The Tiger’s ten game winning streak over the Indians ended yesterday with Detroit losing 7-to-4 at Cleveland as the teams split the rain shortened two-game series. Tiger starter Max Scherzer had another ineffective outing, allowing 5 runs and 9 hits over five innings with his record slipping to 1-and-3. In his last three starts, Sherzer has been slapped around for 21 runs on 27 hits and seven walks over 13-innings.
Magglio Ordonez doubled twice and knocked in two for the Tigers, while rookie whiz Austin Jackson had two more hits and took over the lead among American League batters from teammate Miguel Cabrera. Jackson’s average is .371 with Cabrera at .370. Cabrera, who had a single and an rbi, leads the majors in runs-batted-in with 33. The Tigers tonight open a 9-game home stand, beginning with a 4-game series against the Yankees.
Before the game, Detroit’s Hall-of-Fame broadcaster Ernie Harwell, who passed away last Tuesday, will be honored. Harwell’s former partner on the radio, Paul Carey, will throw out the first pitch.
The Big Story in baseball Sunday was Oakland left-hander Dallas Braden pitching a perfect game against the team with the best record in baseball as he blanked Tampa Bay 4-to-0. The 26-year old Braden needed just 109 pitches to toss the 19th perfect game in major league history. The White Sox lost yesterday to Toronto 9-to-7 while the Cubs lost for the fourth time in five games, falling 5-to-3 at Cincinnati.