Sports: Tigers Lose in 10
The Tigers played their first extra-inning game of the season, on a late evening, rain-delayed game. Shane Green, hammered in his last three starts, looked to be in for another short day for Detroit. But Green settled down and went 8 full innings, giving up just the one run on four hits and didn’t walk a batter. The Tigers tied it in the third. Anthony Gose bunted his way on, and went to second on Omar Infante’s throwing error. He scored on an Ian Kinsler single. After a nearly 2-hour rain delay in the middle of the 9th, the Tigers got a leadoff walk to Miguel Cabrera, and Victor Martinez followed with a base hit. Cabrera was lifted for a pinch runner. After two pop-outs, Nick Castellanos walked to load the bases, but James McCann flied out to end the threat. In the 10th, Angel Nesbitt hit Alex Gordon with a pitch, and then wild-pitched him to second. Replays showed Gordon may not have actually been hit by the pitch, but he ended up scoring the go-ahead run. In the bottom of the 10th, Andrew Romine led off with a base hit and took second on a wild pitch by Royals’ closer Greg Holland, who then walked the bases loaded. But Hernan Perez, hitting in Miguel Cabrera’s spot, hit into a 5-2-3 double play. Holland walked Victor Martinez, and that left it up to Yoenis Cespedes, who struck out. Kansas City is now a game-and-a-half ahead of Detroit in the AL Central. The Tigers are off today and host the Twins on Tuesday. Alfredo Simon will start the game. Broadcast time is 6:40 p.m. on WBCK.
Tiger Injuries: Price to Skip a Start
David Price's next start is being pushed back two days as the Detroit left-hander recovers from a right hamstring strain. Price hurt himself Friday night when he stepped on a bat that had been tossed aside by an umpire in anticipation of a possible play at the plate. He was scheduled to start Thursday, but he'll instead be slotted for Saturday at St. Louis.
The Tigers have a day off Monday, so they won't have to add anyone new to the rotation in place of Price. Right-hander Justin Verlander, who has been sidelined all season with a strained triceps, threw off flat ground Sunday. He said he might be ready for a light bullpen session Tuesday.
The Tigers will likely be without catcher Alex Avila until after the All-Star break. He was placed on the disabled list over the weekend with a left knee injury that is expected to require surgery. Avila is getting a second opinion but says he hopes to be back in time for the second half of the season.
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