Detroit Tigers - 63-76, 4th in AL Central
At this point, it doesn't even seem to matter who the Tigers play. After losing four apiece to Chicago and Cleveland, the Tigers were hoping to have more luck against the lowly Royals. That didn't happen though, as Zach Greinke continued his dominance of the Tigers in their 12-2 blowout victory. Greinke got the win, just his fourth of the year, allowing just a run in 5 2/3 innings. Sean Douglass meanwhile marked his return to the rotation in unimpressive fashion, giving up four runs in two innings before being pulled. Of course, the bullpen didn't fare much better, especially Matt Ginter, who gave up three more runs just after making his return from Toledo. The team continued to get hits, just never enough put together to bring any runs in. Magglio Ordonez got in a run on a fielder's choice in the fourth, while Carlos Pena was responsible for the Tigers' other run, a solo home run in the bottom of the ninth – which was obviously too little, too late. Mike Maroth will try and right the ship on Saturday night against Jimmy Gobble.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor
AAA Toledo Mud Hens - 2-1 vs. Norfolk (best of five)
Toledo returned home for an all important game three of their five game series with Norfolk, and came away with a 4-2 victory. Toledo is now just one victory shy of moving on to the Governor's Cup championship round. Kenny Baugh was excellent as the starter but left with a no decision. Baugh allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits in seven innings, including eight strikeouts. Mark Woodyard got the win for pitching a scoreless eighth, thanks in no small part to Toledo's two runs in the bottom half of the inning. Marcus Thames went 3-for-3, including scoring three of Toledo's four runs. Mike Hessman, Alexis Gomez, Gookie Dawkins and Ryan Raburn each drove in one run. The ‘Hens will try and finish things up on Saturday night.
- Doug DeSloover, Toledo Correspondent
High-A Lakeland Tigers - 0-1 vs. Palm Beach
Lakeland put up plenty of runs to open up their series with Palm Beach, but it wasn't enough to get the victory as Palm Beach took the first game 13-11. Both Josh Kauten and Eulogio De La Cruz got hit hard (Kauten gave up seven runs, De La Cruz three), but it was Brian Rogers that would take the loss for allowing the final three runs. Brent Clevlen had a big night, going 2-for-5, including his fourth home run of the playoffs, as well as four RBI. Juan Gonzalez chipped in with three hits and two runs, as did Kelly Hunt. The teams match up again on Sunday.
- Aaron Westgate, Lakeland Correspondent
A West Mich. Whitecaps - Win 2-0 vs. Fort Wayne
West Michigan plays game one of its 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
Oneonta starts off its run for the New York-Penn League championship on Saturday evening.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor