REGGIE TALES "Perfect" Game
The United States is still at war and there is an oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico but for the last 24 hours all anyone can talk about is the blown call that cost a Detroit pitcher a perfect game. ... Posted on 6/4/10 at 11:15 AM
Miguel Cabrera hit his 42nd homer, putting him in Triple Crown position, and Doug Fister pitched his first career shutout to help the Detroit Tigers beat Minnesota 8-0 Saturday, keeping their hopes high in the AL Central race.
"I've grown up a little bit," says Joel Zumaya, the right-hander who's resuming his pitching career with Minnesota. The former Detroit Tigers reliever says he will bring a different mentality to the mound. If he's healthy — he said today he feels "great" — he'll still be relied on to strike opponents out in the late innings. But his breaking and off-speed pitches will be an important part of his repertoire -- and not just the 100-mile-per-hour heat.
When you think of Jack Morris, you don't think about his splitter, the way you think of Nolan Ryan's fastball or Bert Blyleven's curve. Those two pitchers are in the Hall of Fame; Morris will learn this afternoon whether he will join them.
Minnesota native Jack Morris, whose 1991 World Series Game 7 pitching performance for the Twins stands as one of baseball history's greatest, finds out today whether he's been elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. But as far as pitching goes, it was the 1980s, not 1990s, that belonged to him.
Nelson Cruz had one more big blast, Michael Young caught the final out long after hitting a pair of doubles in one of the highest-scoring postseason innings ever and the Rangers became the American League's first repeat champion in a decade.
VIDEO: Scroll to end of article Nelson Cruz set a postseason record with his sixth home run of the series, Michael Young hit a pair of two-run doubles in a nine-run third inning, and the Rangers romped to a 15-5 win Saturday night that won the AL pennant in six games.
VIDEO: Scroll to page to view report Ex-Twin Delmon Young hits home run to help Tigers' effort Now it's on to Texas for the Detroit Tigers, and the AL championship series starting Saturday night against the defending American League champion Rangers.
VIDEOS: Watch at bottom of article Justin Verlander struck out 11 in eight gritty innings and Jose Valverde stopped a New York Yankees rally for the second straight night, whiffing Derek Jeter with two on to close out the Detroit Tigers’ 5-4 victory Monday.
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