The Tigers have moved into a first place tie with Minnesota in the American League Central after Detroit won yesterday afternoon at Oakland 5-to-2 to sweep the 2-game series from the A’s. Jeremy Bonderman scattered three hits over six innings of one-run ball with eight strikeouts to pick up the victory and improve to 2-and-2. Three relievers finished up with Jose Valverde notching his 11th save.
Magglio Ordonez and Miguel Cabrera each went 2-for-4 with two rbi’s and a run scored. Cabrera’s 2-run homer in the fifth put the Tiger’s ahead 5-to-1 and increased his league-leading rbi total to 38. Detroit continues the West Coast trip tonight, beginning inter-league play with a 3-game series against the Dodgers
The Tigers improved to 24-and-17, the same record as the Twins, who lost 6-to-2 last night at Boston. Dontrelle Willis gets the start this evening for Detroit against the Dodgers, who are the hottest team in baseball right now, having won 10 of their last 11, including a 9-game winning streak. The White Sox lost 6-to-5 to the Angels last night in Chicago while the Cubs had their 4-game winning streak snapped yesterday afternoon with a 5-to-4 loss at Philadelphia.