place cushion heading into a series with the second-place Royals.


AL Central Standings

W L PCT GB STRK
Detroit 24 18 .571 0 Lost 2
Kansas City 22 22 .500 3 Won 1
Minnesota 21 23 .477 4 Won 3
Chicago 19 24 .441 5.5 Lost 1
Cleveland 17 28 .377 8.5 Lost 1

(updated 5.24.2009 at 9:52 PM EDT)