Tigers hit nine homers in win over Braves

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On Saturday, the Tigers pitched a one-hitter in a 2-0 victory over the Braves. Today, they went about things a bit differently, crushing nine homers in a 18-3 rout.

The rundown:

Alex Avila – two-run off Randall Delgado in the first
Ryan Raburn – solo off Julio Teheran in the second
Brennan Boesch – solo homer off Julio Teheran in the second
Prince Fielder – solo homer off Julio Teheran in the third
Delmon Young – solo homer off Julio Teheran in the third
Jhonny Peralta – two-run off Julio Teheran in the third
Austin Jackson – solo off Julio Teheran in the third
Ryan Raburn – grand slam off Jason Rice in the fifth
Danny Worth – solo off Jaye Chapman in the seventh

All nine likely regulars started for the Tigers and seven homered, with only Miguel Cabrera and Andy Dirks getting left out of the fun. Poor Julio Teheran, regarded by most as one of the game’s top three pitching prospects, never had a chance with the wind blowing out to right.

Yeah, there’s good reason to worry about Detroit’s defense — Cabrera committed one of the team’s three errors today — but everything else is looking mighty fine.

Mariano Rivera awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom

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Hall of Famer Mariano Rivera was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Trump on Monday. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the highest civilian honor to “individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the security or national interests of America, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.”

Babe Ruth was posthumously awarded the medal last year. Yogi Berra got it posthumously in 2015, and Willie Mays and Vin Scully were also awarded it the same year.

Trump and Rivera are close. Rivera, who is from Panama, has been criticized for his relationship with Trump. Defending that relationship, Rivera said on Fox & Friends in July, “Mr. President Trump to me, he was a friend of mine before he became president. So, because he’s president I will turn my back on him? No. I respect him. I respect what he does and I believe he’s doing the best for the United States of America.”

Rivera, 49, served on Trump’s Opioid and Drug Abuse Commission in 2017. In 2018, Rivera co-chaired Trump’s Council on Sports, Fitness, and Nutrition. Rivera also co-hosted a fundraiser dinner for the America First Action PAC, which supports Trump and was also hosted by Donald Trump Jr. and Fox News personality Kimberly Guilfoyle.

This past January, Rivera became the first player ever inducted into the Hall of Fame unanimously. He is the all-time leader in saves with 652 as well as adjusted ERA (also known as ERA+) at 205. He retired with a 2.21 ERA and 1,173 strikeouts across 1,283 2/3 innings, spanning 19 seasons with the Yankees.