“I’m coming for you, Chicago!” — Miguel Cabrera (yes he really said this i heard him shut up)
Doug Fister spun a complete game shut out, striking out seven and walking none, and Miguel Cabrera slugged his 42nd homerun, as the Tigers pulled to within one game of the division leading White Sox.
Fister scattered seven hits through his nine innings of work, and was never really in that much trouble even though the Twins put runners on base in all but the sixth, seven and ninth innings. Fister looked much better Saturday afternoon than in his previous start, and more importantly, Fister’s complete game start saves the Tigers’ bullpen heading into a doubleheader on Sunday.
The Tigers’ offense jumped on Minnesota’s Samuel Deduno in the first inning, as Austin Jackson started off things with a leadoff homerun to give the Tigers the 1-0 lead. The Tigers never looked back after that, as they cruised on to the 8-0 victory.
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Miguel Cabrera blasted his 42nd homerun in the bottom of the fourth to bump the Tigers’ lead up to 8.
With that homerun, Cabrera pulled into a tie with Josh Hamilton for the homer lead, and now leads in all triple crown categories. If the season ended today, Cabrera would take home the triple crown. Meanwhile, Mike Trout sat in a leather chair in the Angels’ clubhouse and pet his white cat evilly, as he plotted how best to take the MVP trophy from Miguel Cabrera’s grasp.
The Tigers successfully turned a double play today! Fister started it, though, so maybe that was the key.
As stated before, Fister saved the ‘pen heading into Sunday’s doubleheader. That is huge.
The Tigers have reshuffled their rotation with Max Scherzer and Drew Smyly pitching in the doubleheader. Rick Porcello’s start, which was rained out Friday night, will be pushed to Wednesday, now.
Andy Dirks provided a triple and a double from the sixth spot in the batting order.
Delmon Young slammed a three-run homer in the third inning that bounced off the foul pole.
Austin Jackson hit a leadoff homerun in the first inning, for his fifteenth. Six of Jackson’s homeruns have led off the game.
Cabrera is hitting .364 for the month of September with eight homeruns and 24 RBI. He now has 23 homers and 59 RBI after the All-Star Break. Cabrera has a .788 SLG for the month of September!
Scherzer and Smyly will go tomorrow against Scott Diamond and P.J. Walters at 1:05 and 7:05 respectively.
The Angels and their own MVP candidate will take on the White Sox tonight at 10pm, EST. Dan Haren will take the mound, and he has been quite sharp in September after battling injuries earlier in the year. The White Sox will turn to rookie José Quintana.
Miguel Cabrera, we’re not worthy!