Detroit Tigers pitcher Doug Fister pitched an excellent game on Monday, giving up only four hits over the course of seven full innings. The Tigers struggled a bit on offense without Triple Crown candidate Miguel Cabrera in the lineup — Cabrera’s been battling an abdominal injury and has missed three straight games — but a two-run seventh inning, sparked by a triple from Andy Dirks, gave the Tigers all the cushion they needed to secure the 3-0 win.
The victory was an important one for Detroit. The Tigers and the Red Sox are almost dead even in the race for the top seed in the American League. As it stands right now, the Red Sox are 82-57 while the Tigers are 81-57.
Detroit catcher Alex Avila spoke about the palpable tension and energy: “At this time of the year, you can tell every game you’re playing is a little more [intense]. It’s almost like the playoffs have started” (MLB.com).
Tomorrow will be provide another excellent pitching matchup between the two teams, with Jon Lester taking the mound for the Red Sox and ace Max Scherzer pitching for the Tigers.