Tigers Today: August 11, 2010

BallTherapy.jpgTigers’ Record:

54-59, 3rd place; 10 GB Chicago

Today’s Game

Tigers vs. Rays | 1:05 p.m. ET – Comerica Park | On the air: FSD/AM 1270 and 97.1 FM

Pitching Matchup

Justin Verlander (12-7) vs. Matt Garza (11-6)

Yesterday’s Results

Rays 8 – Tigers 0

Tigers History Lesson

Today’s Birthdays

On this Date in Tigers History

  • 2009 — The Tigers and Red Sox cleared benches after Rick Porcello hit Kevin Youkilis during the second inning — and pile drives him after Youkilis charges the mound. It was a sight to see. The Tigers lost though, 7-5.

  • 1993Dan Gladden hits a grand slam in the Tigers’ 15-5 win over the Orioles. Gladden also hit a grand slam in yesterday’s game against Baltimore‚ making him the 14th player in history to do so in consecutive games.

  • 1968Gates Brown wins the opener for the Tigers by hitting a pinch homer — one of two pinch homers the Tigers hit — in the 14th to beat the Red Sox‚ 5-4. In the nightcap‚ he singles home the winning run as the Tigers score four in the ninth to win‚ 6 – 5.

  • 1923 — The Tigers beat the Yankees 10-4 in a series that features the top two hitters in the
    American League. Babe Ruth goes 3-for-8 against the Tigers‚ while Harry Heilmann is 5-for-10 against the Yankees. The two are neck and neck at .390 for the year.

    After the game‚ American League President Ban Johnson rules that Babe Ruth must give up his Sam Crawford bat‚ made for him by the future Hall of Famer. The bat is “four pieces of seasoned wood‚ carefully glued together.” On August 21‚ Johnson rules that only one-piece bats will be allowed‚ a rule that also affects Ken Williams‚ who is using a plugged bat.

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