Detroit Tigers - 63-75, 4th in AL Central
Cleveland and Chicago are two of the teams the Tigers need to start beating if they ever hope to challenge for a playoff spot. They obviously aren't getting that message, as they've dropped eight straight to those two teams, four apiece. That includes the Tigers makeup game with Cleveland on Thursday afternoon, where the Tribe topped the Tigers 4-2. Nate Robertson didn't give up many hits, but when he did, they were big. He allowed just five hits in seven innings, but three of those hits were home runs, and one came with another man on to provide the Indians with the four runs they needed. The Tiger offense got started on a good note with a pair of runs in the first inning; Chris Shelton drove in Placido Polanco with an RBI double, then scored on a passed ball. But those would be the only runs the Tigers could manage. The Tigers return home to host Kansas City for a three game set. Sean Douglass takes on Zach Greinke at 7:05pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor
AAA Toledo Mud Hens - 1-1 vs. Norfolk (best of five)
The Mud Hens return home, where their series with Norfolk has turned into a best of three matchup after Norfolk's 7-3 win on Thursday night. Joel Zumaya started but was roughed up, giving up six runs in just two innings before being removed from the game. Steve Green, Adam Peterson and John Ennis combined to allow just one run over the final six innings, but Toledo couldn't make up the difference. Dewayne Wise went 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI, while Marcus Thames had a home run and two RBI. Toledo will face Norfolk at Fifth Third Field on Friday night at 7pm.
- Doug DeSloover, Toledo Correspondent
High-A Lakeland Tigers - Win 2-0 vs. Dunedin
Palm Beach won the East division series, so they'll move on to face Lakeland with the new series starting on Saturday.
- Aaron Westgate, Lakeland Correspondent
A West Mich. Whitecaps - Win 2-0 vs. Fort Wayne
West Michigan advanced to round two of the Midwest League playoffs with a 7-2 win over Fort Wayne Thursday. After the Wizards put two runs on the board in the bottom of the first, the West Michigan pitchers threw eight shutout innings. Starter Dallas Trahern recorded the win. The 'Caps lineup turned nine hits into their seven runs with little help in the way of walks or errors from the Wizards. Solid, consistent batting secured the win for West Michigan. Center fielder Clete Thomas and right fielder Luis Sabino led the hits with two each. On the RBI front, third baseman Nick McIntyre and shortstop Brent Dlugach knocked in two apiece. West Michigan plays game one of the next playoff round Saturday at Fifth Third Ballpark. Play gets underway at 7:00 p.m.
- Deb Ziegler, West Michigan Correspondent
SS-A Oneonta Tigers - 48-27, 1st in Stedler division
The O-Tigers closed out their regular season on Thursday with a 6-2 victory over Lowell. Matt O'Brien got the win, allowing two runs over seven innings, including three strikeouts. Matt Joyce had a pair of hits and a pair of RBI for the offense, and Justin Justice had three hits and a run. Jeramy Laster and Jeff Larish also each drove in a run. Oneonta is off on Friday, but they'll get kick the playoffs off on Saturday against Auburn.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor