The Tigers have had a pretty good start to the season. They swept the Twins, including back-to-back shutouts to open the season. David Price threw 8 2/3 shutout innings in his Opening Day start, while Anibal Sanchez followed up with 6 2/3 shutout innings of his own on Wednesday.
Shane Greene allowed the Tigers’ first run of the season in the seventh inning Thursday, an unearned run as a result of a Yoenis Cespedes error in left field. Alfredo Simon went into his Friday start with the Tigers’ earned run streak still intact in the series opener against the Indians.
Simon held the Indians scoreless over five innings, but finally relented in the sixth. With one out, Simon allowed back-to-back singles to Michael Bourn and Jason Kipnis before Michael Brantley doubled in a run, ending the Tigers’ streak. Carlos Santana and Brandon Moss each followed up with RBI singles, chasing Simon from the game and reducing the Tigers’ lead to 5-3.
If you’re counting, that’s 32 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run to open the season for the Tigers. That ties the 1963 Cardinals for the modern record, per MLB.com’s Jason Beck.
TORONTO — The Blue Jays clinched a postseason berth Thursday without taking the field.
Toronto was assured of an AL wild card berth when the Boston Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-3.
If Toronto holds its current position as the first of the AL’s three wild cards, the Blue Jays would open a best-of-three wild-card series at Rogers Centre next week.
“These guys are excited to be in this position,” Blue Jays manager John Schneider said after Wednesday’s 8-3 loss to the New York Yankees. “You’ve got three really good pitchers lined up against a good Boston team, playing at home. So I think it’s more excitement more than it’s nerves or anything. I think the guys are going to come out and be ready to roll on Friday night.”
Toronto became the fourth AL team to clinch a playoff berth, joining division champions Houston, the Yankees and Cleveland. The Astros and Yankees have first-round byes.
The Blue Jays last went to the playoffs in 2020, when they were knocked out with two straight losses to Tampa Bay.
Eight of the 12 berths in the expanded postseason have been clinched: The Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis earned division titles, and Atlanta and the New York Mets are assured no worse the wild cards while still competing to win the NL East. The Dodgers have a first-round bye.