Maroth's 1-hitter leads Tigers to 8-0 victory

Jason Johnson finished off the first half of the season with a 2-hitter against the division-leading Twins. Well, in just the 2nd game back, Mike Maroth decided he needed to show up Johnson, and did so, 1-hitting the best team in baseball, the New York Yankees, en route to an 8-0 win.

Mike Maroth allowed only 1 hit all night long, a double down the left field line by Gary Sheffield. But Maroth wasn't dwelling on that hanging change-up after the game, instead he chose to focus on the fact that he had just shut out the best team in baseball.

Maroth went the distance, allowing just the 1 hit, as well as walking 2 batters. He also struck out 7 batters, with the Yankees unable to solve his cutter and change-up.

Meanwhile, Maroth's opposition didn't quite measure up to his performance. Javier Vasquez had his worst outing of the season, going only 4 1/3 innings (his shortest outing of the year) and allowing 8 runs (also the most of the year).

At the plate, there were a number of players that had big games. 3B Eric Munson had a 2-run Home Run in the 2nd - he's now tied for the team lead with 13 despite just 208 at bats. SS Carlos Guillen also had 2 hits and 2 RBI, and Dmitri Young went 2-for-3 with 2 runs scored and an RBI.

The Tigers, just 3 games under .500, continue to stay within shouting distance of the division leaders; Minnesota and Chicago. Gary Knotts will try and close the gap even more, facing Jon Lieber at Comerica Park. Game time is 7:05pm.

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