The Tigers’ offense pulled off a rare feat against Rockies pitching on Saturday night: they scored in all eight innings, winning 11-5. They scored once in each of the first three innings, twice in the fourth, three times in the fifth, and once each in the sixth, seventh, and eighth innings.
According to STATS, it’s the first time the Tigers have scored in all eight innings of a nine-inning home game since 1912. It appears that the Blue Jays were the last team to accomplish the feat, victimizing the Yankees on April 29, 2006. That is unofficial to my knowledge, however.
Three Tigers homered: Miguel Cabrera (solo), Victor Martinez (three-run), and J.D. Martinez (solo). Three Tigers had three hits each: Rajai Davis, Ian Kinsler, and Alex Avila.
Matt Spiegel of 670 The Score Chicago heard from a source that Major League Baseball executives have been discussing a 100-game season that would begin on July 1 and conclude on October 15. It would essentially pick up the second half schedule, eliminating the All-Star Game while hosting the World Series at a neutral warm-weather stadium — ideally Dodger Stadium.
In the event the Dodgers, who won 106 games last year, made it all the way through the playoffs, the World Series would be hosted in Anaheim or San Diego. The earlier rounds of the playoffs would be played in the cities of the teams involved, which might be tough since the postseason would extend into November.
Spiegel went on to describe this vision as “an absolute best case scenario,” and that’s accurate. In order for the regular season to begin on July 1, the players would need to have several weeks if not a full month prior to get back into playing shape — more or less an abbreviated second spring training. And that would mean the U.S. having made significant progress against the virus by way of herd immunity or a vaccine, which would allow for nonessential businesses to resume operations. The U.S., sadly, is faring not so well compared to other nations around the world for a variety of reasons, but all of which point to a return to normalcy by the summer seeming rather unlikely.
Regardless, the league does have to plan for the potential of being able to start the regular season this summer just in case things really do break right and offer that opportunity. Commissioner Rob Manfred has stated multiple times about the league’s need to be creative, referring to ideas like playing deep into the fall, changing up the location of games, playing without fans in attendance, etc. This rumor certainly fits the “creative” mold.