Monday, October 10, 2011

ALCS Game 2: Tigers at Rangers

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Nelson Cruz's homer helped lead the Rangers to victory in Game 1.
Hey, what do you know, they're actually going to play baseball today in Texas! This after postponing last night's scheduled Game 2 of the ALCS because of the threat of heavy rain all evening. Except, it never really rained. Go figure.

The forecast looks good today, though, so nothing to worry about as the Tigers attempt to knot the series up after dropping Game 1 Saturday night. Detroit will have a familiar (and surprising) name back in its lineup for this one: Delmon Young, who was supposed to be out for the series (and probably the postseason) with an oblique strain yet has been re-activated to take the roster spot that opened when Magglio Ordonez fractured his ankle. It's a bold and potentially dangerous move for the Tigers, but desperate times call for desperate measures. It'll be fascinating to watch Young swing. Tough to believe he won't be in incredible pain and be risking further injury.

Detroit will have right-hander Max Scherzer (who was brilliant in his lone ALDS start against the Yankees, then returned to pitch in relief for Game 5) on the mound. Texas counters with left-hander Derek Holland, who likewise pitched both out of the rotation and the bullpen during the ALDS against the Rays...

Where: Rangers Ballpark in Arlington
Gametime: 4:19 p.m.
TV: Fox
Radio: WSPZ (570 AM), XM 178
Weather: Partly cloudy, 74 degrees, Wind 6 mph LF to RF
CF Austin Jackon
2B Ramon Santiago
LF Delmon Young
1B Miguel Cabrera
DH Victor Martinez
RF Ryan Raburn
SS Jhonny Peralta
C Alex Avila
3B Brandon Inge
(P Max Scherzer)

2B Ian Kinsler
SS Elvis Andrus
CF Josh Hamilton
DH Michael Young
3B Adrian Beltre
C Mike Napoli
RF Nelson Cruz
LF David Murphy
1B Mitch Moreland
(P Derek Holland)


natsfan1a said...

As I was saying back in the division series...

Go, Tigers!

NatsStat said...

Joey Votto is reportedly on the block!

What Nats can we trade to Cinci, for him?

Anonymous said...

This is a pretty good game!

Jim Webster said...

I like 3-2-3 DPs with bases loaded. Keep the post-season drama going.

Anonymous said...

couldn't dodge a bullet twice. Grand Slam ends it.

natsfan1a said...

That was a good ballgame, though I was hoping for a different outcome. Nonetheless, I'm sticking with A.J. Pierzynski (did I just type that?) in rooting for the Tigers all the way.

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