catswithbats and family take over Comerica Park, harass Don Kelly and Victor Martinez to great effect.

HERE’S A HANDY LIST OF ALL THE AWESOMENESS OF LAST NIGHT IN BULLET POINT FORM:

-ON FIELD BATTING PRACTICE

-GETTING DIRT FROM THE FOUL AREA BEHIND HOME PLATE IN MY SANDALS

-STANDING LESS THAN FIVE FEET AWAY FROM MIGUEL CABRERA

-INTIMIDATING BIG BURLY BALLPLAYERS WITH MY REALLY LONG CAMERA LENS

-STALKING THE TEXAS RANGERS

-WONDERING IF JOSH HAMILTON’S CURTAIN MATCHES HIS VALANCE

-GETTING DON KELLY TO TAKE A PICTURE WITH A SIGN I MADE

-GETTING VICTOR MARTINEZ TO SIGN MY VICTOR MARTINEZ JERSEY

-OH YEAH THERE WAS A GAME TOO, WELL THAT WAS PRETTY SWEET

-DOUG FISTER WENT AT LEAST SEVEN INNINGS AND DIDN’T STRIKE OUT OR WALK A SINGLE BATTER

-THE LAST TIGERS PITCHER TO DO THAT WAS JUSTIN VERLANDER IN MAY OF 2006 (VS. JOHAN SANTANA)

I put up a handful of pictures here. I’ll work on importing and uploading the other … 500 pictures, haha.

If you want to use the pictures for anything, like wallpaper or whatever, drop me a comment just so I know where they’re ending up. I probably won’t say no. Unless you’re planning on selling them.

I APOLOGIZE FOR MY DOUG FISTER TAG.

In the words of Torii Hunter: That was stupid. It was all stupid. Everybody was stupid.

So, that game. Weaver almost upstaged the Weaver/Verlander pitchers’ duel all on his own.

I really do think Ordoñez was checking to see if his homerun ball was fair or foul, but Guillén and Weaver both acted like asses, imo.

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Violet! You’re turning violet, Violet!


[This Is A Purple Clint Hurdle]

What a terrible way to lose a game. Lugo was out by a good five feet (another view). Meals claimed McKenry “olé’d” Lugo, and that he didn’t see the tag. As you can see, home plate is behind McKenry and the glove—with the ball—appears to be touching Lugo on the leg, and Meals appears to be looking at it. For his part, Lugo said he thought Meals made the right call, but what else is he going to say? Especially when Meals is the third base umpire the following night? I would not be surprised if a bunch of Pirates get ejected tomorrow.

With all that being said: if the postseason failures of ’09 and the Galarraga “perfect game” last year didn’t prompt them to introduce expanded instant replay, do you really think this is going to push them over the edge? It’s going to take something catastrophic—think Yankees or Red Sox losing a World Series title on a missed call—to cause real change, imo. They seem perfectly content to point to the “human element” until the end of time.

Apologies to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

h/t to rtjr and mattdeem for the links to the images

ETA:

Upon watching the replay, Jerry Meals said he got the call wrong. Good on him. Too bad he couldn’t have gotten it right in realtime.

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In actual Tigers-related news, Justin Verlander beasted his way to a 5-4 victory, his fourteenth of the season.

In the bottom of the eighth, the White Sox tried to snag victory out of Verlander’s steely, manful grip, but he was all, “Oh hell no!” and then proceeded to make Paul Konerko and Adam Dunn, both of whom had homered off Verlander earlier in the game, wet their pants.

Inning over, threat over, game over.

Beast.

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The Indians pulled a Detroit Tigers and loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth with nobody out and failed to score. They ended up losing that game 2-1.

Thanks to the Tigers’ victory, Cleveland is two games out and Chicago is four games out.

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After getting clobbered by the Rangers something like 1,000,000-5, the Minnesota Twins stole victory from the jaws of defeat and withstood Joe Nathan putting two men on in the bottom of the ninth to win 9-8. Neftali Feliz blew his fifth save of the season and took the loss. The normally reliable C.J. Wilson was struggly, giving up six runs (five earned) in four innings of work, with seven hits, three strikeouts and four walks allowed.

Twins’ relief pitcher Michael Cuddyer had a nice night at the plate, going 2-for-5 with a stolen base and an RBI.

Minnesota is now seven games out of first.

Obviously this is now their division to win.

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People are becoming increasingly less able to detect sarcasm over the Internets.

Justin Verlander is a god amongst mere mortals, Tip a Tiger, and OLIVEROSWTFBBQ

Justin Verlander ~*~*labored*~*~ through seven innings– and still managed to nab a quality start and a victory. He’s now 11-3, with a stellar 2.32 ERA and a miniscule 0.86 WHIP. What’s left to say about Verlander that hasn’t already been said? I’d say he’s a god amongst mere mortals, but I said that about him after his last start.

The Tigers took part in the Tip a Tiger event at CJ Mahoney’s Sports Grille in Troy tonight. Alex Avila, Kristina Avila, Phil Coke, Bobbie Brough (Coke’s fiancée), and Brennan Boesch were all celebrity waitstaff, apparently.

I am ANGAR I didn’t find out about this until 10:30 pm. Until next year, Tip a Tiger. Until next year.

OLIVEROSWTFBBQ! Lester Oliveros is being recalled from Toledo and Chance Ruffin is being recalled from Erie to take his place on the AAA team. No word on the Tigers’ corresponding move, but there’s speculation that someone will be going on the DL. It’s possible a trade is in the works or someone is being swapped out for Oliveros, but that doesn’t seem very likely at this point. Spit it out, Internets! Check out Tigers Amateur Analysis and Bless You Boys for up-to-date news.

ETA

Looks like Al Alburquerque is indeed going on the DL with elbow inflammation. (h/t Jon Morosi)

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I have some more to say about the Phil Coke in the Starting Rotation Experiment, but I’ll save that for later.