Detroit Tigers - 20-22, 3rd in AL Central
For what it's worth, the Tigers topped the Red Sox 6-4 in the Hall of Fame Game in Cooperstown. Of course, Carlos Pena picked quite a day to awake from his two month slumber, going 4-for-4 with a home run. Back to real business, the Tigers take on the Yankees on Tuesday night at 7:05pm when Wilfredo Ledezma faces Mike Mussina.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor
AAA Toledo Mud Hens - 27-16, 1st in West division
Bad weather continued to plague the series between the Mud Hens and the Rochester Redwings, but Toledo stayed hot and beat the Wings 4-1. Sean Douglass continued his excellent start to the season pitching seven innings and only allowing one run on three hits. The win puts Douglass's record at 6-1, and his ERA is now 2.81. Jason Karnuth continued to be consistent for the Hens earning his ninth save of the season. Karnuth's ERA is now 1.74. Ryan Raburn, who is now on a five game hitting streak, was the only Hen with more than one hit, going 3-4 with a double and an RBI. Chris Shelton went one for three at the plate but his one hit was a big one, when he blasted a double in the fifth that scored two runs and put the Hens in the lead for good 2-1. Both teams left nine runners on base during the game, but the Hens outhit the Wings 8-3. The Hens will try to win their third straight game Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at Fifth Third Field against Rochester.
- Doug DeSloover, Toledo Correspondent
AA Erie SeaWolves - 25-19, 2nd in Southern division
The one word used to describe Erie's 1-0 win against the Akron Aeros is – wow. The lone run came from the SeaWolves' SS Tony Giarratano's RBI single in the 3rd. Giarratano's batting average climbed to .262. And what a debut for Erie's starting pitcher Virgil Vasquez! Vasquez dominated in 8 innings of pitching, refusing to give up even a single run. Vasquez was near-perfect giving up only 1 hit - a double in the 6th. Edwin Almonte relieved Vasquez in the 9th and got his 14th save of the season. Almonte leads the Eastern League with the most saves of the season so far. The SeaWolves face the Aeros in game two of their 4-game series Tuesday at 10:35.
- Paige Edelman, Erie Correspondent
High-A Lakeland Tigers - 30-14, 1st in West division
The L-Tigers opened their series against the Manatees with a 5-3 win. Jordan Tata improved his record to 4-0. He pitched five and two-thirds innings, gave up five hits and no walks while striking out seven. Tata allowed two earned runs in the seventh. The third run in the inning was charged to a fielding error by Garth McKinney. Kevin McDowell came on in relief and pitched two and third. Chris Homer pitched the ninth and got his thirteenth save of the season. The L-Tigers were able to generate the offense that was so sorely missed in their last series against Palm Beach. The L-Tigers had three home runs by three batters. Lakeland scored in the first on a two-out double by Kelly Hunt. Kody Kirkland hit a solo homer in the second to make it 2-0. Brevard County got ahead with a three-run fourth, but Lakeland regained the lead in the fifth on a two-run shot by Brent Clevlen, his ninth of the year. Danilo Sanchez added another run in the eighth with his ninth home run of the season. The L-Tigers play the Manatees tomorrow in Lakeland, 7pm.
- Aaron Westgate, Lakeland Correspondent
A West Mich. Whitecaps - 19-25, 5th in East division
The Whitecaps are in the grip of a five-game losing streak. In a close, very low-scoring game Monday, the 'Caps lost to Dayton 1-0. The news of the game was the first starting appearance for Josh Rainwater (2004 Oneonta Tigers) who was recently activated from the disabled list and arrived in West Michigan on the 22nd. While on the DL, Rainwater remained in Lakeland at extended spring training. Rainwater (L 0-1, 2.25 ERA) pitched four innings Monday, striking out four and giving up the Dragons' game-winning homer. Shortstop Stephen Young put up the two 'Caps hits of the night, a single to center in the 4th and a ground ball single in the bottom of the 9th. West Michigan meets Dayton again Tuesday. Play gets underway at 6:35 p.m.
- Deb Ziegler, West Michigan Correspondent