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.500 again! Tigers 9, Royals 1

Final - 8.24.2010 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Kansas City Royals 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 3 0
Detroit Tigers 1 0 0 2 4 2 0 0 X 9 16 0
WP: Rick Porcello (6 - 11)
LP: Kyle Davies (6 - 8)

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.500 again!
Gee, it's great to be .500 again!
I just can't imagine that it's been gone!
It's not starting over, it's just going on!

.500 again
Now we're back to winning again!

And no feeling feels like that feeling!
.500 again!

Apologies to The Muppets but for awhile there I was starting to doubt the Tigers would ever get back to .500 this season. A five-game winning streak against the Indians and Royals erased that worry. And guess what? Of the Twins, White Sox and Tigers, Detroit has the easiest remaining schedule.

I'm not saying they can win the division, but damn it, if they can avoid stepping on their own feet at least we're going to have an entertaining final quarter of the season. Johnny Damon knew it, and so do we.

And if I break out in song, damn it, that's just the risk you take.

Rick Porcello took a perfect game into the fifth inning, though Billy Butler ended any dreams before they got too realistic. He still finished the day after seven innings having allowed just two hits and a walk. And most importantly, no runs.

Meanwhile the Tigers made mince meat of KC starter Kyle Davies, and relievers Kanekoa Texeira and Dusty Hughes, to the tune of 16 hits for the night. Every starter collected at least one. Ryan Raburn's left the park for his eighth home run. Brennan Boesch and Alex Avila's went for doubles back to back. And Brandon Inge's was the 1000th of his career.

Sure, Ka ... Ku ... wait, how do you spell that? Kila Ka'aihue hit a 2-out home run in the ninth to keep the Tigers from getting a shutout. But who cares? A win is a win.

.500 again.

Sure it's not where we wanted to be but it's sure a heck of a lot better than where the Tigers were a week or two ago.