Oct 2, 2016; Atlanta, GA, USA; Detroit Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler (3) talks to an umpire after a strikeout against the Atlanta Braves in the first inning at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Tigers  (8-7) vs. Tampa Bay Rays (9-8)

Box Score via MLB.com

 

Tigers lineup:

Hitters Box Score via MLB.com

Game Notes:

Ian Kinsler got the party started right with his 41st career leadoff home run. Then, the party stopped.

Daniel Norris was tagged for 5 runs (4 earned) in only 4.2 innings of work. This ends his consecutive start streak at 21 games of giving up three or less earned runs. While not his best outing, he definitely wasn’t helped out defensively, with more misplayed balls in the outfield leading to extra bases and runs for the Rays. The offense again was held in check for

Sep 18, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Daniel Norris (44) against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. The Tigers won 9-5. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

the second time in three games, being able to muster only the single run gained in the first. Warwick Saupold did about all he could to keep the Rays off the board, but in the end he followed suit with the rest of the bullpen and gave up three earned runs in 3.1 innings of work, and was optioned to Triple-A Toledo after the game. Left handed pitcher, Blaine Hardy, is being recalled to take his roster spot, expected to join the team in Minnesota.

Pitching Results:

WP: Erasmo Ramirez (2-0, 3.07 ERA)

LP: Daniel Norris (1-1, 3.71 ERA)

Pitching Box Score via MLB.com

Standings: 

 

Standings via MLB.com

Looking Ahead:

The Detroit Tigers travel to Target Field to take on the Minnesota Twins for a three-game weekend set. After having been swept by the Rays, the Tigers will be glad to be out of Tropicana Field and into a real ballpark; though true, it is not the reason they lost these games. The Tigers recently took two of three from the Twins and will look to do the same, if not more, against them this time. Even with the sweep the Tigers still sit in first place, albeit they could be tied with three teams by the end of the day.

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