Lloyd McClendon won’t change his underwear until the Tigers stop winning

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Detroit hitting coach Lloyd McClendon has vowed not to change his underwear until the Tigers lose again and they’re riding a 12-game winning streak that dates back to September 2.

“Guys are getting a little uncomfortable standing next to me now,” McClendon told Bob Nightengale of USA Today. “They believe they can’t be beat. So if this thing keeps going, it can ugly.”

Luckily for McClendon the Tigers’ dugout probably smells of Jim Leyland’s cigarettes enough to mask his stench for at least another few games.

Nightengale notes that the last team with a winning streak longer than 12 games was the A’s in 2002, when they won a record 20 games in a row (which is featured prominently in the Moneyball movie). Coincidentally the Tigers begin a four-game series against the A’s in Oakland tonight.

Video: Gift Ngoepe singles in his first major league at-bat

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Pirates infielder Gift Ngoepe, just called up from Triple-A Indianapolis, singled in his first major league at-bat on Wednesday evening against Cubs starter Jon Lester. It was a well-struck ground ball up the middle in the bottom of the fourth inning. Unfortunately for him, the Pirates could not bring him around to score.

Ngoepe, who was pinch-hitting, stayed in the game to play second base.

Shelby Miller getting third opinion on elbow from Dr. James Andrews

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Diamondbacks starter Shelby Miller was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Monday due to inflammation in his right elbow. He had a second opinion from Dr. Neal ElAttrache on Tuesday and is currently awaiting a third opinion from Dr. James Andrews, Craig Grialou of Arizona Sports reports. That he’s getting a third opinion seems to imply that Miller’s elbow issue is rather serious.

Miller, 26, hasn’t been able to catch a break since joining the Diamondbacks. Last year’s nightmarish season included a finger injury stemming from mechanical woes and a brief demotion to the minor leagues. In 20 starts in the majors last year, Miller posted an ugly 6.15 ERA. This year, his ERA is a mediocre 4.09 over four starts.

The Diamondbacks called up Zack Godley to take Miller’s spot in the rotation. There was some speculation that it would be Archie Bradley instead, but he’s been working out of the bullpen.