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Have the Tigers turned the corner?


Final - 6.26.2012 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
Detroit Tigers 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 5
Texas Rangers 1 0 0 4 1 0 1 0 X 7

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Have the Tigers turned the corner? That seems like an important question. I mean, everyone keeps asking it, so it must be important. Sweep the Twins in May -- did they turner the corner? Nope. Do well in interleague play -- did they turner the corner? Hard saying, I mean, it is the National League, not, like, major league teams. Only two games out of first place -- did they turn the corner? Well, maybe. Clobber the ball and beat Texas on the road, then take a lead in the middle game of the series -- did they turn the corner? Well, apparently not judging by the rest of the game.

Like I've said in the podcast, the Tigers have turned more corners than in a maze. So I decided I'd make you one to demonstrate just what this season feels like. Go ahead, work your way through it. I'll wait.

Detroit took a 2-0 lead in the first inning after Austin Jackson and Miguel Cabrera took advantage of a wild Yu Darvish to get on base. Prince Fielder made Darvish pay with a two-run double.

The game had two major turning points.

The first: Tigers starter Drew Smyly hurt his own cause in the fifth inning when he double clutched then had a throwing error with one out in the fourth. Whether it was because of lingering thoughts of the error or because the Rangers are good, it's hard to say. But we can say four of the next five batters had hits off Smyly, turning a 3-1 Tigers lead into a 5-3 deficit by the end of the inning.

With Detroit down 7-4 in the eighth, another turning point arrived. Jackson and Quintin Berry led off the inning with walks against Rangers reliever Mike Adams. That gave the heart of the Tigers' order -- Cabrera and Fielder -- the opportunity to knot the game up -- or at least tighten it by quite a bit. Unfortunately for Detroit, after Cabrera got ahead in the count, he eventually hit the ball to the deepest part of the ballpark, and it landed in Josh Hamilton's glove as his back hit the outfield wall. Fielder then grounded out to first.

So the Tigers ended up losing by two and falling back to two games under .500. I suppose if you looked at the pitching matchup before the game, you'd have expected a Tigers loss, anyway. But on the other hand, it still feels like a game given away.

Have you finished the maze? No? That's what projecting the rest of the season is starting to feel like, too.

3 ROARS

Prince Fielder - HR, 2-run double

Quintin Berry - hit, walk, 2-out RBI

Jose Valverde? - well, 1-2-3 ninth anyway

3 HISSES

Drew Smyly -- Texas is tough, but he really didn't respond well after the error and allowed 6 runs for the game

5-6-7 in the Tigers lineup - Delmon Young, Brennan Boesch and Jhonny Peralta combined for 0-for-12.

Ramon Santiago - 0-for-3, 3 strikeouts

GAME 73 POG

Rick Porcello