An ugly game in Detroit as the Tigers beat the Orioles 12-9

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It’s approximately 165 degrees here in the Midwest today, so heading out to see a day game was already an iffy proposition for Tigers fans.  Those who used their day off work to do so were greeted with one of the uglier games of the past couple of weeks, as the Tigers and Orioles decided to have a pitching-optional Monday matinee.

O’s starter Kevin Millwood was pulled after a single inning having allowed five runs on four hits and a couple of walks.  Staked to a 5-1 lead, Tigers starter Andy Oliver promptly came out and allowed five of his own in the top of the second, finishing his day having allowed six runs in an inning and two-thirds. The Tigers bullpen stopped the bleeding more effectively than the Orioles’ did, however, and Detroit ended up winning going away.

Millwood was supposed to be an attractive bit of merchandise at the trade deadline, but he’s been basically dreadful since the first of May, watching his ERA shoot from 3.15 to 5.77 in that time.  As for Oliver, he looks to be the latest Detroit pitcher to need the Toledo cure, following Max Scherzer and Rick Porcello down 1-75.

Let’s hope this evening brings us some better baseball than this afternoon.

Video: Zack Greinke homers off of Clayton Kershaw

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Diamondbacks starter Zack Greinke continued to swing a good stick, belting his third homer of the season on Monday night against the Dodgers. With the game tied 3-3 in the second inning, Greinke lined a 1-1 Clayton Kershaw fastball over the fence in left field for a solo homer.

Greinke is the third pitcher to homer off of Kershaw, joining Madison Bumgarner and Tyson Ross. He’s No. 4 if you count Brandon Woodruff‘s home run in Game 1 of the NLCS last year. Greinke now has three homers on the season, setting a career-high. He’s batting .314/.351/.686 with six RBI, seven runs scored, and a stolen base along with the trio of dingers. Absurd numbers from a pitcher.