This is the first Christmas in July where I haven’t titled the post “You’re Getting a Lump of Coal.” Justin Verlander gave up a couple runs and a lot of extra-base hits early, but had the wherewithal to see that the Jays were sitting on his fastball, and started to mix in his offspeed stuff which worked beautifully. And before you knew it, he was able to give the team eight solid innings. Offensively, it was kind of a pitching duel with Ricky Romero for most of the game characterized by a couple of baserunning blunders. Ramon Santiago got doubled up on a soft line drive to second that he should not have been. Magglio thought that a pitch Ryan Raburn had swung and missed at had gotten away from the catcher, but it hadn’t, and was a dead duck. Miguel Cabrera led off the sixth with a double but got thrown out at third on Raburn’s ground ball to first (although that wasn’t really a baserunning mistake so much as it was a heads-up play by Overbay). However, Cabrera came through twice for the Tigers, knocking in both the first run in the fourth and the go-ahead run in the eighth.
The series continues tonight. Rick Porcello will try to see if he can duplicate that great outing he had in