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Final - 4.27.2010 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
Minnesota Twins 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 2
Detroit Tigers 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

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If that looks like a whole lot of 0's in the Tigers' row, be thankful there wasn't another: no hits. The first few innings, it appeared as if Francisco Liriano had no-hit stuff. Fortunately, Miguel Cabrera put an end to that in the fifth inning, and the team finished with five. Unfortunately, Detroit never really got any momentum going and still scored no runs. The Tigers are going to have to hack into the Twins' system and delete their number, because it sure seems like Minnesota has it.

It was not a situation conducive to the Tigers having much success, of course. Liriano was on the mound and riding a hot streak. (He's got his ERA down to 0.93 after eight shutout innings with 10 strikeouts.) The Twins had an off day Monday to travel to Detroit, while the Tigers were playing an 8 p.m. game in Texas and arriving home at about 6 in the morning. Liriano was on the mound. Yes, I know I said that already. Oh, and the Twins are pretty good anyway.

The only other thing Detroit could have had going against it is to be televised on ESPN ... wait ... what? ... tonight? NOOOO!!!!!

For whatever the reason you like, Detroit beat itself with three errors. The Tigers' pitchers allowed no earned runs. Minnesota went up 1-0 when left fielder Ryan Raburn dropped the third out. On one hand, I'm amazed he even got to the ball. But to get there, drop it, and fall down, ugh. Raburn's outfield defense is ... meh.

The Twins added insurance when second baseman Scott Sizemore tried to make an impossible play and threw the ball away.

And that was that.

Detroit had a few hits here and there but nothing of much interest happened. And that was the real story.

A few bullet points:

  • Austin Jackson's strikeout streak finally ended at 19 games. On a night the Tigers had 12 of them, he provided 0. Good for him.
  • Despite the strikeouts, Detroit's not going to change a thing about his swing.
  • He came up in the sabermetric community in several posts today. Fangraphs, Rob Neyer and the original from the YES Network all commented on the strikeouts and BABIP. Lee even got involved at Tiger Tales.
  • Johnny Damon had two hits, including a leadoff single in the ninth inning. He now leads the team in on-base percentage with .443.
  • Justin Verlander's pitch count was insane early in the game yet again. He finished with 121 pitches in just shy of six innings and his ERA is less than 6, anyway. He had seven strikeouts and looked a lot closer to the Verlander we expect
  • The Tigers are not too concerned about pitching prospect Jacob Turner's forearm tightness. Just better safe than sorry, we can all agree.

Comment of the Night

Despite several calls I should award it to myself, Dale S deserves it for her follow-up to my questioning whether to watch The Deadliest Catch.

The deadliest non-catch
was at 8:40