Tigers grab 21st victory with walk-off walk

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The Tigers rallied from a 6-1 fifth-inning deficit on Saturday night to capture a 7-6 extra-innings victory from the Red Sox.  It was all capped off by fill-in second baseman Ramon Santiago, who drew a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the 12th inning off Boston reliever Ramon Ramirez.  In all the excitement, Santiago almost forgot to trot down the line and touch first base:

“In all of my career, I’ve never been a part of anything like that, but
the guys were all telling me to go,” Santiago said. “It’s one of those
things you learn, I guess.”

The Red Sox threatened with runners in scoring position in both the 10th and 11th innings, but Detroit setup man Joel Zumaya powered his way through both jams.  Magglio Ordonez opened the 12th frame with a single, Brennan Boesch added a single in the next at-bat, and, two batters later, Brandon Inge drew a walk to bring Santiago to the plate.

Boston is now 19-18 on the season, 6.5 games back of the Rays in the American League East.  The Tigers are 21-16 and are keeping pace with the Twins in the American League Central.

Masahiro Tanaka throws a Maddux

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You do know what a Maddux is, right? In case you forgot, it’s a complete game shutout in which the starter throws fewer than 100 pitches. Friend of HBT Jason Lukehart invented that little metric and, because Greg Maddux is my favorite player ever, it’s pretty much my favorite stat ever.

In the Yankees-Red Sox game tonight it was Masahiro Tanaka doing the honors, tossing 97-pitch three-hitter in which he only allowed one runner to reach second base to beat Boston 3-0. He only struck out three but he didn’t walk anyone. He retired the last 14 batters he faced.

Chris Sale was no slouch himself, striking out ten in eight innings. He’s pitched great this year but he’s not getting any help. The Sox have only scored four runs in his five starts. Boston has scored only 13 runs in their last seven games. They’ve been shut out three times in the past seven. They scored more runs than anyone last year, by the way.

The game only took two hours and twenty-one minutes. Or, like, half the time of a Yankees-Red Sox game in the early 2000s. Progress, people. We’re making progress.

Shelby Miller has a tear in his UCL, considering Tommy John surgery

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Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that Diamondbacks pitcher Shelby Miller has a tear in his ulnar collateral ligament and is considering undergoing Tommy John surgery. Surgery would end Miller’s 2017 season and would cut into a significant portion — if not all — of his 2018 season as well.

Miller sent his MRI results to Dr. Neal ElAttrache and Dr. James Andrews for second and third opinions, respectively. He could choose to rehab his elbow rather than undergo surgery, but that comes with its own set of positives and negatives.

Miller lasted only four-plus innings in his most recent start on Sunday and carries a 4.09 ERA on the season, his second with the Diamondbacks. His time in Arizona has not gone well.