Nick Castellanos went 3-for-5 with one homer and five RBI as the Detroit Tigers drilled the Cleveland Indians, 12-2, Wednesday afternoon at Progressive Field. Back on Friday in seven shutout innings against the Rays, Fulmer allowed just two hits for the win.
Miguel Cabrera smacked a two-out, two-run single before Nick Castellanos cleared the bases with a three-run bomb two batters later. It pains me as much to write it as much as it will you to read it, but the Detroit Tigers are NOT 2016 World Series contenders. In tonight's first game, Justin Verlander gets the nod for the Tigers, while the Blue Jays counter with Drew Hutchinson.
Castellanos hit Tomlin's next - and last - pitch over the wall in center field for a three-run home run.
"The should-be All-Star? Yeah, he's been huge for this team", starting pitcher Michael Fulmer said.
The fact that he was able to work through some early hiccups was most impressive, and teammates felt he actually improved following a brief scare in which he went down after getting stepped on by Jason Kipnis while covering first base on a double-play ball in the fifth inning.
Chase Headley hit a two-run homer for the second straight day for NY, which improved to 2-3 on a 10-game trip that takes the club to the All-Star break. The combined score: Indians 77-24.
Cameron Maybin hit a two-run homer and Ian Kinsler had three singles for the Tigers, who overcame a 2-0, fourth-inning deficit and beat the Indians for the first time in 12 meetings this year.
"That was the big blow of the game because it opened it up", Ausmus said. The right-hander is 7-1 with a 0.63 ERA in his last nine starts. The Tigers are running out of healthy starters. There is no dagger with Cleveland. "You play the next game and try to win".
Santana walked none and struck out eight in completing his first game since he shut out Arizona on June 16, 2012, when he played for the Los Angeles Angels.
NOTES: The Tigers recalled RHP Bobby Parnell from Triple-A Toledo. Parnell replaces RHP Buck Farmer, who was optioned to Toledo.
Meanwhile, against other team's Kinsler would certainly be considered an all star candidate, and would easily be a top five second baseman in the game.
Kinsler, whom ESPN's Buster Olney called the AL's biggest snub, faces a tall task, given the impressive voting bloc of Red Sox fans that selected four players to start the All-Star Game next Tuesday at Petco Park in San Diego. Even though both of these teams games go over more than 54% of the time, I am also leaning towards under 8.5 runs due to the pitching match-ups, although the bullpens could put this at risk late.
Cabrera ejected in the sixth inning against the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday night.
Indians: 3B Juan Uribe (right hand bruise) returned to the lineup after being hit by a pitch Saturday at Toronto.