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The Score: Royals 3 – Tigers 2

The Gist: In a game of meager offense and late inning homers — a ninth-inning, two-out, game-tying shot by Miguel Cabrera off the right field foul pole, and a nearly identical drive by Royals’ third baseman Alberto Callaspo off Tigers’ closer Jose Valverde — it was a mental error by Scott Sizemore in the 11th inning that allowed the winning run to saunter home.

Max Scherzer was magnificent in his first Tigers start, working six shutout innings of one-hit mastery of the Royals. How’s that for hyperbole?

Unfortunately for the Tigers, Kansas City starter Luke Hochevar was equally tough blanking Detroit over 7.2 IP, allowing five hits, one walk and two strikeouts.

The Quote: “We got it to where we wanted it, with our closer still available, but tonight we just didn’t hold it. That’s all part of it.” — Jim Leyland

The Stat: 10 – The number of pitches in Cabrera’s at bat in the ninth inning.

Up Next: Dontrelle Willis, 0-0 0.00 ERA vs. Brian Bannister, 0-0 0.00 ERA

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