Tigers pushing for respectability
In the Division that is demonstrably the worst in the Majors, the Detroit Tigers are looking to join the Cleveland Indians above .500 in the American League Central standings.
The Chicago White Sox, 3500/1 to win the AL Central Division, and the Kansas City Royals (4999/1) remain in full blown rebuilding mode while the Twins (30/1), and to a certain extent the Tigers (150/1) are still trying to get over the hump and back to winning baseball. Detroit continued that trend over the weekend as they completed a sweep of the White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago.
Blaine Hardy (3-1) stymied the Pale Hose on six hits over 5 1-3 innings as the veteran left-hander conceded a single run while walking one and striking out three. Nicholas Castellanos went deep in support as the outfielder made it three home runs in two days.
Sunday's victory pulled the Tigers to within a game of .500 and increased their winning streak to five games prior to their leaving town to take on the Cincinnati Reds and the Cleveland Indians this week. Matthew Boyd, who was unlucky not to pick up a win last time out against the visiting Twins, will take to the mound at the Great American Ball Park in the opener.
Cleveland meanwhile avoided a sweep at the hands of Minnesota with a 4-1 triumph at Progressive Field. The Tribe, who welcome in the White Sox on Monday, are just 5-5 over their past 10 outings and very much going through the motions as they deal with a depleted starting pitching rotation.
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