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What did we do to deserve this? Rays 3, Tigers 2

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Final - 7.27.2010 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Detroit Tigers 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 12 0
Tampa Bay Rays 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 X 3 5 1
WP: James Shields (9 - 9)
SV: Rafael Soriano (27)
LP: Justin Verlander (12 - 6)

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OK, seriously. The baseball gods are just toying with us, taunting us. The past year they've been pushing pins into a Tigers bobblehead.

I won't list the litany, you're all too familiar with it.

Nevertheless, we add to it when yet again when the Tigers -- say it with me -- threaten but fail to score.

More than once, actually. Runners on second and third with no outs? No problem. They're not coming home.

How about runners on first, second and third for feared hitter Miguel Cabrera in the ninth inning ... down by one ... with just one out? No problem either. Just your run-of-the-mill webgem 5-4-3 double play to end the threat.

And if it's not former Tiger Matt Joyce hitting a key home run, it's former Tiger Carlos Pena doing it. Oh, but Joyce is hitting a key double too this time.

Ugh. Seriously. Ugh.

Justin Verlander throws a complete game and ends up with the patented Zack Greinke CGL. The Tigers out-hit the Rays 12-5 and yet lose.

Watching the Tigers has something akin to torture lately. How, specifically, the fans are flogged, we don't know until it happens. We just know something bad is going to happen if we don't start confessing fast.

I don't know what we did to piss off the baseball gods, but it must have been something pretty bad.