BallTherapy.jpgTigers’ Record:

51-47, 3rd place; 3 GB Chicago

Today’s Game

Tigers @ Rays | 7:10 p.m. ET – Tropicana Field | On the air: FSD/AM 1270 and 97.1 FM

Pitching Matchup

Justin Verlander (12-5, 3.76 ERA) vs. James Shields (8-9, 4.90 ERA)

Yesterday’s Results

Rays 5 – Tigers 0

Tigers History Lesson

Today’s Birthdays

On this Date in Tigers History

  • 1997 — The Tigers retire Hal Newhouser’s uniform number16. Newhouser pitched 15 seasons for Detroit and is the only pitcher to win back-to-back MVP awards, in 1944 and 1945. Following the festivities, the Tigers lose to Milwaukee, 11-7, as the Brewers come up with five runs in the ninth inning.

  • 1968 — In Baltimore, Denny McLain (20-3) shuts out the Orioles 9-0 for his 20th win of the season for the first-place Tigers. McLain is only the third pitcher in the 20th Century to win his 20th this early: the others were
    Rube Marquard on July 19, 1912 and Lefty Grove on July 25, 1931.

  • 1958 — The Tigers acquired minor-league catcher John Turk and cash considerations from the Phillies for catcher Jim Hegan.

  • 1938Hank Greenberg, who had hit home runs his last two at bats the day before, homers his first two times up to tie the major-league record of four in a row. Greenberg has a record-setting 11 two-home run games during the season.

  • 1928 — At Comiskey Park, Philadelphia A’s outfielder Ty Cobb starts for the last time in a regular
    season game. The 41-year old “Georgia Peach” singles and doubles before he is hit in the chest with a pitch and
    leaves the game hitting .332.