Martinez’s two-run blast in the first.
David Price (7-2, 2.62) had an uncharacteristically poor game in his last outing, allowing four runs to the Chicago White Sox and departing on odd circumstances. He’s anxious enough about Avila playing back-to-back games at the position he knows, let alone one that’s mostly unfamiliar.
The Blue Jays rotation has struggled the past two weeks and today was no different. Detroit tacked on three runs in the eighth.NOTES: The Tigers purchased the contract of INF Jefry Marte from Triple-A Toledo while placing 1B Miguel Cabrera on the 15-day disabled list on Saturday. The Jays have now lost six of their last eight games and are 8-11 since ending their 11-game win streak. The Tigers were second in runs scored a year ago thanks in large part to their star man Miggy but aside from him, The Tigers will have to be powered by J.D.
First, there was the foul snag when Avila tumbled head-first into a fan’s lap, hanging on to the ball for the final out of the fourth inning. It will be the first time in Cabrera’s 13 year career that he will be placed on the DL. That’s illegal at catcher, but not at first. We’ve done it in the past, there’s been stretches over the years where he’s had to sit because of trying to get him healthy for the end of the year.
Given an 8-0 lead, Sanchez (7-7) wound up allowing four runs, three hits and three walks in 7 1-3 innings, and left after 117 pitches. Every starting Tigers player had at least one hit by then, and both Yoenis Cespedes and Ian Kinsler finished the day with multiple hits. With the team just one game over. One out later, Alex Rodriguez and Teixeira hit consecutive singles, and McCann homered into the right-field stands for New York’s first walk-off win since Derek Jeter’s final home game in September.
The Tigers got off to a quick start, scoring four times off R.A. Dickey in the first inning.
Strasburg allowed one hit over 3 2/3 scoreless innings in his third start since coming off the disabled list. Martinez has been on fire of late, as he dominated June with 26 RBIs, tied for most in the league.
With the Tigers sitting at 40-39 and third in the AL Central, Cabrera’s injury couldn’t have come at a worse time. “We’ve just got to pick it up by the bootstraps and find a way to do it”.
In the last two seasons, Cabrera played through a sports hernia, a broken bone in his foot and bone spurs in his ankles. More concerning is the lack of depth into games in terms of innings he is giving his team on most nights, and the inconsistency bordering on less than level Major League Baseball average.