When I looked at the schedule at the beginning of the season I thought the interleague play might be huge for the Tigers. Seeing who was on the schedule I was quite happy with Pittsburgh, Washington, and Arizona there. All teams I thought would be awful. Washington is a bit better than I thought, but they still got them in their second straight sweep. The first against Pittsburgh.
Now they have started against Arizona on the right foot with a hard fought 7-5 win to make it 7 in a row. Dontrelle Willis with a little stomach fat loss I'm sure in this horrid 90 degree heat and humidity, made his way back to Comerica for the start and had a rocky beginning when Maggs jacked one hard to give them a 2-0 in the 1st. They got it up to 4-0 before Armando fell apart in the 5th when Arizona tied it back up at 4.
Willis pitched 5 innings before he got yanked and the Tigers traded runs with the D-backs to make it 5-5. Then Inge tripled int he bottom of the 8th to give them the lead for good. Avila added an insurance run by knocking in Inge, and then Valverde mowed them down for his 15th save.
The better news is that the Minnesota Twins got shelled by the Phillies which puts the Tigers just half a game out of 1st place in the division.
Tigers get another ex-Tiger tomorrow in Edwin Jackson who was traded in the deal that brought Max Scherzer to Detroit. Unfortunately, Scherzer won't pitch until Sunday so they don't go head to head.