The Tigers promoted veteran infielder Brandon Inge from Triple-A Toledo on Saturday, after watching him catch fire for a three-week stretch against a lower level of competition in the International League.
He has apparently carried some of that minor league momentum with him back to Detroit.
Inge finished 2-for-4 with a solo home run and two RBI in his return to the big leagues Saturday, helping the first-place Tigers to a 10-1 blowout win over the second-place Indians. He also played the entire game at third base, experiencing no difficulty on defense.
Inge, a former All-Star, is expected to draw semi-regular starts at the hot corner down the stretch.
From Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times comes word that Dodgers starter Ted Lilly had to be removed from Saturday’s game against the Rockies due to stiffness on the left side of his neck.
Lilly told reporters that he has been bothered by the neck discomfort since sleeping awkwardly a few days ago in Milwaukee. The pain got worse and worse as Saturday’s start rolled on, and he departed with two outs in the bottom of the fifth inning. The veteran southpaw allowed three earned runs on three hits, striking out five but issuing three walks.
The Dodgers are hopeful that Lilly will feel well enough to make his next scheduled start.
Lilly, 35, has posted a 4.58 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 117/35 K/BB ratio through 149 1/3 innings this season.
Astros second baseman Jose Altuve recorded the first home run of his major league career on Saturday night against the Giants. And he did it in style.
Serving as Houston’s leadoff hitter in the bottom of the first inning, Altuve launched a deep fly ball to left field. It struck the top part of the wall at Minute Maid Park before taking a few awkward bounces against the padding.
By the time Giants center fielder Cody Ross corralled the ball, Altuve was rounding third — and blowing through a stop sign from Astros third base coach Dave Clark. Altuve crossed home plate standing up.
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Altuve, 21, is batting .321/.336/.406 with seven extra-base hits and six RBI through the first 111 plate appearances of his major league career. He was promoted from Double-A Corpus Christi in mid-July.